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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Personal profile


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).

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, BEng (Hons.)

Coastal Engineering, MSc (cum Laude)

Coastal Oceanography, PhD

External positions

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


  • Oceans
  • Environmental
  • Built Environment
  • Sediment transport processes
  • Coastal processes
  • Coral reef oceanography
  • Aquaculture oceanography
  • Coastal evolution and storm response

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Research Output 2012 2019

15 priorities for wind-waves research: An Australian perspective

Greenslade, D., Hemer, M., Babanin, A., Lowe, R., Turner, I., Power, H., Young, I., Ierodiaconou, D., Hibbert, G., Williams, G., Aijaz, S., Albuquerque, J., Allen, S., Banner, M., Branson, P., Buchan, S., Burton, A., Bye, J., Cartwright, N., Chabchoub, A. & 58 othersColberg, F., Contardo, S., Dufois, F., Earl-spurr, C., Elliott, G., Farr, D., Flynn, J., Goodwin, I., Gunson, J., Hansen, J., Hanslow, D., Harley, M., Hetzel, Y., Hoeke, R., Jones, N., Kinsela, M., Liu, Q., Makarynskyy, O., Marcollo, H., Mazaheri, S., Mcconochie, J., Millar, G., Moltmann, T., Moodie, N., Morim, J., Morison, R., Orszaghova, J., Pattiaratchi, C., Pomeroy, A., Proctor, R., Provis, D., Reef, R., Rijnsdorp, D., Rutherford, M., Schulz, E., Shayer, J., Splinter, K., Steinberg, C., Strauss, D., Stuart, G., Symonds, G., Tarbath, K., Taylor, P., Taylor, D., Taylor, J., Thotagamuwage, D., Toffoli, A., Valizadeh, A., Van Hazel, J., Vieira Da Silva, G., Wandres, M., Whittaker, C., Williams, D., Winter, G., Xu, J., Zed, M., Zhong, A. & Zieger, S., 2019, In : Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
wind wave
wave modeling
sea state
Open Access
Electron Microscopy


Pomeroy, A. W. M. & Sequeira, A. M. M., 14 Jan 2019, Marine Extremes: Ocean Safety, Marine Health and the Blue Economy. Techera, E. J. & Winter, G. (eds.). UK: Routledge, p. 161-178 18 p. (Earthscan Oceans).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

food security
aquaculture method
aquaculture production
intensive culture

Integrating structure from motion, numerical modelling and field measurements to understand carbonate sediment transport in coral reef canopies

Pomeroy, A., Storlazzi, C., Rosenberger, K., Hatcher, G. & Warrick, J., 16 May 2019, Coastal Sediments 2019: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference. World Scientific Publishing, p. 959-969

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

carbonate sediment
coral reef
sediment transport

Sediment transport processes over benthic ecosystems

Lowe, R., Ghisalberti, M., Pomeroy, A., Cuttler, M. & Bowyer, C., Mar 2019, Theme 3, Project 3.3 ed. Australia: Western Australian Marine Science Institution.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output


Projects 2017 2021

Activities 2002 2020

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020

Andrew Pomeroy (Participant)
Feb 2020

Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020

Andrew Pomeroy (Member of programme committee)
16 Feb 202021 Feb 2020

Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

Coastal Sediments 2019

Andrew Pomeroy (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference

Coastal Sediments 2019

Andrew Pomeroy (Participant)

Activity: Conferences and workshopsParticipation in workshop, seminar or course

LEaDing Fellows’ PostDoc Program Reviewer

Andrew Pomeroy (Independent expert)

Activity: Service and engagementJudging of prize or award/award in researchers name