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Paul Branson is a Coastal Research Scientist in CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.

After completing undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Ocean Systems Engineering, Paul worked as a consulting coastal engineer in the private sector for 7 years before joining CSIRO in 2016. Paul has a wide range of professional experience in the application of coastal data and numerical models for the assessment of dredging plume dispersion, extreme waves, tropical cyclones, inundation and coastal erosion. Paul developed Monte Carlo cyclone track systems for the assessment of long return interval storm tide and erosion assessments for tropical Australia, spectral transfer functions for efficient propagation of phase resolving models into ports and data management systems for multi-disciplinary environmental monitoring projects.

Since joining CSIRO Paul has delivered a detailed hindcast study of passive dredging plume dispersion during a large capital dredging project as part of the Western Australian Marine Science Institute Dredging Science node. The outcomes of this study have been delivered through various reports and further dissemination of the study outcomes is in progress to assist in industry uptake.

Paul completed a PhD studying of upwelling in shallow island wake flows. This was undertaken at laboratory scale and involved the design and construction of a shallow tidal flow flume and three dimensional particle imaging velocimetry system to obtain full flow field velocity measurements of the complex, unsteady circulation that occurs around islands.

Other Interests

  • Littoral zone processes
  • Island wake flows
  • 3D Particle Imaging Velocimetry (3DPIV)
  • Numerical modelling
  • Field data collection
  • Data Analytics
  • Python

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017-2017

    Gallery of Fluid Motion
    American Physical Society

  • 2008-2008

    Keulegan Prize - Best Final Year Thesis
    UWA School of Environmental Systems Engineering

  • 2008-2008

    Highest Aggregate Mark
    UWA School of Environmental Systems Engineering

  • 2001-2001

    Best Final Year Software Engineering Project

Current Roles

  • Senior Research Scientist
    Coastal Oceanography

Academic Qualifications

  • 2019

    University of Western Australia

  • 2008

    BE (Ocean Systems) Hons.
    University of Western Australia

  • 2001

    BSc (IT Systems/IT Applications) Hons.
    University of Western Australia

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-2018

    Research Scientist

  • 2009-2016

    Coastal Engineer