Ivica Janekovic

Dr

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Research interests

Combining empirical, theoretical and numerical knowledge to understand major ocean processes in continental shelf oceans and the adjacent seas. Development and implementation of different types of regional ocean modelling systems including improvements through data assimilation techniques. Special interest in real-time applications and operational coastal ocean forecasting systems using atmosphere -ocean-wave 2-way coupled models, their predictability and uncertainty. Work on data assimilation in coastal and ocean-wide basin systems using advanced 4DVar techniques and ROMS model, optimization on HPC supercomputer facilities. Mentioned methods enable me to combine field measurements and model dynamics in a dynamical and consistent way, better then each of them separately. Downscaling dynamics using nesting – high-resolution approach for ocean simulations with focus on advanced numerical techniques combined with data assimilation. Interactions and collaborations with bio-chemical modelling groups for advancing interdisciplinary research. 

Current projects

2020 -                  Principal investigator and leader for “Data Assimilation for the Western Australia using Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS)”, Pawsey Supercomputer research project, WA.

2018 - 2019        “Develop/Enhance the Marine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL) to Provide the Information Infrastructure in Support of the National Ocean Modelling System”, University of Tasmania ex University of Queensland ex NCRIS, Australia.

2018 – 2020        Leading industry funded project “Circulation Modelling of tropical cyclone-driven currents for Western Australia criteria estimation”, Woodside Energy Limited.

2014 - 2018         Principal investigator and leader, Exploring the Adriatic Sea Dynamics using Advanced Data Assimilation Methods and Measurements (ADAM-ADRIA), Croatian Science Foundation, Croatia.

2018 - 2022         Principal investigator and leader, ECMWF Supercomputer Centre project "PSAS Data Assimilation for the Adriatic Sea using Regional Ocean Modelling System (ROMS)", UK.

2018                     Principal investigator and leader, Pawsey Supercomputer Centre project “Advanced ocean-atmosphere modelling of western Australian seas”, Australia.

2016 – 2017        Principal investigator and leader for the project “Data Assimilation for the Western Australia using Regional Ocean Modelling System (ROMS)” at Pawsey Supercomputer facility, Australia.

2016 – 2017        Principal investigator and leader for the project “Optimising ROMS data assimilation model for CRAY XC40 supercomputer system”, Pawsey uptake project, Australia.

2014 – 2018        Near real-time ocean-atmosphere modelling system ROMS/WRF for central WA at UWA, Australia. http://coastaloceanography.org/

2014 – 2018         “Developing better predictions for extreme water”, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, UWA, Australia.

Teaching overview

Even though my work is research-based, I am always willing to respond to student queries. I am currently co-supervising two PhD students, and have co-supervised three Master of Professional Engineering students and three Honours students at UWA and one PhD student in Croatia. I am also actively involved in course development in the Oceans Graduate School, and jointly designed and proposed two postgraduate units (Computational fluid dynamics for ocean applications and Advanced topics in ocean numerical modelling). I have presented several seminars at UWA and also organized a series of lectures on the Regional Ocean Modelling System (ROMS).

Industrial relevance

I am also currently the leader for the $300,000, time-critical project “Circulation Modelling of Tropical Cyclone-driven Currents for Western Australia Criteria Estimation”, funded by Woodside Energy (2018–2020). For this project, which has been extended, I am using millions of the Pawsey supercomputer’s CPU units. While leading these projects, I was also leading the multi-institutional project entitled “Develop/Enhance the Marine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL) to Provide the Information Infrastructure in Support of the National Ocean Modelling System” (2018), funded by the University of Tasmania ex University of Queensland ex National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme. Since January 2020 I am fully funded by UWA Shell’s chair to further develop ocean modelling techniques for predicting ocean dynamics at North West Shelf of WA.

Future research

Based on my numerical ocean modelling expertise and scientific recognition, I am actively engaged as a developer for well known, international, ocean numerical models, such as the unstructured, ocean circulation model, SCHIMS (http://ccrm.vims.edu/schismweb/team.html); the next generation, unstructured wave model, WWM; and probably the most established global ocean model, ROMS.

Using 2-way coupled ocean - atmosphere models for better understanding of ocean dynamics and Data Assimilation in ocean models are my future research directions. 

Community engagement

Aside from my pure and intensive research and partial teaching and supervision duties, I am also involved in developing applicable, operational ocean–atmosphere systems. I developed an operational ocean–atmosphere system for the north-west regions of Western Australia (http://myocean.ems.uwa.edu.au/), which UWA’s oil and gas industry partners (e.g. Woodside; Shell) use regularly. I also developed another modelling system for Western Australia’s west coast (http://coastaloceanography.org/), which provides ocean–atmosphere forecasts and is used by researchers (it is a significant data source for PhD projects and published papers, and, for example, for setting boundary conditions in water quality models of the Swan River) and also the general public (e.g. for the Rottnest channel swim).

Roles and responsibilities

Teaching activity:

  • Supervising PhD and Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) students at the UWA.
  • Jointly proposed unit “at Ocean Graduate School, UWA
  • Teaching at doctorate study level in Oceanology, University of Zagreb, Croatia; unit “Numerical modelling in oceanography”.
  • Actively mentoring PhD students in Oceanology study.

Professional activity:

Reviewer for major journals:

Continental Shelf Research, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Journal of Physical Oceanography, Journal of Geophysical Research, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, Ocean Dynamics, Ocean Modelling, Marine Geology, Ocean Science Discussion, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Acta Adriatica, Annales Geophysicae, Geofizika.

Memberships:

Board member for Pawsey Supercomputer Merit Allocation; Representative for RBI at MONGOOS (Mediterranean Oceanography Network for the Global Ocean Observing System); Representative of Croatia in COST, EU action for Ocean Synthesis; Member of expert team for Marine Meteorology Centre Croatia; Member of Scientific board for natural science and research of the Adriatic Sea within Croatian Academy of Science and Art; Member of Commission for environment impact assessment, expert team of Regional Ecological Centre (REC) – Croatian Ministry of Env. and Protection.

Reviewer of competitive research grants: 

National Science Foundation (US), National Science Foundation (Croatia)

Previous positions

2015 - Present                   Research Assistant Professor, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

2015 – 2018                      Senior Research Scientist - Advisor, Laboratory for physical oceanography and chemistry of aquatic systems, Division for Marine and Environmental Research, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia.

2012 – 2015                       Senior Research Associate, Satellite Oceanography Group, Division for Marine and Environmental Research, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia.

2011 - 2012                        Research Associate, Marine and Environmental Research, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia.

2009 - 2011                        Post-doc Research Fellow at University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, Physical Oceanography, US.

1997 - 2009         Research Scientist, Division for Marine and Environmental Research, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia.

Education/Academic qualification

Physical oceanography, postdoc fellow, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

15 Sep 200925 Dec 2011

Award Date: 1 Sep 2009

Physics , PhD, University of Zagreb

Award Date: 1 Jun 2006

Oceanology, MSc, University of Zagreb

Award Date: 1 Feb 2001

Geophysics, BSc, University of Zagreb

Award Date: 1 Feb 1997

Research expertise keywords

  • Numerical modelling of coastal processes
  • Atmosphere Ocean 2-way interactions
  • Ocean dynamics
  • Data assimilation
  • Supercomputer simulations and modelling
  • Parallel computing
  • Parallel processing
  • Tropical Cyclone modelling

Industry keywords

  • Oceans
  • Environmental

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