Saima Aijaz

Research Scientist

Current work and responsibilities

My research interests are in coupled ocean-wave-hurricane modelling; nearshore wave predictions; hydrodynamic and sediment transport modelling; coastal vulnerability due to climate change; and extreme wave criteria for ports and harbour design. I am currently undertaking Lagrangian modelling to assess the impacts of river plumes on the Great Barrier Reef system as part of the eReefs project. I have been involved in the bias correction of ECMWF global ensemble prediction systems to improve tropical cyclone predictions for the oil and gas industry. I am a visiting lecturer at The University of Melbourne delivering lectures on waves, sediment, and dredge plume modelling.

Career background

Education:
  • PhD (Oceanography), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
  • MS(Oceanography), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
  • BE (Civil), NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
Professional Positions
  • 2015–Present: Research Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology | Visiting Lecturer, The University of Melbourne | Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2015–2015: Waves Specialist - Asian Development Bank
  • 2010–2014: Principal Coastal Engineer & Technical Practice Leader - AECOM Australia
  • 2009–2010: Specialist Coastal Projects - Dubai Municipality, Government of Dubai, UAE
  • 2008–2009: Senior Coastal Engineer - Sogreah Gulf, Dubai, UAE
  • 1995–2008: Oceanographer/Senior Project Engineer - Cardno Lawson Treloar, Sydney & Melbourne, Australia
  • 1992–1995: Coastal Engineer; Coastal Environments, San Diego, USA
  • 1990–1993: Research Assistant; Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, USA

Selected Publications

  • Aijaz, S., Ghantous, M., Babanin, A.V., Ginis, I., Thomas, B., and Wake, G. (2017) Nonbreaking wave-induced mixing in upper ocean during tropical cyclones using coupled hurricane-ocean-wave modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JC012219
  • Aijaz, S., Ghantous, M., Babanin, A.V., Ginis, I., Thomas, B., and Wake, G. (2017) Nonbreaking wave-induced mixing in upper ocean during tropical cyclones using coupled hurricane-ocean-wave modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research Oceans, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JC012219
  • Aijaz, S., Rogers, W. E. and Babanin, A. V. (2016) Directional wave-spectral response to sudden wind changes in finite water depths, Ocean Modelling, 103, 98-117.
  • Aijaz, S., Driscoll, A., Sayce, A., K√¶rgaard, K., Klabbers, M. and Misra, S.(2013) Fine Sediment Transport Modelling for Port Design, Coasts and Ports 2013 PIANC Conference, September 2013, Sydney.
  • Aijaz, S., Collett, M. J. and Deam, S.(2010) Coastal Hazards Assessment and Adaptation to Climate Change at Portland. Practical Responses to Climate Change National Conference 2010, Melbourne.
  • Elwany, H.S., Flick, R.E. and Aijaz, S.(1998) Opening and Closure of a Marginal Southern California Lagoon Inlet, Estuaries, 21 (2), 246-254.
  • Aijaz, S. and Jenkins, S. A. (1994) On the Electrokinetics of Shear Stress Behaviour in Fluid Mud Suspensions, Journal of Geophysical Research, 99, 12697-12706.
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Saima Aijaz

Expertise:
  • Coastal oceanography
  • Numerical modelling (POM, SWAN, DHI MIKE, DELFT3D, WAVEWATCHIII, ACCESS-TCX)
  • Coastal erosion and inundation
  • Statistical analyses of tropical cyclone parameters
  • Waves, tides, and storm surge predictions
  • Coastal Sediment transport
  • Coastal vulnerability due to climate change
  • Met-ocean data analysis
  • Design criteria for ports and coastal structures
  • Dredge-plume modelling
  • Beach management studies
Publications:

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