Researcher biography

Professor Tom Baldock, B.Eng, Ph.D (Lond), DIC, MIEAust.

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Professor Baldock's research is primarily in the field of Coastal and Ocean Engineering, but also encompasses renewable energy and higher education. He has published over 120 journal papers and over 80 conference papers, notably in top-rated journals for his discipline (Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Society), and is the most published author in the journal Coastal Engineering over the past decade. He is presently principal supervisor for 6 Ph.D. students, with 18 PhD students graduated since 2007, three of whom were awarded Dean's awards, and nine have secured T&R or research positions nationally and internationally, one a full Professor. His Ph.D. students have published over 60 journal papers since 2004. They have worked on field and laboratory experiments in the UK, Europe, the USA, in association with international researchers and government agencies. Prof Baldock received a UQ Award for "Excellence in HDR Supervision" in 2017. He is currently working on a major project within the National Reef Restoration and Adaption Program ( focused on the Great Barier Reef.

He has strong national and international collaboration on research on topical issues in coastal engineering and close links with Government and National agencies, which includes consultancy and expert witness services in Marine Engineering. Recent and current relevant research projects include a multi-partner CSIRO Cluster project under the Wealth from Oceans Flagship, investigating tsunami impact on ultra-long submarine pipelines running from the deep ocean up to continental slope and then onshore, ARC Discovery, ARC Linkage and ARC LIEF projects investigating storm surge and wave run-up along the East Australian coast, and four European Union HYDRALAB IV transnational access projects to study beach erosion and recovery processes in large wave flume facilities. He is also working with Geoscience Australia on the Bushfire and Natural Hazards projects, Resilience of Coasts to Clustered storm events and with the Global Change Institute (UQ) on the World Bank project "Capturing Coral Reef Ecosystems Services".

He is a member of the Editorial Board for Coastal Engineering and a member of the Engineers Australia National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering.

He was Chair of the Organising Committee for Coasts and Ports 2017, held in Cairns, June 2017

His primary research interests are in : Swash zone hydrodynamics, Beach face sediment transport, Coral reef hydrodynamics and associated shoreline behaviour, Long wave generation and surf beat, Extreme non-linear waves (freak waves), Storm surge and tsunami hazards.

His current research projects are in the fields of:

  1. Swash Zone hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport
  2. Wave overtopping, including tsunami overtopping
  3. Coral reef hydrodynamics
  4. Impact of sea level rise on coastlines on open and reef-fronted coasts
  5. Surf zone processes and beach erosion
  6. Infrastructure for offshore aquaculture
  7. Wave energy conversion

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Top publications

Baldock, T.E., Swan, C. and Taylor, P.H., 1996. A laboratory study of non-linear surface waves on water. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London, Series A. 354, 1-28. [ERA – A]

Baldock, T. E and Huntley, D. A., 2002. Long wave forcing by the breaking of random gravity waves on a beach. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, Series A. 458, 2177-2201. [ERA – A*]

Baldock, T.E., 2006. Long wave generation by the shoaling and breaking of transient wave groups on a beach, Proceedings of the Royal Society, London., Series A. 462, 1853–1876. [ERA – A*]

Baldock, T. E., O' Hare, T. J., and Huntley, D. A.., 2004. Long wave forcing on a barred beach. J. Fluid Mechanics, 503, 321-341. [ERA – A*]

Pritchard, D., Guard, P.A. and Baldock, T.E., 2008. An analytical model for bore-driven run-up. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 610: 183-193. [ERA – A*]

Baldock, T.E., Peiris, D. and Hogg, A.J., 2012. Overtopping of solitary waves and solitary bores on a plane beach. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, Series A., doi: 10.1098/rspa.2011.0729. [ERA –A*]

Saunders, M.I. et al., 2014. Interdependency of tropical marine ecosystems in response to climate change. Nature Clim. Change, 4(8): 724-729. [ERA – A*]

Latest publications:

  1. Ibrahim, M.S. and Baldock, T.E., 2020. Swash overtopping on plane beaches–Reconciling empirical and theoretical scaling laws using the volume flux. Coastal Engineering, 157, p.103668.
  2. Eichentopf, S., Van der Zanden, J., Cáceres, I., Baldock, T.E. and Alsina, J.M., 2020. Influence of storm sequencing on breaker bar and shoreline evolution in large-scale experiments. Coastal engineering, 157, p.103659.
  3. Pujara, N., Miller, D., Park, Y.S., Baldock, T.E. and Liu, P.L.F., 2020. The influence of wave acceleration and volume on the swash flow driven by breaking waves of elevation. Coastal Engineering, p.103697.
  4. Baldock, T.E., Shabani, B., Callaghan, D.P., Hu, Z. and Mumby, P.J., 2020. Two-dimensional modelling of wave dynamics and wave forces on fringing coral reefs. Coastal Engineering, 155, p.103594.
  5. Howe, D., Blenkinsopp, C.E., Turner, I.L., Baldock, T.E. and Puleo, J.A., 2019. Direct measurements of bed shear stress under swash flows on steep laboratory slopes at medium to prototype scales. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 7(10), p.358.
  6. Torres-Freyermuth, A., Pintado-Patiño, J.C., Pedrozo-Acuna, A., Puleo, J.A. and Baldock, T.E., 2019. Runup uncertainty on planar beaches. Ocean Dynamics, 69(11-12), pp.1359-1371.
  7. Baldock, T.E., Shabani, B. and Callaghan, D.P., 2019. Open access Bayesian Belief Networks for estimating the hydrodynamics and shoreline response behind fringing reefs subject to climate changes and reef degradation. Environmental Modelling & Software, 119, pp.327-340.
  8. Othman, I.K., Jiang, Z. and Baldock, T.E., 2019. Influence of Grain Size on Sediment Transport during Initial Stages of Horizontal Dam Break–Type Flows. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 145(3), p.04019009.
  9. Moura, T. and Baldock, T.E., 2019. The Influence of Free Long Wave Generation on the Shoaling of Forced Infragravity Waves. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 7(9), p.305.
  10. Power, H.E., Gharabaghi, B., Bonakdari, H., Robertson, B., Atkinson, A.L. and Baldock, T.E., 2019. Prediction of wave runup on beaches using Gene-Expression Programming and empirical relationships. Coastal Engineering, 144, pp.47-61

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