Dr Mark Hemer

Principal Research Scientist

Contact details:

  • GPO BOX 1538
    HOBART TAS 7001 AUSTRALIA

Biography

Dr Mark Hemer is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO's Ocean and Atmosphere business unit. He leads the Offshore Renewable Energy Systems Research Program of Australia's Blue Economy Co-operative Research Centre.

Mark's research addresses industry challenges - Over the past decade, he has increasingly focussed efforts to assess the opportunities for offshore renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal and solar) to contribute to Australia's future energy mix.

Concurrently, he has maintained his research as a shelf oceanographer, with strong interests in MetOcean conditions in a variable and changing climate, with application to coastal hazards, and the potential impacts of climate change and the implications for coastal risk management.

Mark maintains a number of national and international roles, including as the Australian delegate to the International Energy Agency Ocean Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Program; Chair of the Coordinated Ocean Wave CLimate Project (COWCLIP) which aims to improve understanding of surface wave climate variability and change and the role of waves in the coupled climate system; Chair of Australia's Forum for Operational Oceanography Surface Waves Working Group; and member of the World Meteorological Organization Standing Committee on Marine Meteorology and Oceanographic Services (SC-MMO). He is a lead author on the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (Oceans, cryosphere and sea-level change), and has been a contributing author to the IPCC Fourth (2007) and Fifth Assessment Reports (2013), and Special Reports on Oceans and Cryosphere (2019) and Extremes (2012). Mark has published over 70 peer-reviewed research papers, and more than 70 other reports and articles.

Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD. Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, 2003.
  • BSc (Hons I): Oceanography and Meteorology, Flinders University of South Australia, 1998.

Professional Appointments:

  • Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Hobart, Australia (2017- Ongoing).
  • Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Hobart, Australia (2011- 2017).
  • Research Scientist, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. Hobart, Australia (2008 - 2011).
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, Australia (2006 - 2008).
  • Research Scientist, Geoscience Australia, Canberra, Australia (2004- 2005).
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow. National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland (2003)

Adjunct and Visiting Positions:

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia. (2013-ongoing)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan (2015)
  • Visiting Scientist, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands (2014).
  • Visiting Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA (2012).
  • Visiting Scientist, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. (2010).

Awards

  • 2012 - Visiting Fellowship, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  • 2011 - CSIRO Julius Career Award
  • 2006 - CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Service to Profession and Community

  • 2011 - ongoing: Founding co-chair JCOMM Coordinated Ocean Wave Climate Project (COWCLIP)
  • 2017 - ongoing: Chair Australian Forum for Operational Oceanography Surface Waves Working Group
  • 2018 - ongoing: Australian delegate - International Energy Agency Ocean Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Program
  • 2020 - ongoing: Member World Meteorological Organization Standing Committee on Marine Meteorology and Oceanographic Services
  • 2020 - ongoing: Member Standards Australia Committee EL-066 Marine Energy - wave, tidal and other water current converters
  • 2014 - ongoing: Member, Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Organising Committee
  • 2017: Member, Technical Organising Committee 2018 International Conference on Ocean Energy, Normandy, France.
  • 2017: Guest Editor (Hemer and Wang), Elsevier Ocean Modelling (VSI on Wind-Wave Climate)
  • 2016-2017: Co-convenor European Geophysical Union General Assembly Session: Wave climate variability and change, with A. Semedo, M. Dobrynin and X. Wang.
  • 2016: Co-Chair of organising committee: Inaugural Australian Ocean Renewable Energy Symposium, Melbourne.
  • 2015: Guest Editor (Hemer and Tolman), Elsevier Ocean Modelling (SI 2 on Surface Ocean Waves)
  • 2014: Contributor to Marine Strategic Science Plan
  • 2013: Contributor to IPCC Working Group I 5th Assessment Report
  • 2013: Guest Editor (Hemer and Tolman), Elsevier Ocean Modelling (SI on Surface Ocean Waves)
  • 2010: Co-Chair Inaugural Australian Wind Waves Symposium.

Publications

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