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BAMOS Dec 2017 Jason Evans. Image: University of New South Wales. She is also known for her research studying the Tropospheric Biennial Oscillation, as well as pioneering work on weather and climate extremes. Citations to her work exceed 5,500 and her h-index is 41. Ten of her papers are highly cited, meaning they are in the top 1% of their academic fields for citations in a year, and 2 are hot papers, meaning they are in the top 0.1%. Christopher Taylor Award: Callum Stuart Jason Evans is an Associate Professor in the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. He is one of the few climate scientists whose work spans the spectrum from theoretical climate process studies through to policy- relevant climate change impacts. He has established himself as a leader in regional climate and water resources through his leadership roles in elements of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the peak international body for climate research. Jason’s work spans hydrology and water resources, regional climate processes and modelling, and remote sensing of the Earth system. His key contributions include one of the first attempts to couple a spatially lumped hydrological model with a gridded atmosphere model; developing methods to identify a region’s dominant precipitation triggering mechanisms and investigate how they might change in the future; pioneering the use of satellite‐based observations as surface conditions in regional climate models allowing better quantification of the land‐atmosphere coupling strength; using coupled land‐fire‐ atmosphere models to identify and understand a mechanism of atypical fire spread important in large fires; and creating a method to use a combination of in‐situ climate and remotely sensed data to identify dryland degradation and desertification hotspots. His work is highly cited with more than 1675 citations and a h-index of 21. Jason’s citations are growing rapidly, increasing by a third during 2016 alone. He has contributed substantially to AMOS through organising and participating in AMOS conferences, and also as a member of the AMOS National Council. Callum Stuart is a meteorologist in the Perth Regional Forecasting Centre (RFC) of the Bureau of Meteorology. Over the past few years Callum has contributed to several forecast projects and developed tools that have had a major impact on the forecast processes at the RFC. These include: Opposite: Nicola Maher (left) and Julie Arblaster (right). Images: Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and Monash University. The Christopher Taylor Award is a biennial award open to professional meteorologists for contributions of all kinds to operational forecasting and supporting activities in Australia. t The Weather Windows project, the goal of which was to assess the ability to forecast, with very high confidence, extended periods clear of tropical cyclone activity during the warm season t The Panther Map, a real-time viewer combining satellite imagery, geospatial data, and forecast and observational alerts for Aviation, Public Weather and Severe Weather forecasters t A graphical tool called the Alerts Map to improve forecasting services by checking observations, forecasts and warnings for aviation and public weather products; t An Isentropic Analysis Visual Weather map which can help forecast thunderstorm activity that could otherwise have been missed when only using conventional thunderstorm forecasting techniques. 9