MetOcean Solutions joins CSIRO for Port Phillip Bay Coastal Hazard Assessment

MetOcean Solutions is partnering with CSIRO to undertake a coastal hazard assessment for Port Phillip Bay, performing data analysis and numerical modelling of climate change scenarios to understand the potential coastal hazards impact on the area.

This project is funded by the Victorian Government and aims at assessing the environmental effects of climate change along the Port Phillip Bay coastline, to help land managers understand the hazards they may face in the future (click here for more information).

“MetOcean Solutions has a strong focus in providing the latest developments in oceanography to real applications and therefore collaboration with government research and university research groups are fundamental for us,” says Dr Alexis Berthot, MetOcean Solutions’ Marine Project Consultancy Manager.

MetOcean has developed a coupled hydrodynamic and wave model for the region using the Semi-implicit cross-scale hydroscience integrated system model (SCHISM). SCHISM is a powerful capability for MetOcean Solutions in high resolution coastal hydrodynamics. The model will be used to perform multi-year simulations under various sea level rise scenarios and historical and future climate conditions.

SCHISM model mesh for Port Phillip Bay.

SCHISM model mesh for Port Phillip Bay.


“This state-of-the-art unstructured mesh model is key to providing a detailed representation of complex nearshore bathymetric features and engineering structures, such as breakwaters and ports, that enable us to better understand the hydrodynamic regime at nearshore and coastal waters,” says MetOcean Solutions’ physical oceanographer Phellipe Couto. “This achievement is critical to support planning around potential coastal hazards in the currently changing climate scenario.” 

The Coastal Hazard Assessment, led by CSIRO with support of MetOcean Solutions, Federation University and others, investigates the extension of inundation, groundwater change, and erosion. The outcome will assist the community in future planning considering climate change scenarios.

Photo: State Government of Victoria, available  here .

Photo: State Government of Victoria, available here.


Learn more about Port Phillip Bay Coastal Hazard Assessment at the Coastal Programs website of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria (Australia).

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