Dr Helen Cleugh is an atmospheric scientist with almost 30 years’ experience combining research discovery, delivery and leadership. Her research expertise lies in quantifying the interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere, and their effects on weather, climate and hydrology; and water-use and carbon uptake.
Dr Cleugh is currently the Director of the CSIRO Climate Science Centre. The Climate Science Centre brings together the core of CSIRO’s capability in modelling and observing the atmosphere, ocean and climate. The Centre collaborates closely with national and international research partners to deliver knowledge and information products and services to a broad community of research and end-users.
Dr Cleugh previously led the establishment of the National Environmental Science Programme’s Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, a large national climate research consortium between CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and key university partners. From 2007, she led much of the climate and atmospheric research within CSIRO, collaborating with other research providers and funders to deliver the research needed for Australia to manage the challenges and opportunities of a changing and variable climate.