Dr Yuriy Kuleshov


Adjunct Professor

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School of Science

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Science, Engineering and Health

Yuriy Kuleshov

Key activities

Adjunct Professor – RMIT SPACE Research Centre

Team Leader – Australian Bureau of Meteorology


BSc (Radio Engineering) Institute of Radio Engineering, Kharkov, Ukraine

PhD (Physics and Mathematics) Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, Academy of Sciences, Kharkov, Ukraine

Professional interests/links to industry

  • Member, European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Member, Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)
  • Member, International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC)
  • Member of the World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology Expert Team on Health-related Climate Indices and their Use in Early Warning Systems (2002-2006).
  • Member of the World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology Open Panels of Experts on Climate Monitoring and Assessment (2010-present).


Satellite remote sensing for application to studies of the environment and climate; radio physical methods of retrieval of characteristics of the atmosphere, marine and terrestrial environment; GPS radio occultation; severe weather phenomena - tropical cyclones, thunderstorms and lightning.

Current projects, Project Leader

  • “Climate Prediction Capacities Strengthened in National Meteorological Services”, $1.78M, Pacific Adaptation Strategy Assistance Program, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) 2010-2011
  • “Climate Change and Southern Hemisphere Tropical Cyclones: Improved Understanding and Prediction of Tropical Cyclone Variability and Change” $200k, Bilateral Climate Change Partnership Programme, Australian Greenhouse Office / DCCEE 2010-2011
  • “Improved Understanding of Tropical Cyclone Climatology” $100K, Pacific Climate Change Science Program, DCCEE 2010-2011
  • “Climate Change and Thunderstorms and Lightning in Australia”, $25k, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts (DEWHA) 2011

Current projects, Partner Investigator

  • “Platform Technology for Space, Atmosphere and Climate” $2.85M, ($7.7M in total), Australian Space Research Program (ASRP), Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) 2010-2013
  • “Satellite-Based Radio Occultation for Atmospheric Sounding, Weather Forecasting and Climate Monitoring in the Australian Region” $681k ($1.69M in total), Australian Research Council (ARC) 2008-2011
  • “Assimilation of GPS Radio Occultation Data with Numerical Weather Prediction System for Climate Monitoring” $300k ($857k in total), International Science Linkages Competitive Grant, DIISR 2008-2011
  • Projects under review, Project Leader
  • “Seasonal prediction of tropical cyclones”, $1.39M, DCCEE (expected funding for July 2011 – June 2013)
  • “Seasonal prediction of extremes ocean temperatures”, $1.06M, DCCEE (expected funding for July 2011 – June 2013)


The USSR Government prize in the field of Science and Technology; Lenin Komsomol Prize (1985, Moscow, USSR) for the development of radio physical instruments and methods for environmental remote sensing from aircraft and Cosmos-1500/Ocean satellite series

More information

Yuriy Kuleshov is the Team Leader at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Adjunct Professor at the SPACE Research Centre, RMIT University.

Professor Kuleshov holds BSc degree in Radio Engineering from the Institute of Radio Engineering, Kharkov, Ukraine and a PhD in Physics and Mathematics with specialisation in Radio Physics from the Institute of Radio Physics & Electronics, Academy of Sciences, Kharkov, Ukraine.

In 1981-1994, working for the Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, Academy of Sciences, Ukraine, he was involeved in the design of satellite and aircraft microwave remote sensing system including the first Soviet space X-band radar and K-band radiometer of microwave remote sensing system of the “Cosmos/Ocean” satellite series, and aircraft-laboratory multi-frequency microwave remote sensing system. Working for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology from 1995, Professor Kuleshov is developing high-quality tropical cyclone archive, climatology and seasonal prediction for the Southern Hemisphere and the thunderstorms and lightning climatology for Australia. He is a representative of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology at the Standards Australia Committees “Lightning Protection” and “Wind Actions”. In close collaboration with scientists of the SPACE Research Centre, Professor Kuleshov is currently working on the development of new methods of satellite remote sensing (GPS/GNSS Radio Occultation and Reflectometry) for climate applications. He is a co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and over 80 conference papers on satellite remote sensing and climate applications.

Email: Yuriy.Kuleshov@rmit.edu.au; Y.Kuleshov@bom.gov.au

Phone: +613 96694896