Christian Jakob, Ph.D.

Professor of Climate Modelling, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University


  • Dipl.-Met. (German MSc-equivalent) - Humboldt University, Berlin
  • PhD -Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich 

Fields of special interest 

  • The global energy and water cycle and its representation in weather and climate models.
  • The innovative use of observations in the evaluation of climate models.
  • The role of convection in the tropical circulation and their representation in climate models.
  • The role of clouds in the climate system.  

Employment history

  • Professor of Climate Modelling, Monash University, Since 2007
  • Senior and Principal Research Scientist, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (2002-2007)
  • Research and Senior Research Scientist, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, (1993-2001)  


  • Morton Medal of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society - 2017
  • Elected Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society - 2017
  • Ascent Award of the American Geophysical Union's Atmospheric Sciences Section - 2016

Senior National and International Scientific Leadership Positions

  • Co-Chair, World Climate Research Programme Modeling Advisory Council, 2012-2017
  • Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, 2017-2018
  • Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, 2011-2017
  • Lead Author, IPCC 5th Assessment Report, Working Group 1, 2010-2013
  • Theme Leader of the Monash Weather and Climate Theme, 2009-2012
  • Co-Chair of the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation, 2008-2012
  • Chair of GEWEX Modeling and Prediction Panel 2007-2010
  • Co-Chair Gordon Research Conference on Radiation and Climate, 2009
  • Editor for Journal of Climate 2004
  • Chair of GEWEX Cloud System Study 2004-2006
  • Co-lead scientist for the Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment (TWP-ICE) 2003-2006  

Current Research Grants

  • 2017-2023 - Professor Andrew Pitman; Professor Christian Jakob; Associate Professor Lisa Alexander; Professor Michael Reeder; Professor Michael Roderick; Professor Matthew England; Dr Gabriel Abramowitz; Associate Professor Nerilie Abram; Dr Julie Arblaster; Professor Nathaniel Bindoff; Dr Dietmar Dommenget; Associate Professor Jason Evans; Dr Andrew Hogg; Associate Professor Neil Holbrook; Professor David Karoly; Associate Professor Todd Lane; Professor Steven Sherwood; Associate Professor Peter Strutton; Dr Elizabeth Ebert; Dr H Hendon; Dr Anthony Hirst; Dr Simon Marsland; Dr Richard Matear; Dr Alain Protat; Dr Yingping Wang; Dr Matthew Wheeler; Mr Martin Best; Dr Sandrine Bony; Dr Wojciech Grabowski; Dr Stephen Griffies; Professor Dr Nicolas Gruber; Professor Hoshin Gupta; Dr Robert Hallberg; Dr Cathy Hohenegger; Associate Professor Reto Knutti; Dr Gerald Meehl; Mr Sean Milton; Dr Nathalie de Noblet-Ducoudr√©; Professor Dr Dani Or; Dr Jon Petch; Dr Christa Peters-Lidard; Professor Jonathan Overpeck; Associate Professor Joellen Russell; Dr Joseph Santanello; Associate Professor Sonia Seneviratne; Dr Graeme Stephens; Professor Dr Bjorn Stevens; Dr Peter Stott: ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.
  • 2015-2019 - Dr Helen Cleugh, Dr. Scott Power, Prof. Nathan Bindoff, Dr. Rob Colman, Prof. Christian Jakob, Dr. Susan Wijffels, Prof. David Karoly, Dr. Harry Hendon, Prof. Michael Roderick, Dr. Bryson Bates, Dr. Bertrand Timbal, Dr. Kathy McInnes, Prof. Steve Sherwood, Dr. Julie Arblaster, Dr. Tony Hirst, Dr. Kevin Hennessy, Dr. Wenju Cai, Dr. Ying-Ping Wang, Mr. John Clarke, Mr. Chris Gerbing, Prof. Matthew England, National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Earth System Hub
  • 2015-2018 - Prof. Christian Jakob, Dr Harry Hendon, Dr Oscar Alves: Improved Use of Seasonal Forecasting to Increase Farmer Profitability - ACCESS S Enhancement.
  • 2015-2018 - Prof. Christian Jakob, Dr Alain Protat, Dr. Peter May, A/Prof. Todd Lane: The vertical structure of convective mass-flux derived from modern radar systems - Data analysis in support of cumulus parametrization. US Department of Energy, Atmospheric Systems Research.