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Prof. Charitha Pattiaratchi holds Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Wales, UK.  He has been at the University of Western Australia for over 20 years and currently holds the positions of Winthrop Professor of Coastal Oceanography and Head of the School of Environmental Systems Engineering.  Prof. Pattiaratchi has supervised over 30 PhD students and 100 honours students and has published over 300 articles/reports on coastal oceanography, which include over 100 in peer-reviewed international journals.  He has received more than $ 25 million in research funding.  Prof. Pattiaratchi's research interests are in coastal physical oceanography and coastal sediment transport, with emphasis on field experiments and numerical modelling.  He has played an active role in examining climate change effects in coastal regions of Western Australia and particularly in terms ocean currents, wind and wave climate, sea level variability, coastal flooding and beach stability.

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Blog posts on Views & Visions

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Mixing hobbies and science 15 Apr 2016 coastal, flood, tsunami

Project leadership

This project will develop better predictions and forecasts for extreme water levels arising from storm surges, surface waves, continental shelf waves, tsunamis and mean sea level rise.
Year Type Citation
2016 Conference Paper Hetzel, Y., Janekovic, I. & Pattiaratchi, C. Improved predictions of Australian extreme sea levels through a coupled wave-surge model. AFAC16 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Report Pattiaratchi, C. Developing better predictions for extreme water levels:Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Report Pattiaratchi, C., Wijeratne, E. M. S., Hetzel, Y. & Janekovic, I. Predicting continental shelf waves in Australia. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2015 Conference Paper Janekovic, I., Hetzel, Y. & Pattiaratchi, C. Improved modeling of extreme storm surges and waves along the Australian coast - non peer reviewed extended abstract. Adelaide Conference 2015 (2015).
2015 Report Hetzel, Y. & Pattiaratchi, C. Review of Tropical-Extratropical Cyclone Transitions Annual Report 2014. (2015).
2015 Presentation Pattiaratchi, C., Janekovic, I. & Hetzel, Y. Developing better predictions for extreme water levels. (2015).
2015 Conference Paper Hetzel, Y., Janekovic, I., Pattiaratchi, C. & Wijeratne, E. M. S. Storm surge risk from transitioning tropical cyclones in Australia. Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference 2015 (ResearchGate, 2015).
2015 Journal Article Pattiaratchi, C. & Wijeratne, E. M. S. Are meteotsunamis an underrated hazard?. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 373, (2015).
2015 Report Pattiaratchi, C. Developing better predictions for extreme water levels: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2014 Journal Article Haigh, I. D. et al. Estimating present day extreme water level exceedance probabilities around the coastline of Australia: tropical cyclone-induced storm surges. Climate Dynamics 42, 139-157 (2014).
2014 Journal Article Haigh, I. D. et al. Estimating present day extreme water level exceedance probabilities around the coastline of Australia: tides, extra-tropical storm surges and mean sea level. Climate Dynamics 42, 121-138 (2014).
2014 Journal Article Haigh, I. D. et al. Timescales for detecting a significant acceleration in sea level rise. Nature Communications 5, (2014).

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Developing better predictions and forecasts for extreme water levels around Australia


The occurrence of extreme water levels can lead to loss of life and damage to coastal infrastructure. 

Meteorological Tsunamis along the Australian Coastline


Meteotsunamis incur damage on coasts all over the world. As they are more likely to occur than geophysical tsunamis, it has resulted in many coastal probelms in Australia in the lack of presence of efficient public awareness systems. Identifying where and when meteotsunamis pose a threat will aid coastal management and planning.

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Developing Better Predictions and Forecasts for Extreme Water Levels Around Australia


The occurrence of extreme water levels can lead to loss of life and damage to coastal infrastructure. To better prepare, coastal engineers, emergency managers and planners require accurate estimates of extreme water levels.

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Yasha Hetzel Conference Poster 2016


This project is developing better predictions and forecasts for extreme water levels arising from storm surges, surface waves, continental shelf waves, meteorological tsunamis, mean sea level rise and the transition from tropical to extra-tropical cyclones.

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All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook