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Dr David Griffin

Physical Oceanographer

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GPO BOX 1538


David Griffin is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. He is a Physical Oceanographer who has focussed on the mesoscale phenomena of the ocean since gaining his Ph. D in 1986. Meso-scale oceanic phenomena are analogous to atmospheric ‘weather’. Much of David’s career has been devoted to the creation of an analogous forecasting capability for ocean currents. He was awarded the Australian Marine Science Association’s Jubilee Award for this in 2012, in recognition of the popularity of the OceanCurrent web site that he developed, and many other applications of physical oceanography. In 2014 David served on the Drift Working Group convened during the search for missing flight MH370, and continues to assist the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to locate the aircraft on the sea floor by modelling the drift across the ocean of wreckage from this most tragic event.

Other Interests

Surfing, Ultimate Frisbee, Cycling, Scottish Country Dancing

Achievements and Awards

  • 2012

    Jubilee Award
    Australian Marine Science Association

  • 2008-2010

    Assisted with the successful location of WWII wrecks HMAS Sydney and AHS Centaur
    Blue Water Recoveries

Other highlights

  • 2014-2016

    Drift of items associated with MH370: advisor to AMSA and ATSB

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