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Dr Bertrand TIMBAL

Senior Principal Research Scientist
Climate Modelling & Prediction Section

  • bertrand_timbal@nea.gov.sg

Dr Bertrand TIMBAL

Dr Bertrand Timbal leads the Climate Modelling and Prediction Section in CCRS. His research aims to develop techniques to translate climate change information from climate models to smaller scales in order to provide useful information for climate change impact studies as well as detection and attribution of ongoing observed changes. He has extensive experience in national climate change projections, developing downscaling methods and products and reaching out to the impact community in particular in the water management sector. Dr Timbal has published about 100 peer-reviewed publicly available papers. Before moving to Singapore, he was involved as theme leader for the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI), as a project leader in the Victorian Climate Initiative (VicCI) and contributed as lead scientist to the Climate Change in Australia (CCIA) effort.

Education

    • 2003-2007
    • MBA in Technology Management, Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia
    • 1992-1994
    • PhD in Environmental Science, Meteo-France, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France
    • 1989-1992
    • MSc at ENSEEIHT, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France

Working Experience

    • 2016-present
    • Senior Principal Research Scientist, Centre for Climate Research Singapore, MSS
    • 2015-2016
    • Principal Research Scientist, Research and Development Branch, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
    • 2011-2014
    • Principal Research Scientist, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), Australia
    • 2008-2011
    • Senior Research Scientist, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), Australia
    • 2000-2007
    • Research Scientist, Climate Forecasting group, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre (BMRC), Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
    • 1997-2000
    • Research Scientist, Climate Change group, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre (BMRC), Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
    • 1996-1997
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Climatic Impact Centre (CIC), Macquarie University, Australia; and scientific visitor, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre (BMRC), Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
    • 1994-1995
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (CNRM), Météo-France, Toulouse, France
    • 1992-1994
    • PhD student, Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (CNRM), Météo-France, Toulouse, France

Research Interests

  • Climate processes
  • Downscaling
  • Climate variability and change
  • Detection and attribution

Lim See Yee, Charline Marzine, Prince Xavier, C.P. Chang, Bertrand Timbal, 2016:

Impacts of boreal winter monsoon cold surges and the interaction with MJO on Southeast Asia rainfall

J. Climate.

Gutowski, WJ, F. Giorgi, B. Timbal, A. Frigon, D. Jacob5, H-S Kang, R. Krishnan, B. Lee, C. Lennard, G. Nikulin, E. O’Rourke, M. Rixen, S. Solman, T. Stephenson and F. Tangang, 2016:

WCRP COordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX): A Diagnostic MIP for CMIP6.

Geoscientific Model Development, doi:10.5194/gmd-2016-120-RC1.

Timbal, B, M Griffiths, KS Tan, 2015:

Rainfall and streamflows in the Greater Melbourne catchment area: variability and recent anomalies.

Climate Research 63 (3), 215-232.

Dowdy, A., G. Mills, B. Timbal and Y. Wang, 2014:

Fewer large waves projected for Eastern Australia due to decreasing storminess.

Nature Climate Change, 4(4), 283-286, doi:10.1038/nclimate2142.

Timbal, B. and W. Drosdowsky, 2013:

The relationship between the decline of South Eastern Australia rainfall and the strengthening of the sub-tropical ridge.

Int. J. of Clim., 33(4), 1021-1034, doi: 10.1002/joc.3492.

Timbal, B., and H. Hendon, 2011:

The role of tropical modes of variability in recent rainfall deficits across the Murray-Darling basin.

Water Res. Res., 47(12), W00G09, doi:10.1029/2010WR009834.

Timbal B. and B.J. McAvaney. 2001:

An analogue-based method to downscale surface air temperature.

Application for Australia, Climate Dynamics, 17, 947-963.

Timbal, B., J.-F. Mahfouf, J.-F. Royer and D. Cariolle. 1995:

Sensitivity to prescribed changes in sea surface temperature and sea-ice in doubled carbon dioxide experiments.

Climate Dynamics, 12, 1-20.

Dr Timbal’s full publication record can be accessed here.