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Dr Christa Pudmenzky


  • Bio/Profile
  • Dr Christa Pudmenzky has a PhD in Agricultural Climatology. She has over 20 years’ experience researching the impact of climate on agriculture. Her career has primarily been as Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied Climate Science at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, specialising in climate, drought, agricultural application research. In this, Christa developed the important Australian Drought Monitor and associated drought indices suitable for Australian conditions, which are now used by government and primary producers in drought monitoring, planning and prediction.  She has a strong capability in climate change adaptation integration analysis and associated program and project development, especially in relation agriculture and aspects such as dust transport, associated geomorphology, and relevant climate science. Christa is also Lecturer in Climate Science in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Christa has also been selected as an Expert Team Member representing Australia and the South-West Pacific region within the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) (of the United Nations) Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) and Commission for Climatology (CCl). Furthermore, she has now been appointed by the Executive of WMO as the Focal Point on Gender Equality for the WMO/UN Commission for Weather, Climate, Water, and Related Environmental Services (SERCOM), which represents all 192 countries of the UN. Christa has also been selected as the Expert Team Global Co-Lead on Drought as part of the Standing Committee on Services for Agriculture (SC-AGR). She also has been actively involved in the international Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) program (and also related Citizen Science activities) recovering long-term global historical weather data to underpin 3D weather reconstructions (reanalyses) spanning the last 200-250 years for climate applications and impacts needs. Christa is also co-Director of the newly formed climate-risk consultative company: Speedbird Climate P/L., in Brisbane.