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Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Xuebin Zhang is a Principal Research Scientist of CSIRO Sea-level Team in the Climate Science Centre, Oceans and Atmosphere Division. His general research interests includes ocean and climate change, sea-level rise, climate variability, ocean dynamics and numerical modelling. He has been recently focusing on regional sea-level change and projection, and climate variability in the Pacific. He played critical role to develop regional sea-level projection by merging all sea level contributions together, and delivered the first ever country-specific sea-level projections in the Western Pacific, funded by the Australian Government's International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative.

He has been recently leading the CSIRO Ocean Downscaling Strategic Project to provide high-resolution (1/10 degree) future climate change signals in the ocean simulated by CMIP5 climate models with a near-global eddy-resolving ocean general circulation model.

He is currently leading a 5-year project to study the roles of the Southern Ocean and Antarctic Ice Sheet in sea level change, funded by the Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research (CSHOR), a joint initiative between the Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science (China), CSIRO, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and University of Tasmania (UTAS).

Before joining CSIRO in 2010, he had been studying and working at University of Washington (Seattle, Washington), NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (Seattle, Washington) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego, California), mainly focusing on ENSO and tropical ocean dynamics by applying both in-situ data analysis and numerical modelling.


  • –present
    Research scientist, Sea level rise, CSIRO