Our team is made up of people with different scientific backgrounds but a unique interest. Who are we?
Luke Sutherland-Stacey, Director (PhD)
is an expert in in-situ and remote sensing techniques and works actively in the interdisciplinary space bridging the gap between research and applications.
John Nicol, Senior Scientist (PhD)
has over 20 years experience developing weather radar technologies and measurement techniques in academia and working with national weather services.
Beatriz Reboredo (PhD)
moved to New Zealand from Spain in 2015 and completed a PhD in atmospheric dynamics at the University of Auckland looking at the scale sensitivity of heat-induced tropical circulations. She joined WRNZ in 2019 as a postdoctoral scientist, where she works towards improving radar analysis through interpolations methods.
Geoff Austin, Professor (PhD)
has been working with weather radar rainfall measuring and flood forecasting systems around the world for more than 40 years in academic and commercial settings.
Brook Keats (DPhil)
is an Earth Scientist who completed his DPhil in Geophysics at the University of Oxford in late 2019. He joined Weather Radar NZ in mid 2020, where he has been researching the relationship between landslides and rainfall, quantifying the errors in estimating rainfall from at a point from the records at nearby rain gauges, and developing radar derived nowcasts for use in weather warning systems.
Lydia Watson (undergrad student)
is a current fourth year student at the University of Auckland, studying physics and engineering science. She has been working part time for Weather Radar New Zealand since 2019 doing both field work and supervised research.
Harry Oudenhoven, Electronics Technician
Harry worked for the Auckland Nuclear Accessory Company for a short time before working for the University of Auckland as a technician in the Physics Advanced Laboratory. Finding retirement not sufficiently challenging, he now works part time for Weather Radar New Zealand contributing to their electronics projects.