Grant Smith

Senior Research Scientist

Current work and responsibilities

I am currently working in the seasonal prediction team on marine applications of seasonal forecasts, specifically for coral bleaching risk management. As part of this project, I undertake model skill assessment using various metrics, and develop useful coral bleaching products in consultation with key stakeholders (eg. GBRMPA).

I am also currently responsible for running the high resolution wave hindcast monthly which provides wave data around Australia and south west Pacific Islands Countries.

Previously, at the Bureau, I worked on the Climate and Ocean Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac) as an Oceanographer. As part of this role, I was primarily involved with the development of ocean products that were applicable for the Pacific, as well as training Pacific met staff and stakeholders in ocean science and applications.

Career background

  • 2005: Deakin University, Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental)
  • 2005: Deakin University, Bachelor of Computer Science (Programming & Software Development)
  • 2012: Swinburne University, PhD (Coastal Engineering & Oceanogaphy)
Professional positions
  • 2004–2007: Consulting Environmental Engineer; Cardno Lawson Treloar, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2010–2013: Consulting Coastal Engineer; WorleyParsons, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2013–2017: Oceanographer; Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2017–present: Research Scientist; Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.

Selected publications

  • Smith, G. A., Babanin, A. V., Riedel, P., Young, I. R., Oliver, S. and Hubbert, G. (2011) ‘Introduction of a new friction routine into the SWAN model that evaluates roughness due to bedform and sediment size changes’, Coastal Engineering, 58(4), pp. 317–326. doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2010.11.006.
  • Smith, G., Yesilnacar, E., Jiang, J. and Taylor, C. (2015) ‘Marine Habitat Mapping Incorporating Both Derivatives of LiDAR Data and Hydrodynamic Conditions’, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 3(3), pp. 492–508. doi: 10.3390/jmse3030492.
  • Widlansky, M. J., Marra, J. J., Chowdhury, M. R., Stephens, S. A., Miles, E. R., Fauchereau, N., Spillman, C. M., Smith, G., Beard, G. and Wells, J. (2017) ‘Multimodel Ensemble Sea Level Forecasts for Tropical Pacific Islands’, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 56(4), pp. 849–862. doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0284.1.

Grant Smith

  • Seasonal prediction
  • Coral reef management
  • Wave modelling
  • Metocean data collection
  • Science communication
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  • Marine Strategy Coordination Committee Working Group