Doctor Gerard Devine

Gerard Devine is the Institute's Data Manager. He is responsible for ensuring that the large amounts of data being generated by HIE activities is managed in an efficient and responsible manner and implements systems and policies to allow this. He commenced his position in March 2013 following several years developing data and metadata infrastructures for climate modelling science at the University of Reading in the UK.

Gerard holds a PhD in atmospheric modelling from the University of Leeds where he also completed a BSc in Environmental Science. In between Leeds and Reading he also undertook a postdoctoral position modelling storm systems over West Africa.

Technical Expertise

  • ensuring the Institute's day-to-day research data capture and data analysis processes run smoothly and without loss of data.
  • building a database system that ensures efficient flow of data, tracking of samples and metadata as well as providing long-term storage and a friendly user interface that allows linking across datasets and complex searches.
  • ensuring the Institute's approach to managing research data conforms to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and University policies and guidelines regarding research data management and eResearch.
  • providing a service to the broader research community in the provision of reusable HIE research datasets, subject to intellectual property and privacy constraints
  • collaborating with the eResearch Capability Team, Information Technology Services and data managers from other research centres and groups to further the cause of better research data management throughout the University

Selected Publications

Burton RR, Devine GM, Parker DJ, Chazette P, Dixon N, Flamant C, Haywood JM, (2012) 'The Harmattan over West Africa: nocturnal structure and frontogenesis', Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., doi: 10.1002/qj.2036

Birch CE, Parker DJ, Marsham JH, Devine GM, (2012) 'The effect of orography and surface albedo on stratification in the summertime Saharan boundary layer: Dynamics and implications for dust transport', Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, vol.117, doi: 10.1029/2011JD015965

Lawrence BN, Balaji V, Bentley P, Callaghan S, DeLuca C, Denvil S, Devine G, Elkington M, Ford RW, Guilyardi E, Lautenschlager M, Morgan M, Moine M-P, Murphy S, Pascoe C, Ramthun H, Slavin P, Steenman-Clark L, Toussaint F, Treshansky A, Valcke S, (2012) 'Describing Earth system simulations with the Metafor CIM', Geosci. Model Dev., vol.5, pp 1493-1500, doi:10.5194/gmd-5-1493-2012

Guilyardi E, Balaji V, Callaghan S, DeLuca C, Devine G, Denvil S, Ford R, Pascoe C, Lautenschlager M, Lawrence B, Steenman-Clark L, Valcke S, (2011) 'The CMIP5 model and simulation documentation: a new standard for climate modelling metadata', CLIVAR Exchanges Special Issue No.56, vol.16, no.2

Devine GM, Carslaw KS, Parker DJ, Petch JC, (2006) 'The influence of subgrid surface-layer variability on vertical transport of a chemical species in a convective environment', Geophys. Res. Lett., vol.33, L15807, doi:10.1029/2006GL025986