Australian Coastal and Oceans Modelling and Observations Workshop (ACOMO) 2014


07/10/14 - 08/10/14


Shine Dome, Canberra


Invite Only.

Workshop Presentations

The ACOMO 2014 workshop report can be downloaded here.

Workshop Presentations

The workshop poster presentations can be seen here. 

Links to the workshop talk presentations are provided below (in the Agenda and presentations section).  


Due to the success of ACOMO 2012 (see for more information on previous workshop) and interest expressed in a follow up during the IMOS annual planning meeting, ACOMO 2014 will be held at the beginning of October this year. The purpose is to keep encouraging and supporting the co-evolution and engagement between Australia’s integrated marine observing system and our national coastal and ocean modelling capability.

This meeting will be organised around the following Themes and related Topics:



1.       Modelling toolkits

1.       Data availability via AODN

2.       MARVL

3.       Visualization tools

4.       Parameter libraries

5.       Uncertainty estimates

2.       Shelf reanalysis requirements

1.       Boundary and initial conditions e.g. met forcing, open ocean boundary, bathymetry, catchment loads

2.       Data assimilation schemes for reanalysis

3.       Models suitable for reanalysis

4.       Observations for inclusion in reanalysis

5.       Data impact studies

3.       Biogeochemistry

1.       Boundary and initial conditions e.g. met forcing, open ocean boundary, bathymetry, catchment loads

2.       Data assimilations schemes

3.       Improvements in processes e.g. optics, mixing

4.       Validation

5.       Application of outputs for management

4.       Developments in coastal modelling and observation

1.       Sea level and storm surge modelling

2.       Wave modelling

3.       Two-way ocean/atmosphere coupling e.g. WRF

4.       Use of coastal altimetry

5.       BOM coastal modelling update

We would also expect the agenda for future national workshops to emerge, with an increasing focus on biophysical integration, and a long term goal of sustained ecological observing underpinning operational ecosystem modelling.

The Organising committee

Ana Lara-Lopez (IMOS-Chair), Tim Moltmann (IMOS), Andreas Schiller (CSIRO), Roger Proctor (IMOS), Chari Pattiaratchi (UWA), Emlyn Jones (CSIRO), Robin Robertson (UNSW) and Richard Brinkman (AIMS).

Logistics: Donna Harris (IMOS Office).

Meeting Structure

Contributions will be in the form of presentations selected by the Organising committee from the pool of submitted abstracts, and an open poster session.

Focussed discussion sessions will be used to identify next steps and future directions.


The meeting will be supported by the IMOS Office. Participation is by invite only; and participants will be expected to self-fund their own travel and accommodation.

Additional support has been provided by The University of Western Australia, Australian Institute of Marine Science and Sydney Institute of Marine Science.


Abstract submission for presentations and posters are open to all invited. However, the Organising committee reserves the right to select and combine similar abstracts submitted for presentations and ask the authors to submit an extended abstract and present their work together in the form of a community level contribution.


Agenda and Presentations


7th October 2014


Arrival, registration and coffee



Ana Lara-Lopez

Welcome and housekeeping


Tim Moltmann



Brian Powell (Keynote speaker)

Quantifying the role of observations in a numerical model

Shelf reanalysis requirements


Eric C. J. Oliver and Neil J. Holbrook

A numerical ocean model for the continental shelf off Eastern Tasmania


Colette Kerry and Brian Powell

How do strong internal tides affect state estimates and predictions of the mesoscale circulation


E.M.S. Wijeratne, Charitha Pattiaratchi, Roger Proctor

Estimates of alongshore and cross-shelf transports around Australia

10.20-10.40        Coffee


Moninya Roughan, Peter Oke, Ryan Lowe, John Middleton, Gary Brassington, Susan Wijfells, Peter May, Tim Moltmann 

A National Shelf Re-analysis project for Australia


DISCUSSION of Shelf reanalysis requirements



Pete Strutton, Katie Jones, Helen McDonald, Nicole Jones, Cynthia Bluteau, Christine Pequignet, Ryan Lowe, Greg Ivey

Coupling between ocean physics and biogeochemistry on the northwest shelf: Observations and models


Jim Greenwood and Peter Craig

Modelling the vertical distribution of phytoplankton on the continental shelf

12.20-1.05            Lunch


John Zeldis

Linking eutrophication and ocean acidification to land use: 18 years of ocean observation in the Hauraki Gulf


Jenny Skerratt, Mark Baird, Mathieu Mongin, Farhan Rizwi, Karen Wild-Allen

Application of catchment load scenarios for management of coastal ecosystems


Matthew R. Hipsey, Louise C. Bruce, Sri Adiyanti, Bradley Eyre, Perran L.M. Cook, Justin D. Brookes

Modelling the effect of environmental change on estuarine health: challenges for model development and observing systems


Sri Adiyanti, Matthew R. Hipsey, Isaac Santos, Damien Maher, Bradley Eyre

A framework for Estimating Uncertainty of a Carbon Isotope-enabled Model for Validating Carbon Flux Pathways in an Estuary

2.25-2.45                Coffee


Klaus D. Joenk

Building stable isotope fractions into a coupled hydrodynamic/biogeochemical model


Mark Baird, Karen Wild-Allen, Mathieu Mongin, Jenny Skerratt, Farhan Rizwi, Barbara Robson, Emlyn Jones, Thomas Schroeder

eReefs biogeochemical model assessment – ocean colour and in situ observations


Emlyn Jones, Mike Herzfeld, Mathieu Mongin, Mark Baird, Peter Oke

eReefs data assimilation – from the hydrodynamics to the biogeochemistry


DISCUSSION of Biogeochemistry


Australia’s Chief Scientist – Professor Ian Chubb



Poster session


8th October 2014


Developments in coastal modelling and observation


Kate Hedstrom (Keynote speaker)

Exploring Alaska's Seas


John Middleton, John Luick, Charles James, Mark Doubell, Hugo de Oliveira

Coastal Modelling at the South Australian Research and Development Institute


Mike Herzfeld and Philip Gillibrand

Model optimization through development: the eReefs example.


David K. Williams, Craig Steinberg, Paul Rigby, Richard Brinkman, Simon Spagnol, Ruth Patterson

Observations and modelling in support of port activities for Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia


Xiao Hua Wang and Moninya Roughan

Estuarine and sediment transport modelling for the World Harbour Project

10.20-10.40          Coffee


Robin Robertson

Parameterization of Vertical Tidal Mixing in ROMS


Alexander V. Babanin, Ian R. Young, W. Erick Rogers, Stefan Zieger

Third Generation Wave Models Based on Observational Physics


Charles James, Mark Doubell, John Luick, John Middleton

SWAN model study:  Effects of wind forcing temporal resolution on waves in Spencer Gulf


Scott A. Stephens, Richard M. Gorman, Rob G. Bell

Coastal inundation modelling in New Zealand


Ian L. Turner, Mark A. Davidson, Kristen D. Splinter, Tom Beuzen

Forecasting sandy coastline response to varying/changing coastal wave climates-data needs, challenges and solutions

12.20-1.05    Lunch


Ian Coghlan, Bill Peirson, Russel Morison, Michael Banner

Measured and Modelled Wave Climates of South-Eastern Australia


David Griffin and Madeleine Cahill

Coastal Altimetry 101


Nurul Hazrina Idris, Xiaoli Deng, and Angela M. Maharaj

A comparison of SARAL/Altika coastal altimetry and in situ observations across Australasia


Ben Brushett, Sasha Zigic, Ryan Alexander, David Wright, Murray Burling

Operational Drift Forecast Modelling in support of AMSA MH370 Search


DISCUSSION of Developments in coastal modelling and observation




Modelling toolkits


Roger Proctor, Peter Oke, Uwe Rosebrock, Brandan Davey, Xiaoming Fu, Peter Blain, Benedicte Pasquer, Gary Carroll, Simon Pigot

Australia’s marine virtual laboratory


Jess Melbourne-Thomas, Andrew Constable, Stuart Corney, Michael Sumner, Elizabeth Fulton

Challenges and innovations in Southern Ocean ecosystem modelling and assessment: the future


Eoin Howlett, Kelly Knee, Derrick Snowden

Data Management Update for the U.S Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)


Tim Pugh, Tom Beer, Robin Bowen, Martin Dix, Ben Evans, Tim Erwin, Michael Naughton, Scott Wales

Community research services and meteorological forcing data at the ANU/NCI facility


DISCUSSION of Modelling toolkits



Wrap up/Meeting Close