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Susan Elizabeth Anne Wijffels (born 3 August 1965) is an Australian oceanographer employed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and based in Hobart, Tasmania.[1] Wijffels specialises in quantifying global ocean change over the past 50 years, including its anatomy and drivers. She is recognised for her international and national leadership of the Global Ocean Observing System. She is regarded as an expert in the Indonesian Throughflow and its role in global climate.[2][3][4]



  • BSc (First Class Hons), Flinders University, South Australia (1986)
  • PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering, (1993)

Career and notable achievementsEdit

Wijffels, in collaboration with colleagues at NASA, identified and corrected systematic biases, discovered in 70% of measurements in the Global Ocean Observing System. This led to the observation that the world's oceans have both warmed and rose at an increased rate in the past four decades.

Wijffels has received the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s Priestly Medal and the Australian Academy of Sciences’ Dorothy Hill award in recognition of her efforts to understand the role of the oceans in climate change.

In 2011 Wijffels was inducted to the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women for service to science.


  1. ^ Abraham, John. "Scientists in focus – Susan Wijffels and Rebecca Cowley". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Australian Research Council's (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. ^ Abraham, John (26 December 2014). "Scientists in focus – Susan Wijffels and Rebecca Cowley". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Susan Wijffels honoured with two significant science awards - monday:m@il - 15 March 2010". Retrieved 16 August 2016.

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