Physical oceanography in bays and estuaries. Numerical modelling in shallow seas. Bottom boundary layer and sediment transport dynamics. Coastal Integrated Management Systems.
Fields of Research (FoR)Physical Oceanography, Economic Development Policy, Environmental Management, Ecological Impacts of Climate Change, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Climate Change Processes
Professor Xiao (Hua) Wang graduated from Ocean University of China, and holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography from James Cook University in Australia. He is a Co-leader of the Sino-Australian Research Consortium for Coastal Management (SARCCM), University of New South Wales, Australia, and an Associate Editor for Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (IF 2.32) and Limnology and Oceanography: Methods (IF 1.992), respectively. He has over 30 years...view more
Professor Xiao (Hua) Wang graduated from Ocean University of China, and holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography from James Cook University in Australia. He is a Co-leader of the Sino-Australian Research Consortium for Coastal Management (SARCCM), University of New South Wales, Australia, and an Associate Editor for Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (IF 2.32) and Limnology and Oceanography: Methods (IF 1.992), respectively. He has over 30 years experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. His research concerns the modelling of ocean circulation, sediment transport dynamics, and understanding coastal management issues. He has over 130 publications including peer-reviewed journal papers, 7 book chapters and one book. His work has been funded by a variety sources including the Australia Research Council, the EU Framework, and the US Office of Naval Research.
Prof. Wang is the Coordinator for China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship program at UNSW Canberra. He initiated and subsequently managed the MOU for academic exchange and research collaboration between UNSW and OUC since 2008. This agreement has resulted in more than 50 OUC HDRs enrolled at UNSW and numerous academics visits between two institutions.
Prof. Wang has been involved in several international collaborative projects with both European and US scientists. He was a Visiting Scientist at Princeton University USA in 1995; a Visiting Scientist in the Institute of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences-CNR, Italy in 1999; a Visiting Professor at the University of Bologna Italy in 2001; and a guest investigator in Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2005. From 1999-2004, he has spent approximately one month per year in Bolonga, Italy to conduct his study of the Adriatic Sea. Since 2005, he has spent one month per year in China to study the sediment dynamics in the Yellow and East China Seas.
Current and Graduated Postgraduate Students
Name of Student
|Do-Seong Byun||The effects of tidally-driven sediment resuspension on the ecosystem dynamics in the Southwest coast of Korea (UNSW@ADFA)||PhD||2004|
|Lulu Qiao||The shear front and sediment transport in the Yellow River estuary (Ocean University of China, China)||PhD||2008|
|Vihang Bhatt||The effect of the fluid-mud layer on ocean dynamics in coastal seas (UNSW@ADFA)||PhD||2010|
|Donghui Jiang||An operational sea state and circulation forecast system for Jervis Bay, NSW||PhD||2012|
|Fan Zhang||Management of Australia Defence Force activities in Australian Marine Protected Areas, by analysing the Environmental Management Systems of Jervis Bay and Shoalwater Bay training areas||PhD||2012|
|Wen Wu||To compare the legislative frameworks, management characteristics and impact of the ecosystems of the marine protected areas in Australia and in China||PhD||2012|
|Qun Liang||Estimating benefits of IMOS in managing Marine Protected Areas||MSc||2010|
|Dehai Song||A Skewness-based Analysis and Numerical Simulations on Tidal Asymmetries, Dynamics, and Suspended Sediment Transport||PhD||2013|
|Li Li||Modelling the Sediment Dynamics in Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory||PhD||2013|
|Zhibing Li||Modelling sediment transport in Port of Abbot Point and its adjacent Great Barrie Reef waters||PhD||2017|
|Shengnan Chen||Comparative Research on Legal and Regulatory Frameworks Related to Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Australia and China||PhD||2015|
|Guan Dong Gao||Land reclamation and its impact on hydrodynamics and sediment transport in Jiaozhou Bay, Qingdao||PhD||2017|
|Fatemeh Ziaeyan Bahri||Correlation between East Australian Current and Sea Level Rise along the east coast of Australia||PhD||2018|
|Amanda Xiao||Modelling hydrodynamics and sediment transport in Sydney Harbour||PhD||2018|
|Haifeng Zhang||Investigating sea surface temperature diurnal variation over the Tropical Warm Pool using MTSAT-1R||PhD||2017|
|Zhixin Cheng||Hydrodynamic Study of Sediment Transport Patterns in Estuary and Coastal Area --- Case Study on Yalu River Estuary||MPhil||2016|
|Wenyun Guo||Numerical study of sediment dynamics in Shanghai Port||ECNU Joint Training PhD||2017|
|Maozeng Jiang||Legal and Governance Frameworks for Scientific Research Risk Management in Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Areas||PhD||2018|
|Fanglou Liao||Coastally trapped wave observations and modelling in Jervis Bay and its adjacent shelf||PhD||2019|
|Bo Dong||Analysis of the drivers and impacts of governments’ biofuel research investment policy: a comparison between Australia and China||PhD||2017|
|Saiful Marbun||Impacts of marine and fisheries industrialisation and the Blue Economy Policy in Indonesia on the local communities and the environment in Indonesia||MPhil||2015|
|Yuanchi Xiao||Using eReefs data to analyze sediment transport dynamics in the Burdekin River Estuary in the GBR region||MPhil||2018|
|Gang Yang||Research on the Sediment Transport Patterns in the Area of Wei Fang Harbor using the Satellite Remote Sensing Method||MPhil||2018|
|Zhixin Cheng||Modelling sediment dynamics in Darwin Harbour under the Australian monsoon||PhD||2020|
|Yuan Yuan||Dynamics response to human interventions in a small embayment: thermohaline circulation, waves and sea ice formation||PhD||On-going|
|Senyang Xie||Land reclamation and its impact on hydrodynamics and substance transport in the Jiulong Estuary-Xiamen Bay, China||PhD||On-going|
|Md Wasif E Elahi||Estuarine circulation and sediment transport during cyclone induced storm surge in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta||PhD||On-going|
|Yuwei Hu||Studies of Australian Coastal Extreme Events Based on Satellite Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Sea Surface Height (SSH) Datasets||PhD||On-going|
|Anna Maggiorano||Study of the effects of the Indo-Australian monsoon on the Australian North-Western shelf dynamics||PhD||On-going|
|Gang Yang||Study of the effects of storms on the sediment dynamics and erosion in estuaries and coastal seas||PhD||On-going|
|Wan Liu||Climate change impacts and management of algal blooms in coastal rivers||MPhil||2020|
My Research Activities
SARCCM Research Themes
Program Leader: Prof. Xiao Hua Wang
Prof. Peter Steinberg, Prof. Emma Johnston, Prof. Moninya Roughan, A/Prof Barbara Robson, A/Prof. Erick Fredj, Dr Andrew Kiss, Mr Chris Lane, Ms Zhibing Li, Mr Guan Dong Gao, Ms Amanda Xiao, Ms Zhixin Cheng, Mr Fanglou Liao, Prof. Charles Lemckert
- To develop and apply hydrodynamics and sediment transport models in estuaries, ports, and turbid coastal environments;
- To explore the structure, function, dynamics and interactions of marine ecosystems and their relationships with common environmental stressors within estuarine and coastal waters;
- To develop regional coastal ocean observing and forecasting system.
- Fostering excellence in comparative research on natural resource management in China, Australia and with other international partners.
- Sharing of research knowledge and development of new insights and capacity to contribute to marine and coastal natural resource management.
In this task, we will examine and assess to which extent the routine measurements from spaceborne sensors are combined and used together with model-based forecasting systems. The outcome shall form the basis of a series of recommendations concerning bridging the gap of Chinese/Australian capacity for utilizing spaceborne measurements in the framework of an operational ocean forecasting system.
- Collect the data from current satellites and the information of future satellites which will be launched in the near future for coastal ocean observation (SST, wind, waves, sea ice, ocean colour and surface current).
- Investigate multi-temporal data processing techniques for retrieving the ocean environmental parameters as a time series to match the goals of ocean applications in the China Seas and Australia waters. Develop cloud removal techniques to generate frequent optical images.
- Investigate data fusion approach to integrate big data including multi/hyperspectral, SAR, and LiDAR from both optical and microwave sensors.
- Collect remote sensed and field data for ground truthing and validation.
Journal - Refereed & Scholarly Article
Fanglou Liao, Peng Zhan, Xiao Hua Wang and Zhiqiang Liu, 2021. Recent cooling in the…
Potential PhD topics:
1. What ocean do Lagrangian observing platforms (e.g., Argo and drifting buoys) observe ?
In the mid- and high-latitudes the ocean circulation is composed largely of eddies and fronts. In isolation an ocean eddy is relatively stable being in quasi-geostrophic balance and retaining a closed material surface around its core water mass. It is only through the disruption or destruction of this balance through eddy- interactions that an exchange in mass with its environment takes place.…
Visitors and Visiting Fellows for 2019 and 2020:
Dr Chunhui Li, College of Marine Science, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, P.R. China , 18 May 2020 to 17 May 2021
Dr Chunhui Li's research direction is on marine numerical simulation, including near-shore hydrodynamic numerical simulation and sediment transport numerical simulation. He has been engaged in the study and research of physical oceanography since he was an undergraduate. He has published 20 relevant academic papers.…