Martin is a meteorologist based in New South Wales, Australia.  He has a Graduate Diploma in Meteorology from the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO). He worked as a meteorologist for 17 years for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).  He retired at the weather office at RAAF Base Williamtown; just north of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

After the RAAF, he joined the Department of Aviation (now the School of Psychology) at The University of Newcastle (Australia) teaching Air Transport Meteorology (incorporating the Australian ATPL) and Advanced International Aeronautical Meteorology.  Following 12 years as an Aviation Lecturer, Martin (in late-2005) retired and is currently a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Psychology at The University of Newcastle (Australia).

In addition to lecturing, Martin was the weather forecaster for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio in Newcastle for many years. 

In April 2007, Martin retired as a meteorologist for Qantas Airways at Sydney Kingsford Smith airport.

Martin regularly works with Dutcher Safety & Meteorology Services developing and teaching Aviation Meteorology.  John Dutcher also worked with Martin on number of operational meteorology research projects.  With Martin, John also developed the
Meteorology in Aircraft Accident Investigation (METI)  course for the Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI).


Martin's main research interest over the past few years has been Numerical Weather Prediction model used in the aviation and public weather forecasting.
  • Design and implement weather forecasting techniques using computer modeling and technology for student pilots in my advance meteorology course.
  • Comparison of Mesoscale and Global-Scale Numerical Models.
  • Mesoscale classification: Their history and their application to forecasting.
  • The use of Satellite data for mesoscale analyses and forecasting application, precipitation estimation techniques.
  • Using satellite visible imagery to isolate severe thunderstorms
  • Operational objective analysis techniques and potential application for Mesoscale Application.
  • Mesoscale convective complexes in the middle latitudes.
  • Short range forecasting techniques (Tools for Nowcasting. Flash floods and future development.
  • Mid-latitude synoptic meteorology.
  • Aviation meteorology; Radar meteorology; Low altitude wind shear


  • Media weather presentation.
  • Community forms.
  • Application of weather knowledge.
  • Explaining climate science to the wider community.
  • Understanding the ocean's role in climate variability & climate change.


Martin Babakhan

Lecturer in Aviation

Faculty of Science and Information Technology - School of Psychology
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Callaghan Campus
Aviation Building - Room AVG21

Office Ph: +61 2 4921 7089
Mobile: 0418 146 160 (Australia)

[email protected]




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