Andy Sturman - People - Geography - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor Andy Sturman

Andy SturmanPosition

Professor in Physical Geography (specializing in climatology and meteorology)


B.Sc.(Hons), Ph.D.(Birm.)

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 369 4130 ext 94130
Fax: +64 3 364 2907

Postal address:

Department of Geography
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


Edward Kidson Research Medal of the Meteorological Society of New Zealand, 2003
Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, 2004
Profile Researcher for the Focus on Research Excellence project of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 2008


My research interests are in atmospheric processes and phenomena of a range of spatial and temporal scales, particularly synoptic and sub-synoptic scale meteorology and climatology. My major focus is investigation of the effects of the Earth’s surface on the atmosphere near the ground and applications to human activity. Specific recent topics include application of a range of analytical and modelling tools to:

  • effects of climatic variability on viticulture
  • environmental controls of air pollution
  • wind energy resource assessment and wind farm siting
  • surface energy exchanges over semi-desert and coral reef environments of Australia

Author of ‘The Weather and Climate of Australia and New Zealand’ (Sturman and Tapper 2006), and involved in the following research projects:

  1. Climate and Viticulture
  2. Air Pollution Meteorology
  3. Local and Regional Wind Systems
  4. Atmospheric Research into Wind Energy


Professional activities

Member of the Earth Science and Astronomy Panel of the Marsden Fund (2005-6, 2009), and past editor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics and guest editor for the International Journal of Environment and Pollution. Panel member of several government reviews of national weather and climate research programmes. Currently, scientific expert on the advisory board of the 5-year European LIFE-Environment project: ADapatation of VIticulture to CLIMate change: High resolution observations of adaptation scenarii for viticulture (ADVICLIM) (2014-19).
Extensive consultancy experience in relation to air pollution problems, wind energy resource assessment, vineyard development and operation, and forensic analysis of severe weather events for the insurance industry.

Recent Publications

Please see Andy's UC Research Profile for a full list of publications