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Todd Lane

Professor And Reader
Earth Sciences
Mesoscale Meteorology
Atmospheric Dynamics
Thunderstorms
Numerical Modelling
Aviation Meteorology
Turbulence
Atmospheric Waves
science & technology
physical sciences
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Prof

Todd Lane

 
Division
Science
 
Primary Interest
Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
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Prof

Todd Lane

 

Dr Todd Lane is the Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX), and Associate Professor and Reader in atmospheric sciences at the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne.
Dr Lane received a BSc (Hons) in 1997 and PhD in 2000 from Monash University with specializations in applied mathematics and meteorology.

After completing his PhD he accepted a prestigious Advanced Study Program postdoctoral fellowship at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado USA. During his postdoctoral position, he studied a range of topics in mesoscale meteorology, including research into aircraft turbulence and atmospheric waves. On completion of his postdoc in 2002 he moved to a permanent research scientist position in the Research Applications Laboratory of NCAR where he was a member of the FAA-funded turbulence forecasting development team. During that time, he also worked on the investigation into the crash of NASA's Helios experimental aircraft.


Dr Lane returned to Australia in 2005 to commence a faculty position in the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne. In this position, he leads a research group in mesoscale meteorology and cloud processes, as well as contributes to the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs in the Climate and Weather area. In 2010, he was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to study convective cloud processes, and in 2014 was promoted to the rank of Reader.


Dr Lane has held a number of leadership positions including President of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (2014-2016) and Chair of the American Meteorological Society's Committee on Mesoscale Processes (2012-2015). He is currently a member of the WMO Expert Team on Severe Monsoon Weather.


From 2011 to 2018 he was a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, where he led the tropical convection research program.


Dr Lane’s current research focuses on topics mostly in the areas of mesoscale meteorology and their relevance for weather prediction and climate. These include: convective cloud processes, wildfire weather, orographic rainfall, gravity waves, numerical modelling and weather prediction, tropical meteorology, and aircraft turbulence. He has particular interest in multi-scale interactions.


He recently co-edited the book “Aviation Turbulence: Processes, Detection, Prediction”, published by Springer in 2016.


Projects

Displaying the 16 most recent projects by Todd Lane.

16

Projects

Project Types


8

Research Grant


5

Internal Research Grant


3

Research Contracts


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 97 most recent scholarly works by Todd Lane.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2018

Elected Fellow

Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

2013

Editor's Award for Monthly Weather Review

American Meteorological Society

2012

Anton Hales Medal for distinguished research in the Earth Sciences

Australian Academy of Science

2005

NASA Certificate of Appreciation for 'outstanding contributions associated with the Helios Prototype mishap investigation'.

NASA

2005

NASA Group Achievement Award for 'outstanding contributions to aviation weather safety research and development'

NASA

2002

Centenary of Federation PhD Prize

Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Professor And Reader

Earth Sciences

Member

American Geophysical Union

Member

American Meteorological Society

Member

Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

Monash University

Honours degree of Bachelor of Science

Monash University