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Dr Salman Saeed Khan

Senior Research Scientist


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Salman is a Research Scientist at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere’s sea-level, waves and coastal extremes research. His research uses remote sensing to create long-term records of ocean surface waves, winds, and related observations, which provide critical information for coastal hazards planning and are also in high demand from Australian offshore industries (oil & gas, marine renewable energy, fisheries etc.), and research communities to support research, development and planning of blue economy activities.

Salman is interested in bringing satellite ocean surface observations closer to the coast, improving global and regional models by using high quality observations, and using blended model-observation products to study mean sea-state climate, extreme events, and their impacts.

Salman’s previous research interests and experiences include working on a range of Earth Observation applications spanning satellite oceanography, remotely sensed archaeological survey of tropical rainforests, satellite derived land use and land cover mapping, and statistical modelling of microwave radar signals.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2007-2009

    Fulbright scholarship
    University of Central Florida, USA

  • 2022-2022

    Team recognition - certificate of appreciation

Current Roles

  • Research Scientist
    Developing the IMOS waves sub-facility to provide satellite-derived, quality controlled ocean surface waves products to the Australian marine and coastal research community.

  • Research Scientist
    Understand the effects of water levels on the coasts by using satellite observational data alongside numerical models and in-situ observations

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

    PhD Electronics Engineering (Satellite Remote Sensing)
    University of Surrey, UK

  • 2009

    MSc Electrical Engineering (Satellite Remote Sensing)
    University of Central Florida, USA

Professional Experiences

  • Feb 2018-Present

    Research Scientist

  • Nov 2017-Feb 2018

    Earth Observation Applications and Services Engineer
    Starlab, Barcelona

  • Sep 2014-Jun 2017

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    University of Exeter, UK

  • Oct 2012-Jul 2014

    Research Fellow and Research Assistant
    Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, UK

  • Jun 2004-Jul 2007

    Software Engineer

  • Jun 2004-Aug 2005

    Software Engineer

Other highlights

  • 2013-2013

    Winner of best paper award for IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observation and Remote Sensing


  • 2019-2023

    Co-lead: IMOS Satellite Remote Sensing Surface Waves Sub-facility

  • 2019-2021

    Co-lead: IMOS New Tech Proving Wind Speed and Direction Extension grant

  • 2021-2022

    Lead: CSIRO eResearch Collaborative Project: Regridding high-resolution coastal satellite marine winds for wider uptake

  • 2020-2021

    Lead: CSIRO eResearch Collaborative Project: A tool to convert satellite netCDF database from along-track to a binned structure

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • Jul 2020-Sep 2020

    Acting Team Leader - Sea-level, waves, and coastal extremes team

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