Claire Spillman

Claire Spillman
Claire Spillman

Contact Details:

  • Fax: +61 (0)3 9669 4660
  • Phone: +61 (0)3 9669 8105
  • Address:
    Bureau of Meteorology
    GPO Box 1289
    Melbourne, 3001

Personal Data:


  • University of Western Australia, 2008, PhD in Environmental Engineering
  • University of Western Australia, 2000, BSc.(Chemistry)/B.E.(Environmental) Hons.

Interests and Research:

My primary interests are coupled dynamical seasonal marine modelling applications. My current research involves dynamical seasonal forecasting for coral reef and fisheries management, including Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching risk, Australian southern bluefin tuna fisheries, and Tasmanian salmon and Queensland prawn aquaculture. Additional projects include investigating oceanographic drivers on Queensland scallop production and the Ningaloo 2010 heatwave.

I have also led projects to develop new cutting edge prediction SST-based and sea level products using the coupled seasonal forecast model POAMA for coral bleaching risk in the Western Pacific under PACCSAP. This work builds on previous research and development of the first dynamical operational forecasts for coral bleaching risk on the Great Barrier Reef. Additionally I also led a complementary project to update and operationalise ReefTemp, a tailored real-time remote sensing SST-based application for assessing coral bleaching risk on the Great Barrier Reef. Plans are in place to further expand the ReefTemp Next Generation system to Australian waters. Both the seasonal forecasts and ReefTemp nowcasts are important components of the GBR Early Warning System for coral bleaching.

Operational POAMA GBR Forecasts

Experimental POAMA GBR Thermal Stress Forecasts

Experimental PACCSAP Sea Level Forecasts for the Western Pacific

Experimental PACCSAP Coral Bleaching Risk Forecasts for the Western Pacific

ReefTemp Next Generation

eReefs Marine Water Quality Dashboard


Full publications list

Google Scholar publication and citation analysis

ResearchGate profile and publications

Positions and Committees:

  • Research Scientist, CAWCR, 2005-present
  • First Aid Officer
  • CAWCR-BoM Social Club
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