Prof. Charitha Pattiaratchi holds Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Wales, UK. He has been at the University of Western Australia for over 20 years and currently holds the positions of Winthrop Professor of Coastal Oceanography and Head of the School of Environmental Systems Engineering. Prof. Pattiaratchi has supervised over 30 PhD students and 100 honours students and has published over 300 articles/reports on coastal oceanography, which include over 100 in peer-reviewed international journals. He has received more than $ 25 million in research funding. Prof. Pattiaratchi's research interests are in coastal physical oceanography and coastal sediment transport, with emphasis on field experiments and numerical modelling. He has played an active role in examining climate change effects in coastal regions of Western Australia and particularly in terms ocean currents, wind and wave climate, sea level variability, coastal flooding and beach stability.
Meteotsunamis incur damage on coasts all over the world. As they are more likely to occur than geophysical tsunamis, it has resulted in many coastal probelms in Australia in the lack of presence of efficient public awareness systems. Identifying where and when meteotsunamis pose a threat will aid coastal management and planning.
The occurrence of extreme water levels can lead to loss of life and damage to coastal infrastructure. To better prepare, coastal engineers, emergency managers and planners require accurate estimates of extreme water levels.
This project is developing better predictions and forecasts for extreme water levels arising from storm surges, surface waves, continental shelf waves, meteorological tsunamis, mean sea level rise and the transition from tropical to extra-tropical cyclones.
This project provides a comprehensive benchmark that will underpin the ability to manage the impacts of extreme water levels on coastal regions at local, regional and national scales.
|Presentation-Slideshow||21 Mar 2014||Developing better predictions and forecasts for extreme water levels||Save (3.41 MB)||coastal, storm surge, tsunami|
|Presentation-Slideshow||04 Dec 2014||Better predictions and forecasts for extreme water levels||Save (3.45 MB)||coastal, forecasting, tsunami|
|Presentation-Slideshow||11 Sep 2015||Improved modelling of storm surges and waves along the Australian coast||Save (8.88 MB)||storm surge, surface wave|
|HazardNoteEdition||09 May 2016||Oceans on the rise||Save (180.51 KB)||coastal, cyclone, storm surge|
|Presentation-Slideshow||30 Aug 2016||Improved predictions of Australian extreme sea levels through a coupled wave-surge model - Yasha Hetzel||Save (8.19 MB)||coastal, cyclone, tsunami|