Dr Angela Maharaj
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Angela Maharaj

Climate Change Research Centre


I am a lecturer in the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) at UNSW and Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS). My science research is in understanding  the role of the ocean in climate variability particularly through satellite oceanography but I also have interests in learning & teaching and knowledge transfer from the tertiary to secondary education sector, particularly with regards to promoting numerical literacy and physical sciences.


2007: Doctor of Philosophy (Atmospheric Science), Macquarie University, NSW, Australia.
1998: Bachelor of Science Honours I, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia.


My research interests lie in interannual to decadal scale processes which dominate climate variability with a strong focus on the Indo-Pacific and the role of the ocean. I have been pursuing research in the areas of:
•    Climate modes of variability                              
•    Planetary wave propagation
•    Subtropical gyre variability
•    Ocean Productivity
•    Tropical Cyclones
•    Satellite derived ocean variables (e.g., SSH, SST, chlo)
•    In situ ocean data
•    Model output
•    Education and Outreach: oceanography, meteorology and climate science


Recruitment: Students interested in Honours, Masters or PhD in any of the above topics are welcome to contact me about possible research projects.


Hons- On line and Switched on? Are high tech education resources effective learning tools for climate science? Keith Huang (UNSW)


PhD- Influence of climate variability and change on ocean primary productivity- Andre Belo do Couto (Macquarie University- 2012)
PhD- Seasonal forecasting of tropical cyclone formation in the Australian region- Angelika Werner (Macquarie University- 2011)
Hons- Interannual to interdecadal variability in Southern Ocean Water Masses and links to the Southern Annular Mode- Claire Krause (nee Davis)
(Macquarie University -2010)



MSCI0501 - The Marine Environment

CLIM1001 - Introduction to Climate Change

Secondary school project:

The Smart Science Initiative - Four great online resources for Year 9 and 10 students to learn about some big questions in science including one on climate. See link at bottom of page.

Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS)- Treasurer and Member of Education and Outreach Committee.

Level 4, Mathews Building
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Ulpiani G; Hart MA; Di Virgilio G; Maharaj AM, 2022, 'Urban meteorology and air quality in a rapidly growing city: Inter-parameter associations and intra-urban heterogeneity', Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 77, pp. 103553 - 103553, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.103553
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ulpiani G; Hart MA; Di Virgilio G; Maharaj AM; Lipson MJ; Potgieter J, 2022, 'A citizen centred urban network for weather and air quality in Australian schools', Scientific Data, vol. 9, pp. 129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41597-022-01205-9
    Journal articles | 2021
    Di Virgilio G; Hart MA; Maharaj AM; Jiang N, 2021, 'Air quality impacts of the 2019–2020 Black Summer wildfires on Australian schools', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 261, pp. 118450 - 118450, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2021.118450
    Journal articles | 2021
    Eabry MD; Taschetto AS; Maharaj AM; Sen Gupta A, 2021, 'What Determines the Lagged ENSO Response in the South-West Indian Ocean?', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2020GL091958
    Journal articles | 2016
    Abdullah NN; Idris NH; Idris NH; Maharaj AM, 2016, 'The retracked sea levels from SARAL/AltiKA satellite altimetry: The case study around the strait of Malacca and the South China Sea', International Journal of Geoinformatics, vol. 12, pp. 33 - 39
    Journal articles | 2013
    Couto ; Holbrook N; Maharaj A, 2013, 'Unravelling Eastern Pacific and Central Pacific ENSO Contributions in South Pacific Chlorophyll-a Variability through Remote Sensing', Remote Sensing, vol. 2013, pp. 4067 - 4087, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs5084067
    Journal articles | 2012
    Werner A; Maharaj AM; Holbrook NJ, 2012, 'A new method for extracting the ENSO-independent Indian Ocean Dipole: Application to Australian region tropical cyclone counts', Climate Dynamics, vol. 38, pp. 2503 - 2511, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00382-011-1133-y
    Journal articles | 2009
    Maharaj AM; Holbrook NJ; Cipollini P, 2009, 'Multiple westward propagating signals in South Pacific sea level anomalies', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, vol. 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2008JC004799
    Journal articles | 2008
    Holbrook NJ; Maharaj AM, 2008, 'Southwest Pacific subtropical mode water: A climatology', Progress in Oceanography, vol. 77, pp. 298 - 315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2007.01.015
    Journal articles | 2007
    Maharaj AM; Cipollini P; Holbrook NJ; Killworth PD; Blundell JR, 2007, 'An evaluation of the classical and extended Rossby wave theories in explaining spectral estimates of the first few baroclinic modes in the South Pacific Ocean', Ocean Dynamics, vol. 57, pp. 173 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10236-006-0099-5
    Journal articles | 2005
    Maharaj AM; Cipollini P; Holbrook NJ, 2005, 'Observed variability of the South Pacific westward sea level anomaly signal in the presence of bottom topography', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 32, pp. 1 - 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2004GL020966
  • Conference Posters | 2014
    Maharaj AM; Tailleux RGJ; Nam C, 2014, 'How sensitive is generalised linear rossby wave theory to uncertainties in the determination of the background mean flow?', Honolulu, Hawaii, presented at AGU/ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, 23 February 2014 - 28 February 2014, http://www.eposters.net/pdfs/how-sensitive-is-generalised-linear-rossby-wave-theory-to-uncertainties-in-the-determination-of-the.pdf