Meet Paul Holper

Paul Holper is a Director of Scientell

Since asking his year 7 teacher why litmus paper actually changes colour in acids and bases and getting a ‘because it does’ answer, Paul has been fascinated by science and the process of discovery and innovation.

He has captured some of that fascination in the more than 25 books he has written – many co-authored with Scientell co-Director, Simon Torok – on science, environment and technology. ‘101 Great Australian Inventions’ published by ABC Books, was a best seller.

Paul has described science and its applications, especially in the environmental field, in hundreds of television and radio appearances.

He has an honours degree in chemistry and qualifications in science communication and education. He is a member of the Australian Science Communicators and the Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society.

Publications by Paul Holper

Papers, articles and publications by Paul Holper

Holper, P.N. (2018)

Holper, P.N. (2017) AMOS conference 2017: The heat was on. Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 30(1), 14-17.

Holper, P.N. (2016) Keeping it real and regional: Communication to get Victoria climate-readyEingana, 39(2), 6-9.

Torok, S.J., Holper, P.N. et al (2016) Tracking Antarctica: An update on the state of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. WWF, Melbourne.

Allan, R.J. et al (2016) Toward integrated historical climate research: the example of Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth. WIREs Climate Change. doi: 10.1002/wcc.379

Holper, P.N. (2013) The carbon cycle and how we are changing it. Climate change science information paper. Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research. Available at www.cawcr.gov.au/publications/otherreports/carbon.pdf

Holper, P.N. (2011) Australian rainfall – past, present and future. Climate change science information paper. Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research. Available at www.cawcr.gov.au/publications/otherreports/rainfall.pdf

Holper, P. N., Power, S. B., Fuller, A., Hopkins, M., Jubb, I., Swirepik, A. (2009). Twenty years of Australian climate change science: what we have learnt. In GREENHOUSE 2009: climate change & resources : Burswood Convention Centre, Perth, WA : 23-26 March 2009 : Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, p.282.

Power, S.B., Plummer, N., Pearce, K.B., Walland, D., Edwards, S., Jones, D., Gipton, S., Holper, P.N. and Whitehead, R. (2008). Changes in Australian attitudes towards global warming. MeteoWorld.

Power, S. B, Plummer, N., Walland, D., Jones, D. A., Edwards, S., Gipton, S., Holper, P. N., Pearce, K. B. (2008). Public and media awareness of climate change: was 2006 a tipping point for Australia? In AMOS 2008: 15th National Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) Conference in conjunction with the Australian Wind Engineering Society (AWES) & Meteorological Society of New Zealand : atmospheric and oceanic extremes, Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria, Australia : Melbourne: AMOS. 121.

Power, S.B., Plummer, N., Pearce, K.B., Jones, D., Walland, D., Edwards, S., Gipton, S., Holper, P.N. and Whitehead, R. (2008). Remarkable changes in media coverage of global warming in Australia and in the use of climate change services. Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 21 (2): 33-37.

Beer, T., Fraser, P. J., Holper, P. N., Borgas, M. S, Torok, S. J., Bouma, W. J. (2007). Australia’s state of environment report 2006 atmosphere. In 14th IUAPPA World Congress Clean air partnerships: coming together for clean air : Brisbane 2007: conference proceedings, incorporating the 18th CASANZ Conference hosted by the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Brisbane:  IUAPPA; CASANZ., 6 p.

Holper, P. N, Nolan, M. (2007). Assessing the likely impacts of climate change on infrastructure. Greenhouse 2007: the latest science and technology, Aspendale: CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. 140.

Holper, P.N. (2007). Climate change – the impacts and opportunities. In 12th International COMS Conference: the big micro nano event. Sofitel Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria Australia, 2-5 September 2007, MANCEF, 105.

Holper, P.N. and Power, S.B. (2007) Future climate change research in Australia. Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 20 18.

Holper, P.N., Lucy, S., Nolan, M., Sense, C. and Hennessy, K.J. (2007). Infrastructure and climate change risk assessment for Victoria: consultancy report to the Victorian Government prepared by CSIRO, Maunsell AECOM and Phillips Fox, Aspendale: CSIRO, 177p.

Holper, P.N. (2007). Infrastructure and climate change risk assessment for Victoria. Citigroup Research. 19-21.

Pearce, K.B., Holper, P.N., Hopkins, M., Bouma, W.J., Whetton, P.H., Hennessy, K.J. and Power, S.B., (Eds.) (2007). Climate change in Australia: observed changes and projections, Aspendale: CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, 8 p.

Pearce, K.B., Holper, P.N., Hopkins, M., Bouma, W.J., Whetton, P.H., Hennessy, K.J. and Power, S.B., (Eds.) (2007). Climate change in Australia: technical report 2007, Aspendale:  CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, 148 p.

Power, S. B, Plummer, N., Gipton, S., Holper, P. N. (2007). Global warming receives unprecedented attention. Greenhouse 2007: the latest science and technology, Aspendale, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, 135.

Holper, P.N. and Power, S.B. (Eds.). (2006). Australia’s climate change science priorities 2008 and beyond: Bureau of Meteorology-CSIRO workshop report, Melbourne: CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, 12p.

Holper, P.N. (2006). Book review: The weather makers by Tim Flannery.  Australian meteorological magazine, 55 (2): 166-167.

Holper, P.N., Abbs, D.J., McInnes, K.L. and Torok, S.J. (2005). Potential impacts of climate change on the Kiama local government area: report prepared by CSIRO for Kiama Municipal Council, C/1107, Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO Atmospheric Research, 12p.

Holper, P.N. (2005). [Weather: words to] Poster series. Herald Sun (Thurs., February 3): 32.

Holper, P. N., and Fuller, A. (2004). The Australian Climate Change Science Program: an overview. CSIRO CLIMATE Science Meeting: abstracts, Melbourne. [Aspendale, Vic.]: [CSIRO Atmospheric Research]. p. 6-7.

Holper, P. N., and Hopkins, A. J., editors. (2003). CSIRO contribution to the Australian Greenhouse Science Program: annual report 2002-2003 [electronic publication]. Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO. v, 78 p.

Holper, P. N. (2002). Wind instruments. The Helix, (84): 7.

Manins, P. C., Beer, T., Fraser, P. J., Holper, P. N., Suppiah, R., and Walsh, K. J. E. (2002). Australia State of Environment Report 2001 Atmosphere. In: Conference proceedings: 16th International Clean Air & Environment Conference, Christchurch, N.Z. [Christchurch, N.Z.]: Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand. p. 536-541.

Holper, P. N. (2001). Ozone depletion: 2000 and beyond [WWW page] version: 2001 “Last updated 16 July, 2001” CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 1 p.

Holper, P. N. (2001). Ozone depletion: 2000 and beyond. The ANZAAS Mercury, (9): 4-5.

Holper, P. N. (2001). The greenhouse effect version: June 2001 “Last updated July 16, 2001” CSIRO Atmospheric Research.

Holper, P. N. (2001). Cloud seeding [WWW page] version: 2001 “Last updated 26 July, 2001” CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 1 p.

Holper, P. N. (2001). Cloud warnings. Ecos, (107): 3.

Holper, P. N. (2001). The ups and downs of ozone recovery. Ecos, (107): 7.

Manins, P. C., Holper, P. N., Suppiah, R., Allan, R. J., Walsh, K. J. E., Fraser, P. J., and Beer, T. (2001). Atmosphere: Australia state of the environment 2001. Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Publishing on behalf of the Department of the Environment and Heritage. vi, 145 p.

Pearman, G. I., and Holper, P. N. (2001). The environment and a sustainable future … notes of a presentation to teachers and staff of St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, Perth, 2 February 2001 [electronic publication]. Aspendale: CSIRO Atmospheric Research. 29 p.

Holper, P. N. (2000). Business manager retires. CoResearch, (383): 4.

Holper, P. N. (2000). Raining cats, dogs… and fish! Science facts for lively discussion. Junior Horizons6 (3): 9.

Holper, P. N. and Noonan, J. A. (2000). Urban and regional air pollution: information sheet [WWW page] version: July 2000 “Last updated 03 January, 2001” CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 1 p.

Holper, P. N., and Tindale, N. W. (2000). Grim news about our air. Geo Australasia, 22 (3): 10-11.

Holper, P. N. (1999). Greenhouse: questions and answers [WWW page] version: 27 January 1999 CSIRO Atmospheric Research. 10 p.

Holper, P. N. (1999). Greenhouse: questions and answers [WWW page] version: 27 January 1999 CSIRO Atmospheric Research. 10 p.

Holper, P. N. (1999). Looking back to next week’s forecast [WWW page] version: 1999 CSIRO Atmospheric Research. 10 p.

Holper, P. N. (1999). Taking the air. Ecos, (100): 18-20.

Holper, P. N. (1999). Transport clean air & design options for cities of the future [Electronic publication]. Building Innovation and Construction Technology, (8).

Holper, P. N. (1999). Air on the Web. In: Fifth International Conference on School and Popular Meteorological and Oceanographic Education. Education: weather, ocean, climate: preprint volume, Ballarat and Melbourne, Vic. [Melbourne, Vic.]: Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. p. 181-182.

Holper, P. N., and Torok, S. J. (1999). Wow! Amazing science facts & trivia. Sydney: ABC Books. 95 p.

Roff, G., Rogers, P., Law, R. M., and Holper, P. N. (1999). The meteorology CRC school visits program. In: Fifth International Conference on School and Popular Meteorological and Oceanographic Education. Education: weather, ocean, climate: preprint volume, Ballarat and Melbourne, Vic. [Melbourne, Vic.]: Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. p. 115-116.

Allan, R. J., and Holper, P. N. (1998). Seeking the secrets of El Niño [reprinted from Atmosphere: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research Newsletter 4 (1998) / text by P. N. Holper]. Clean Air32 (2): 37.

Holper, P. N. (1998). The balloon goes up! Met Talk3 (1): 1-2.

Holper, P. N. (1998). Under pressure. Let’s Find Out15 (1): 3.

Holper, P. N. (1998). Fishing for clues about El Niño. Global Issues: a Supplement to Australian Geography and Selected Teacher Association Journals4 (1): 1-5.

Holper, P. N. (1998). Fuelling the 21st century [electronic publication]. In: Nova: science in the news. [Canberra]: Australian Academy of Science.

Holper, P. N. (1998). La Niña: the little girl. (CSIRO Atmospheric Research Information Sheet; 98/1) Aspendale: CSIRO Atmospheric Research. 2 p.

Holper, P. N. (1998). El Niño: past, present and future. Australasian Science (Incorporating Search), 19 (7): 17-18.

Holper, P. N. (1998). Weather & air: activities booklet. Clayton, Vic.: Cooperative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology. 48 p.

Holper, P. N. (1998). Ozone efforts may affect climate change. Australasian Science (Incorporating Search), 19 (8): 17-18.

Holper, P. N. (1998). Fuel cells. Chemistry in Australia65 (9): 21-22.

Holper, P. N. (1997). Predicting the future for climate change. Eingana20 (2): 3-4.

Holper, P. N. (1997). Weathering the storm of El Nino. Canberra Times, (Sat., May 31): 6.

Holper, P. N. (1997). Earth scientists meet in Melbourne. Met Talk(3): 2.

Holper, P. N. (1997). Modelling air quality in turbulent times. CoResearch, (370): 3.

Holper, P. N. (1997). El Niño: the sign of a warmer world? The Helix, (56): 8.

Holper, P. N. (1997). CSIRO has energy for a better future. CoResearch, (372): 1.

Holper, P. N. (1997). Researching markers as well as matters. Canberra Times, (Tues., December 16): 14.

Holper, P. N. (1997). High-level research with down-to-earth applications: the Cooperative Research Centre for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology. Weather News, (317): 34-35.

Holper, P. N. (1997). Chemistry in a cube of air. Australasian Science18 (2): 6-8.

Holper, P. N. (1997). Will halons extinguish hopes for rapid ozone layer recovery? Australasian Science18 (2): 6-8.

Dangerfield, E., Pike, T., Feutrill, H., and Holper, P. N. (1996). Australian secondary science. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. viii, 240 p.

Fraser, P. J., and Holper, P. N. (1996). Ozone depletion: the latest news. Celsius Journal24 (9): 16.

Holper, P. N. (1996). Flying kites in an open air laboratory. Climate Change Newsletter8 (1): 11.

Holper, P. N. (1996). [Book review] The wonders of the weather by Bob Crowder (AGPS, 1995). Australian Meteorological Magazine45 (1): 71.

Holper, P. N., (editor). (1996). Atmosphere: newsletter of the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research, no.1 (1996)+. Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research.

Holper, P. N. (1996). The latest news on ozone depletion. Lab Talk40 (2): 29-30.

Holper, P. N. (1996). The CSIRO approach to air quality problems. In: Australian environmental solutions. Brisbane, Qld.: EMIAA. p. 127-128.

Holper, P. N. (1996). Communication plan . Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 17 p.

Holper, P. N. (1996). The greenhouse effect. (Division of Atmospheric Research Information Sheet; 96/1) Aspendale: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 6 p.

Holper, P. N. (1996). Probing Jakarta’s hazy days. Green & Gold: Australian Innovations in Experimental Technology and Management, (4): 30-31.

Holper, P. N. (1996). A Nobel effort. Ecos, (90): 34.

Holper, P. N. (1996). Evaluation of the 1996 CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research Open Day. Aspendale: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. (CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research internal paper; 96/3). 21 p.

Dangerfield, E., Pike, T., Feutrill, H., Holper, P. N., and Lloyd, D. (1995). Australian secondary science. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. vii, 216 p.

Hennessy, K. J., and Holper, P. N. (1995). Collaboration in scenario development and impact projects 1990-95. Climate Change Newsletter7 (4): 11.

Hennessy, K. J., Holper, P. N., and Pittock, A. B., editors. (1995). Climate change in New South Wales: major findings of a five-year research program. Chatswood, N.S.W.: N.S.W. Environment Protection Authority. 13 p.

Hennessy, K. J., Holper, P. N., and Pittock, A. B., editors. (1995). Regional impact of the greenhouse effect on New South Wales: final report. Chatswood, N.S.W.: N.S.W. Environment Protection Authority. viii, 97 p.

Holper, P. N. (1995). Carbon cycle research at the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. (Division of Atmospheric Research Information Sheet; 95/1) Mordialloc: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 2 p.

Holper, P. N. (1995). Space probe into world’s cloudy issues. Geo Australasia17 (2): 20-21.

Holper, P. N., (editor). (1995). Research report 1992-1994. Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 41 p.

Holper, P. N. (1995). The danger overhead. The Courier-Mail, (September 14): 21.

Holper, P. N. (1995). New things in the air. CoResearch, (363): 8.

Holper, P. N. (1995). Inaugural Priestley Lecture. CoResearch, (363): 2.

Holper, P. N. (1995). Midnight at the Oasis. CoResearch, (364): 4.

Holper, P. N. (1995). Acid rain? Tracking acidification in Australia and Asia. Ecos, (86): 30-31.

Holper, P. N. (1995). Satellite sensor’s double take of the planet. Geo Australasia18 (3): 14-15.

Holper, P. N. (1995). About the drought. Trees and Natural Resources37 (1): 16-17.

Manins, P. C., and Holper, P. N. (1995). Air pollution. In: Australia: a leader in environmental solutions. R. Kelly, and M. O’Neill (editors). Double Bay, N.S.W.: Focus Publishing. p. 103-111.

Holper, P. N. (1994). Atmosphere: weather, climate and pollution. (Science and Our Future) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 81 p.

Holper, P. N., (editor). (1994). Australia – Japan cooperation in global atmospheric change: a report prepared for MFP Australia. Mordialloc, Vic.: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 12 p.

Holper, P. N. (1994). Cloud study planned for southern summer. CSIRO Space Industry News: SpIN, (58): 3.

Holper, P. N. (1994). A little ray of sunshine. Herald Sun, (Mon., August 29): 15.

Manins, P. C., and Holper, P. N. (1994). Network of air pollution modellers: Australia and New Zealand. Mordialloc: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 1 v.

Holper, P. N. (1993). Urban and regional air pollution. (Division of Atmospheric Research Information Sheet; 93/1) [Aspendale, Vic.]: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 4 p.

Holper, P. N. (1993). A start for START. Climate Change Newsletter5 (2): 5.

Holper, P. N. (1993). Modelling the atmosphere with water. Ecos, (78): 9-12.

Doull, A. H., and Holper, P. N. (1992). An audit of extremely low frequency magnetic field emissions from visual display terminals. [Aspendale, Vic.]: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 10 leaves.

Holper, P. N. (1992). Monitoring the atmosphere at the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station. Clean Air26 (2): 56-62.

Holper, P. N. (1992). Acid rain etched in lifestyles. The Australian, (Friday June 5): 14.

Holper, P. N. (1992). The greenhouse effect. (Division of Atmospheric Research Information Sheet; 92/1) [Aspendale, Vic.]: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 4 p.

Holper, P. N. (1992). Stratospheric ozone depletion. (Division of Atmospheric Research Information Sheet; 92/2) [Aspendale, Vic.]: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 4 p.

Holper, P. N., (editor). (1992). Feedback: Division of Atmospheric Research computer users newsletter, Vol.1 no.1 (1992) +. Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research.

Holper, P. N. (1992). El Nino: what is it and why does it keep stealing our rain? British White Bulletin7 (4): 7-8.

Holper, P. N., (editor). (1992). Research report 1990-1992. Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 57 p.

Holper, P. N., and Bouma, W. J. (1992). Drought research. What is drought? How are scientists trying to predict drought? British White Bulletin7 (4): 9-10.

Etheridge, D. M., and Holper, P. N. (1991). The changing atmosphere: the greenhouse effect and ozone depletion. Farmers’ Newsletter. Large Area, (138): 8-12.

Holper, P. N. (1991). Acid rain Australia & overseas. Australian Science Mag, No.38 (1): 50-55.

Holper, P. N. (1991). The greenhouse effect: implications for Australian grain producers. Australian Grain1 (2): 25-27.

Holper, P. N. (1991). Atmospheric change and its effect on climate. Australian Parks & Recreation27 (1): 35-39.

Holper, P. N. (1991). CSIRO Climate Change Research Program Annual Meeting. Climate Change Newsletter3 (3): 4-5.

Holper, P. N. (1991). Stunning sunsets from volcanic dust. Southern Astronomy4 (5): 52-53.

Holper, P. N., (editor). (1990-1995). DAR bulletin, no.11 (1990) -no.17 (1995). Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research.

Bouma, W. J., and Holper, P. N. (1990). Climate change: the effect of increased carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the global atmosphere: a bibliography of scientific publications from the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research 1971-1989. [Aspendale, Vic.]: [CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research]. 13 p.

Bouma, W. J., and Holper, P. N. (1990). Depletion of stratospheric ozone: stratospheric ozone: observations and dynamics; ozone depleting substances in the global atmosphere: a bibliography of scientific publications from the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research 1971-1989. [Aspendale, Vic.]: [CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research]. 8 p.

Bouma, W. J., Holper, P. N., and Francey, R. J. (1990). The global atmosphere – current status. In: Book of proceedings / International Environmental Solutions Conference, Sydney. Carlingford, N.S.W.: Conference & Exhibition Organisers Pty. Ltd.

Holper, P. N. (1990). Depletion of the ozone layer. In: Technical papers for AIRAH’s 70th anniversary year, Federal Conference, Adelaide, South Australia. [Parkville, Vic.]: [Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating]. p. Paper 1.

Holper, P. N. (1990). Booked in: what makes a good greenhouse book. The Helix, (19): 19.

Holper, P. N. (1990). Depletion of the ozone layer. Australian Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating44 (7): 31-34.

Holper, P. N. (1990). Agriculture in the greenhouse. Trees and Natural Resources32 (2): 24-27.

Holper, P. N., (editor). (1990). Research report 1988-1990. Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 40 p.

Holper, P. N., and Bouma, W. J. (1990). Drought research. What is drought? How are scientists trying to predict drought? (Division of Atmospheric Research Information Sheet) [Aspendale, Vic.]: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 2 p.

Holper, P. N., and Bouma, W. J. (1990). The greenhouse effect: the basics. Australian Science Mag35 (2): 26-31.

Bouma, W. J., and Holper, P. N. (1989). Greenhouse gases. Which gases contribute to global warming? How and why are they increasing? (Division of Atmospheric Research Information Sheet) [Aspendale, Vic.]: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 2 p.

Holper, P. N., (editor). (1989). Research report 1985-1988. Aspendale, Vic.: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 107 p.

Holper, P. N., and Bouma, W. J. (1989). The greenhouse effect. What is the greenhouse effect? What changes may it cause? (Division of Atmospheric Research Information Sheet) [Aspendale, Vic.]: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 2 p.

Holper, P. N., and Bouma, W. J. (1989). The ozone layer. What is the ozone layer? How is it being destroyed? (Division of Atmospheric Research Information Sheet) [Aspendale, Vic.]: CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. 2 p.

Alexander, R.D. and P.N. Holper (1980) Kinetics of substitution on chloro-1,1,7,7-tetraethyldiethylenetriamine gold(III) in methanol-water mixtures. Transition Metal Chemistry5, 108-110.

Alexander, R.D., W.A. Fall and P.N. Holper (1980) Volumes of activation for the reaction of 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene and 2-chloro-1,3,5-trinitrobenzene with piperidine in aqueous

Alexander, R.D. and P.N. Holper (1978) Temperature and pressure dependence of nitro-nitrito equilibria in the complexes Ni(N,N’-diethylethylenediamine)2(ONO)2 and Ni(N,N-dimethylethylenediamine)2(ONO)2. Inorg. Nucl. Chem. Lett.14(8/9) 309-314.