Dr. Harald Richter
Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology
About Dr. Harald Richter
Harald is a senior research scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne, Australia. His main research interest spans a variety of aspects of deep moist convection (thunderstorms), primarily in the extra-tropics. His viewpoint on convection has become quite operational in nature, having worked as a thunderstorm and radar trainer at the Bureau of Meteorology between 2004 and 2009. Focal areas of his work in the past have been convective initiation, the diagnosis of Doppler radar signatures and the 0-48 hour thunderstorm forecast problem. More recently, Harald has joined the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre as lead for the Impact Forecasting project. This work seeks to demonstrate a pilot capability in taking Bureau of Meteorology wind and rain forecasts to assess the impact on residential buildings, with Geoscience Australia as the partner organisation. Harald has also been working on an ensemble-based calibrated probabilistic thunderstorm prediction methodology. Additionally, he is investigating selected Australian severe thunderstorm case studies with an aim of improving their operational predictability and the quality of the associated warning decisions.