Alumni profile: Becker weathers remote challenges

January 5, 2015

Working on remote weather stations in the Antarctic or in the middle of the Simpson Desert, meteorologist Barry Becker has had an amazing and varied career.

Starting with the Bureau of Meteorology as a meteorological observer in 1982, Barry commenced external studies with Murdoch University in 1989 – with the goal of becoming a forecaster.

With a love of science ingrained in him by a passionate year 6 teacher, Barry obtained a Bachelor of Science (Atmospheric Physics) in 1994. He then completed further studies through the Bureau of Meteorology completing a postgraduate diploma in Meteorology.

As a qualified forecaster, Barry’s postings have included Darwin, Hobart and two postings to Antarctica – first to remote Davis station and then Casey station. These Antarctic postings involved in forecasting for aviation, shipping and deep field science programs including the Amery Ice Shelf drilling project and the Loose Tooth project – where monitoring conditions was vital for the safety of project personnel.

Barry’s last remote posting was at Macquarie Island in the sub-Antarctic as the officer in charge of the weather station from February 2013 to April 2014.

Barry said it was amazing what can be done with a maths or physics degree.

“The opportunity to travel and experience new things have been opened to me because I have a Bachelor of Science degree,” Barry said.

Keeping a blog of his postings and the amazing conditions he has encountered, Barry’s blog about his postings can be accessed  here.

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