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Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi

The Academic Details listed below present information collected by the University up to the end of 2013 and thus may not represent the full academic record.

Email: chari.pattiaratchi@uwa.edu.au  Home Page
Phone: (08)6488 3179

Prof. Charitha Pattiaratchi holds Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Wales, UK.  He has been at the University of Western Australia for over 20 years and currently holds the positions of Winthrop Professor of Coastal Oceanography and Head of the School of Environmental Systems Engineering.  Prof. Pattiaratchi has supervised over 30 PhD students and 100 honours students and has published over 300 articles/reports on coastal oceanography, which include over 100 in peer-reviewed international journals.  He has received more than $ 25 million in research funding.  Prof. Pattiaratchi's research interests are in coastal physical oceanography and coastal sediment transport, with emphasis on field experiments and numerical modelling.  He has played an active role in examining climate change effects in coastal regions of Western Australia and particularly in terms ocean currents, wind and wave climate, sea level variability, coastal flooding and beach stability.


Wandres, M., Pattiaratchi, C.B., Wijeratne, S., Hetzel, Y.L. 2016, 'The influence of the sub-tropical high pressure ridge on the Western Australian wave climate', The Fourteenth International Coastal Symposium, Sydney, 75, pp. 567-571. Detail

Bahmanpour, M.H., Pattiaratchi, C.B., Wijeratne, S., Steinberg, C., D’Adamo, N. 2016, 'Multi-year observation of the Holloway current along the shelf edge of north-western Australia', The Fourteenth International Coastal Symposium, Sydney, 75, pp. 1-5. Detail

Thums, M., Whiting, S.D., Reisser, J., Pendoley, K.L., Pattiaratchi, C.B., Proietti, M., Hetzel, Y., Fisher, R., Meekan, M.G. 2016, 'Artificial light on water attracts turtle hatchlings during their near shore transit', Royal Society Open Science, 3, 5,  Detail

Salim, S., Pattiaratchi, C. 2015, 'Effect of turbulent bursting on sediment entrainment', 22nd Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 15th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, , N/A, pp. 790-795. Detail

Penton, J., Pattiaratchi, C. 2015, 'Surface currents on the Rottnest continental shelf, Western Australia', 22nd Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 15th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, , N/A, pp. 670-675. Detail

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Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi 2016, 'Feasibility for an Artificial Surfing Reef', WA Department of Sport & Recreation.

Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi 2015, 'Identifying the Potential Spread of Marine Pests Through Natural Processes', Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI).

Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi 2015, 'Gorgon Project: Coastal Hydrodynamic and Sediment Modelling', WA Energy Research Alliance WAERA ex Chevron.

Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi 2015, 'Investigating Critical Biological Issues for Commercial Greenlip Abalone Sea Ranching in Flinders Bay Western Australia', Curtin University of Technology ex Fisheries Research & Development Corporation FRDC.

Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi 2015, 'Request for Quotation: Port Geographe, Post Reconfiguration Coastal Modelling and Analysis', WA Department of Transport.

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2015 PhD. Dr Wiener Reisser. Supervised by: Thums, Wilcox, Prof Pattiaratchi

2015 PhD. Ms De Vos. Supervised by: Prof Pattiaratchi, Harcourt

2015 PhD. Dr Thotagamuwage. Supervised by: Prof Pattiaratchi

2014 PhD. Dr Bosserelle. Supervised by: Dr Haigh, Prof Pattiaratchi

2013 PhD. R/Asst/Pro Hetzel. Supervised by: Prof Lowe, Prof Pattiaratchi

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