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

    6009 Perth


  • 1240 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
1978 …2019
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Personal profile


Graham is a physical oceanographer with interests in nearshore processes on beaches and reefs, and inner continental shelf processes. Following completion of his PhD in 1982 Graham worked for 4 years as a research scientist with the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography where he initiated a sea ice research program and participated in the international Marginal Ice Zone Experiment in the Greenland Sea in 1983-84. In 1986 he moved to the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. A major focus of his research while at ADFA was on rip currents and beach morphodynamics, and wave driven currents on reefs. Graham joined CSIRO in 2005 and since then has developed CSIRO’s capability in nearshore waves and wave driven currents. Using both field based studies and modelling he has studied the coupling between waves, currents, sediment transport and bathymetry, and lead the littoral zone component of the Bluelink project from June 2006 to June 2013 to develop a littoral zone forecasting capability for the RAN.  Also, since joining CSIRO, his ongoing work on reefs has included field and modelling studies on temperate reefs off Perth and coral reefs at Ningaloo and in the Kimberley. With collaborators from UWA and Curtin University a major project funded through the Western Australia Marine Science Institute commenced in June 2013 to predict the characteristics of sediment plumes due to dredging operations and was co-lead a project to assess the environmental impacts of wave energy conversion arrays.  Graham has been an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA since October 2015 and formerly left CSIRO in June 2016. At UWA Graham has co-supervised three PhD students, one completed and two who have submitted their theses for examination. Current research includes CFD modelling of sediment driven gravity currents.

External positions

Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO

Jun 2005Jun 2016

Senior Lecturer, Geography and Oceanography Department Australian Defence Force Academy Canberra

Jul 1996Jun 2005

Lecturer, Geography and Oceanography Department Australian Defence Force Academy Canberra

Dec 1986Jul 1996

Research Scientist, Bedford Institute of Oceanography

Aug 1982Dec 1986

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Research Output 1978 2019

  • 1240 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 35 Article
  • 14 Conference paper
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Comment/debate

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

Infragravity wave energy partitioning in the surf zone in response to wind-sea and swell forcing

Contardo, S., Symonds, G., Segura, L. E., Lowe, R. J. & Hansen, J. E., 28 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 7, 11, 383.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
edge wave
surf zone
wave energy
2 Citations (Scopus)

Breakpoint Forcing Revisited: Phase Between Forcing and Response

Contardo, S., Symonds, G. & Dufois, F., Feb 2018, In : Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans. 123, 2, p. 1354-1363 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

In situ observations and simulations of coastal wave field transformation by wave energy converters

Contardo, S., Hoeke, R., Hemer, M., Symonds, G., McInnes, K. & O'Grady, J., 1 Oct 2018, In : Coastal Engineering. 140, p. 175-188 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wave effects
Environmental impact
Numerical models
4 Citations (Scopus)

Shoreline variability at a low-energy beach: Contributions of storms, megacusps and sea-breeze cycles

Segura, L. E., Hansen, J. E., Lowe, R. J., Symonds, G. & Contardo, S., 1 Jun 2018, In : Marine Geology. 400, p. 94-106 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

sea breeze