CSIRO Tools and Applications in support of Environmental Monitoring

CSIRO Tools and Applications in support of Environmental Monitoring

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 10:00 to 11:00

About the Presenter

Ken Ridgway has over 30 years experience in physical oceanography and climate research.  He joined CSIRO in 1982 and recently retired from his position as a Principal Research Scientist in the ocean observations group of the Climate Program.  The analysis of ocean observations, both remote and in situ has underpinned Ken's research and he has applied simple but innovative schemes to gain new understanding of the circulation around Australia and the Southern Hemisphere on timescales from synoptic to long-term. 

Ken has developed a high level of knowledge of the regional boundary current systems around Australia and his participation is regularly sought to provide oceanographic advice in support of regional studies.  Throughout his career Ken's research interests have centred on observational analysis with a particular focus on developing ocean observing systems; he established a southwest Pacific sea level network and an Australian component to the voluntary observing ship program which contributed to international climate monitoring efforts. 

Ken is a Principal Investigator on a joint Australian-US Tasman Sea monitoring program. Ken has been a founding participant in the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and held leadership position in the Bluewater Node and the Ship of Opportunity facility. Ken has been an active sea-going oceanographer and participated and led cruises in the waters to the east and west of Australia.  Most recently he has established a major monitoring array of the East Australian Current off Brisbane.


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A high-level overview of some of the tools developed by CSIRO and partners in support of environmental monitoring will be presented. The applications cover timescales from days to weeks and spatial scales from ocean basins down to individual reefs.  Examples are described involving ocean forecasting, defence, search and rescue, tracking of marine debris, coastal vulnerability and water quality.  Case studies detailing ‘hands on’ applications of the tools are also presented.

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