Andrew Pomeroy

Dr, PhD, MSc (cum Laude), BEng (Hons), MIEAust, CPEng

  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Andrew Pomeroy is a dynamic research and professional engineer with more than 10 years of coastal oceanographic, physical process and engineering experience.

Andrew has a wide range of experience in field data acquisition, laboratory experiments as well as numerical modelling of hydrodynamics, waves, sediment/particle transport and bio-interactions. He leads a wide range of research projects, particularly in the areas of coastal engineering, aquaculture interactions with the physical environment, the impact of marine growth on objects and on coastal processes along reef fringed coastlines.

His technical skillset includes a comprehensive understanding and experience in coastal ocean processes, novel coastal infrastructure design and rectification, coastline hazards and risk assessment, resilience planning and adaptation and the use of noval techniques and emerging technologies to reframe and examine problems.

Having worked in construction, consulting and research organisations, Andrew seeks to integrate research with industry and government to better understand our coastal waters, formulate evidence-based policy as well as develop strategies and innovative solutions to complex problems that affect our coasts and communities.

Previous positions

  • Fulbright Scholar, US Geological Survey, Santa Cruz
  • The University of Western Australia
  • GHD Pty. Ltd.

Current projects

Aquaculture interactions

This project seeks to understand how aquaculture infrastructure influences waves and currents within the operational area. There is a focus on how the arrangement of aquaculture infrastrucutre ultimately affects particle transport but also how arrangement can be optimsed to produce optimal enviromental conditions for produciton within the operational area as well as how these processes affect the forcing imposed on the infrasture. 


Field to Lab Project

This project focuses on developing and refining methods to aquire data in the field using a range of technologies to enable the the real world to be reproduced in 3D models that can form the basis of experimentation in both laboratory and in numerical models. We are currently developing and applying these methods using manual and ROVs for natural environments such as coral reefs, marine operations such as aquaculture as well as to understand the role of marine growth on infrastructure.


Predicting the future of reef fringed coastlines

This project seeks to understand the physical processes that transport sediment generated on coral reefs, through the reef canopies and to the adjacent shorelines with the aim to develop both fundamental knowledge but also methods to describe these processes that can be integrated into numerical models. Current efforst involve field measurements, laboratory studies with 3D printed coral with numerical models at a range of scales (surf-beat, non-hydrostatic and CFD).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, BEng (Hons.)

Coastal Engineering, MSc (cum Laude)

Coastal Oceanography, PhD

External positions

Understanding Flooding On Reef-lined Island Coasts Working Group

2018 → …

Chair, Coastal, Ocean and Port Engineering Panel (Western Australia), Engineers Australia


Member National Committee for Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Engineers Australia

Member Coastal, Ocean and Port Panel (Western Australia), Engineers Australia

Industry keywords

  • Oceans
  • Environmental
  • Built Environment

Research expertise keywords

  • Sediment transport processes
  • Coastal processes
  • Coral reef oceanography
  • Aquaculture oceanography
  • Coastal evolution and storm response


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