The ocean and coastal response to tropical cyclone forcing in the Australian North West region

Edwin Johannes Fokke Drost

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Lowe, Ryan, Supervisor
  • Ivey, Gregory, Supervisor
  • Jones, Nicole, Supervisor
  • Pequignet, Anne-Christine Nancy, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date14 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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