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The GEMMS team is made up of qualified and experienced physical oceanographers, meteorologists, numerical modellers and environmental scientists; and now GIS experts, and Instrumental Technicians. GEMMS have developed a system of validated environmental models and rigorous analytical procedures that provide solutions to a variety of environmental, engineering and operational problems.

Core staff

Dr Graeme Hubbert
Dr Graeme HubbertOcenographer (Melbourne Office)

Graeme has spent most of his working life in oceanographic research and is internationally recognized for his atmospheric and ocean modelling work. In 1984 he was the first person in Australia to develop and use a 3 dimensional ocean model for coastal studies. In 1985 he was the first oceanographer employed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology where he developed marine forecast models for Australia. In 1993, Graeme left the Government research world to establish Global Environmental Modelling Systems with the aim of applying state-of-the-art numerical modelling to the many atmospheric and marine environmental problems faced world wide by Governments and industry.

Dr Sam Blake
Dr Sam BlakeMathematician and Software Developer (Melbourne Office)

Sam is an elite mathematician with strong software development capabilities which he now applies to the further development of GEMMS ocean simulation and analysis systems.

Tim Waldby
Tim WaldbyElectrical Engineer and Marine Measurement Manager (Perth Office)

Tim is an electrical engineer with over 20 years experience designing, deploying and maintaining ocean measurement systems in the coastal zone. Formerly Tim worked for MetOcean (now RPS MetOcean) for 20 years but joined GEMMS in 2012 to help expand our involvement in ocean measurement systems.

Gregory Ashcroft
Gregory AshcroftSenior Consultant WardKarlson Consulting (Dubai Office)

GEMMS have recently formed a partnership with WKC Group in order to mutually promote and deliver marine and environmental studies outside of the Australian continent. WKC is an environmental consulting group specialising in the delivery of quantitative studies, including air quality, acoustic and marine assessments and has offices in the UAE, South Africa and the UK. WKC has an enviable track record within the energy and infrastructure sectors having delivered technical environmental studies for some of the World’s largest oil & gas and mining development Projects in the World, with a particular emphasis in the Middle East and Africa regions. The focal point for the delivery of marine studies within the Middle East is Greg Ashcroft, a Senior Environment Consultant working in WKC’s Dubai office.

Scientific Collaborators

Dr Graham ShortenDirector of ECRI
Dr Graham Shorten, Director of Environmental & Community Risk International Pty Ltd (ECRi) has over 30 years of experience in Australasia and Asia-Pacific in the fields of disaster-risk assessment, geotechnical engineering and engineering geology. He has worked in private, academic, government and international organisations including the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), CSIRO Division of Geomechanics, Mineral Resources Department of Fiji (MRD), and the Queensland Department of Mines. Graham has spent much of that time as a scientific-engineering adviser involved in both applied and research projects dealing with natural and human-induced hazards. He has lived in several Southeast Asian and Pacific Island countries and worked widely in the region.

Graham has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney, and an MSc in Applied Geology from the University of Queensland. He has authored and co-authored internationally-refereed papers, presentations and reports on natural disaster risk management, participatory community disaster mitigation, disaster risk assessment, risk-GIS databases, risk-financing for catastrophes, earthquake microzoning, the mechanics of organic soils, and the impacts of earthquakes on ground failure in developing countries.

He has represented the Pacific Islands region through SOPAC in a variety of international meetings ranging from global climate change to earthquake engineering. Graham represented the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) in 1998 at the International Conference on the Radiological Situation at the Atolls of Mururoa and Fangataufa, held at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, and was appointed scientific adviser to the South Pacific Forum Leaders Tour of nuclear transport and reprocessing facilities in Japan in the same year. Most of the projects in the Pacific region have involved working closely with regional and international bank and donor organisations.

With a background in geotechnical modelling and geographic information systems, Graham has a firm commitment to the use of earth, ocean and atmospheric modelling in contributing to the solution of many of the problems confronting developing countries. The outputs of numerical modelling such as visualisations and animations provide valuable information that can be readily understood and adopted by people from any language group or background.

Matt EliotCoastal Engineer
Matt Eliot is a coastal engineer with over 13 years professional experience covering a wide range of coastal, estuarine and maritime projects around Australia. He has been involved in all phases of coastal engineering projects, including investigations, analysis, design, contract management, site supervision, project management, project review and structure failure assessment. Matt joined Coastal Information and Engineering Services in 1993 and assisted with the Dawesville Channel Project, design of Exmouth Boat Harbour and the Western Australian State Government maintenance dredging program.

From 1996 to 2002, Matt worked with Egis Consulting Australia (formerly CMPS&F Pty Ltd) as part of the marine and coastal engineering team. Highlight projects included review of Bunbury storm surge barrier operations, refurbishment of Broome Jetty and Coral Bay boat launching facility investigations, with a wide range of design and construction projects throughout Australia and Southeast Asia.

In 2002, Matt commenced work as an independent coastal engineer, through Damara WA Pty Ltd. Within this role, he has undertaken an increasing number of projects in collaboration with GEMMS, including dredge plume modelling at Dampier and cyclone impact studies for Efate and Tuvalu. Matt has worked with GEMMS on a wide range of projects throughout the Australian region, including wave climate assessments, wave load analyses and cyclonic inundation studies.

Dr Kathleen McInnesSenior Research Scientist, CSIRO Atmospheric Research
Dr Kathleen McInnes joined CSIRO Atmospheric Research in 1990. Since 1993, she has applied her numerical modelling skills to the modelling and understanding of tides and storm surges and the physical processes leading to coastal flooding. In recognition of some of her early work in coastal research, Kathy was invited to become a contributing author on the Coastal Zones and Small Islands chapter of the Second Assessment Report of the IPCC Working Group II.

Kathy has also undertaken and coordinated a large number of contract based-research projects focussing on coastal issues during her time at CSIRO. Recent projects have seen the development of algorithms to include the effect of waves on coastal sea levels to examine the role of storm surge and wave setup on extreme sea levels on the coast of NSW.

Kathy also remains an active contributor to the underpinning science of climate change research where her specific interest is the impact of climate change on severe weather systems that are responsible for coastal flooding and degradation. She has been involved in the analysis of Global Climate Model simulations of extra-tropical cyclones and severe winds. This analysis has involved the use of automated tracking software to monitor the frequency, intensity and movement of cyclones that develop in the simulated climates.

Ian LeProvost
Require a few Ian LeProvost has over 40 years experience in environmental impact assessment and management in coastal and estuarine environments, principally in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, but also in South East Asia and the Middle East.

Ian has also served three years on the Advisory Council to the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority, and in 2000-2002 as a member of the Authority. He has also completed the Executive Management Programme at the University of WA Graduate School of Management.

During his career, Ian has managed or directed environmental planning, assessment, management and monitoring studies for most of the major coastal developments in Western Australia, including dredging programmes in the Pilbara, Cockburn Sound and the South West of Western Australia and Bali, oil and gas developments on the North West Shelf, Timor Sea, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar and Thailand, management plans for marine parks on the north west shelf and at Shark Bay, and residential, canal and golf course developments in the South West of Western Australia and Bali. In recent years he has developed expertise in EMS, compliance auditing, and community consultation and outrage management.

Currently Ian is self-employed and until recently was president of the Environmental Consultants Association of WA.

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