PIANC VIC/TAS Chapter Lunchtime Seminar: Underpinning Antarctic Research – 30 Sept 2020

PIANC VIC/TAS  Chapter Lunchtime Seminar: Underpinning Antarctic Research - 30 Sept 2020

Date/Time
Date(s) - 30/09/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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Date: Wednesday 30 September 2020

Time: 12 Noon to 1pm AEST

Cost: FREE – Please register at Eventbrite:


Underpinning Antarctic research with basic ship hydrodynamics principles.

The Southern Ocean and the Antarctic are remote regions of the world oceans and yet fundamental for controlling Australian and global climate. Field observations, however, are limited to a handful of stations that only provide a few physical variables. As a consequence, fundamental physics remain elusive, contributing to inaccuracy of satellite sensors and numerical modelling in these regions. Here we will show how basic ship hydrodynamics principles can enhance our ability to explore and understand the Antarctic.

Presenter: Dr Filippo Nelli

Filippo has extensive experience in ocean engineering and technology, computational fluid dynamics and physical oceanography. He has a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy) and a PhD in Engineering from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), where he researched experimental and numerical modelling of wave dissipation due to sea ice. He currently holds a teaching associate position at Monash University and a Research Fellow position at the University of Melbourne, where he contributes to the ship hydrodynamics and Antarctic research program.

 

Co-Presenter: Associate Professor Alessandro Toffoli

Dr Toffoli has a wealth of experience in ocean and coastal engineering, physical oceanography and air-sea interactions, which includes research, teaching, consultancy, working at the Universities and industry. With a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) and PhD in Civil Engineering from the KU Leuven (Belgium), he went on to work in the shipping industry (DNVGL) in Norway, before joining Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) in 2009 as Research Fellow. In 2012, he accepted a position of Reader in Coastal Engineering at Plymouth University (UK), and returned to Swinburne as Associate Professor in Maritime Engineering in 2013. He now holds a position as Associate Professor in Ocean Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He is also Visiting Professor at K.U. Leuven (Belgium).