Tropical cyclones are the dominant forcing mechanism for generating large surface waves during the austral summer months in the Australian North West region. A regional numerical wave model (SWAN) predicted the spatial and temporal evolution of the surface wave field under accurate wind forcing. Furthermore, wave-current interactions on the continental shelf resulted in large enhancements of combined current related bed shear stresses. Finally, down-scaled coastal numerical models (SWAN, Delft3D and XBeach) and in-situ measurements showed that local wave generation and direct wind stresses had a dominant impact on hydrodynamics in a local reef-lagoon system during a direct TC passage.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||14 Dec 2017|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2017|