Singapore Government


Senior Research Scientist
Department of Climate Research
Seasonal & Sub-seasonal Prediction Branch



Dr Thea Turkington’s research interests include climate predictions on timescales varying from seasonal to the end of the century, with a focus on extreme weather and its impact (in particular for hydrological processes and water management). She is currently working on developing seasonal and sub-seasonal predictions for Singapore and the Maritime Continent as part of the seasonal/sub-seasonal prediction team at CCRS.


    • 2011-2016
    • PhD in Climate Change and Natural Hazards, University of Twente, Netherlands
    • 2010-2011
    • MSc in Climate Change, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
    • 2008
    • PG Certificate in Meteorology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • 2002-2006
    • BSc in Physics and Earth Science, University of Victoria, Canada

Working Experience

    • 2016-present
    • Research Scientist/ Senior Research Scientist, Centre for Climate Research Singapore, MSS
    • 2008-2010
    • Meteorologist, MetService, New Zealand
    • 2006-2007
    • Data Analyst, ADS Environmental Services, New Zealand

Research Interests

  • Sub-seasonal/seasonal predictions
  • Tropical weather and climate processes
  • Rainfall extremes

Timbal, B., Turkington, T., Hassim, M. E. and Gao, E., 2018:

Heavy rain.

ENVISION, 14:29-31.

Timbal, B., Turkington, T. and Hassim, M. E., 2018:

Temperatures rising.

ENVISION, 15:54-57.

T. Turkington, K. Breinl, J. Ettema, and V. Jetten, 2016:

A new flood type classification method for use in climate change impact studies.

Weather and Climate Extremes, In Press, doi:10.1016/j.wace.2016.10.001.

V. Bharti, C. Singh, J. Ettema, and T. Turkington, 2016:

Spatiotemporal characteristics of extreme rainfall events over the northwest Himalaya using satellite data.

Int. J. Climatol., 36: 3949–3962, doi:10.1002/joc.4605.

J. Wood, S. Harrison, T. Turkington, and L. Reinhardt, 2016:

Landslides and synoptic weather trends in the European Alps.

Climatic Change, 136: 297, doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1623-3.

T. Turkington, J. Ettema, C. van Westen, and K. Breinl, 2014:

Empirical atmospheric thresholds for debris flows and flash floods in the Southern French Alps.

Nat Hazard Earth Syst Sci, 14:1517-1530, doi:10.5194/nhess-14-1517-2014.

K. Breinl, T. Turkington, M. Stowasser, 2014:

Simulating daily precipitation and temperature: a weather generation framework for assessing hydrometeorological hazards.

Met Apps, 22:334–347, doi:10.1002/met.1459.

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