Professor Peter Nielsen

Professor

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
p.nielsen@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53510

Overview

Research Interests

  • Fluid mechanics broadly
  • Water waves
  • Coastal flooding
  • Beach erosion
  • Coastal groundwater issues

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Engineering, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, T.U.Denmark
  • Master of Engineering, T.U.Denmark

Publications

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Available Projects

  • It is well known that the simple gradient diffusion model fails in relation to many geophysical and industrial mixing processes where the important eddies are not infinitesimally small compared to the scales considered. Finite mixing length models are therefore an active area of research, e g Nielsen & Teakle (2004).

    The present project will be mainly experimental, studying concentration profiles of light (rising) versus heavy (sinking) particles with numerically similar rise/sinking velocities in the same flow.

  • Much of the sand which migrates along the beaches travels in suspension.

    The mechanisms which govern such sediment suspensions are therefore of interest.

    For some combinations of wave and sand parameters stratification plays an important role. That is, for these parameter combinations, the density of the water-sand-mixture near the bed is sufficiently increased to dampen the turbulence significantly.

    The thesis work involves litterature review and laboratory experiments.

  • Waves and tides in the ocean generate waves in the watertable near the coast which are of importance for water resource management in coastal areas.

    These groundwater waves are however not well understood.

    The thesis task involves measurements in a laboratory aquifer, data analysi and comparison with theories and datasets from the literature.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • You, Zai-Jin and Nielsen, Peter (2013). Extreme coastal waves, ocean surges and wave runup. In Charles W. Finkl (Ed.), Coastal hazards (pp. 677-733) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5234-4_22

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Olfateh, Mohammad, Callaghan, David P., Baldock, Tom E. and Nielsen, Peter (2015). Tropical Cyclones asymmetry, parametric presentation and discussion. In: Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference 2015: 22nd Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 15th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference. Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference 2015, Auckland, New Zealand, (642-646). 15-18 September 2015.

  • Vu, Thuy Thi Thu, Nielsen, Peter and Callaghan, David P. (2014). Monitoring inlet morphodynamics via tidal response, seen through a novel 24.5hour moving window. In: Patrick Lynett, Proceedings of the 34th International Conference: Coastal Engineering 2014. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Seoul, Korea, (). 15-20 June 2014. doi:10.9753/icce.v34.posters.10

  • Vu, Thuy T. T., Nielsen, Peter and Callaghan, David P. (2014). Morphology of coastal lagoon entrances: waves versus tides. In: Patrick Lynett, Proceedings of the 34th International Conference: Coastal Engineering 2014. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Seoul, Korea, (1-9). 15-20 June 2014. doi:10.9753/icce.v34.sediment.89

  • Shabani, Behnam, Nielsen, Peter and Baldock, Thomas (2014). Observations of nearshore and surf zone wind stress. In: Patrick Lynett, Proceedings of 34th Conference on Coastal Engineering. 34th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Seoul, South Korea, (waves.50.1-waves.50.10). 15-20 June 2014. doi:10.9753/icce.v34.waves.50

  • Callaghan, David P., Vu, Thuy T. T., Hanslow, David, J., Nielsen, Peter, You, Zai-Jin and Teakle, Ian (2014). Ocean driven flooding of a coastal lake. In: Patrick Lynett, Proceedings of the 34th International Conference: Coastal Engineering 2014. International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Seoul, Korea, (1-9). 15-20 June 2014. doi:10.9753/icce.v34.currents.47

  • Sugandika, Thenuwara A. N., Callaghan, David P. and Nielsen, Peter (2013). Atoll lagoon flushing at Manihiki in the Cook Islands. In: Ian L. Turner and Edward D. Couriel, Coasts & Ports 2013 Conference: 21st Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 14th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference. Proceedings. Coasts and Ports 2013: 21st Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 14th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, Manly, NSW, Australia, (1-6). 11-13 September, 2013.

  • E Watterson, E., You, B., Baldock, T., Callaghan, D. and Nielsen, P. (2013). Flooding tailwater levels for NSW coastal entrances. In: 22nd NSW Coastal Conference, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia, (1-12). 12-15 November, 2013.

  • Moura, Theo, Olfateh, Mohammad, Callaghan, David, Nielsen, Peter, You, Bob and Baldock, Tom (2013). Tidal amplitude and wave setup in trained and untrained river entrances. In: Ian L. Turner and Edward D. Couriel, Coasts & Ports 2013 Conference: 21st Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 14th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference. Proceedings. Coasts and Ports 2013: 21st Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 14th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, Manly, NSW, Australia, (). 11-13 September, 2013.

  • You, Zai-Jin, Nielsen, Peter, Hanslow, David and Pritchard, Tim (2012). Elevated water levels at trained river entrances on the east coast of Australia. In: Patrick Lynett and Jane McKee Smith, Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2012, ICCE 2012. 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2012, ICCE 2012, Santander, Cantabria, Spain, (). 1-6 July 2012. doi:10.9753/icce.v33.currents.48

  • Vu, Thuy T. T., Nielsen, Peter, Callaghan, David P. and Nghiem, Lam T. (2012). Inferring inlet morphodynamics and hydraulic parameters from tidal records of Avoca Lake, NSW, Australia. In: ICEC 2012: Proceedings of The Fourth International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts. Fourth International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts, Hanoi, Vietnam, (74-80). 8-12 October 2012.

  • Vu, Thuy T.T., Nielsen, Peter, Nghiem, Lam T. and Kumar S, Jaya (2012). Sand barrier dynamics by waves and currents. In: Proceedings of the Eight International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries. 8th International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries, Chennai, India, (558-569). 20-24 February 2012.

  • Vu, Thuy T.T, Nielsen, P., Callaghan, D. P. and Hanslow, D. J. (2011). Application of the wave pump concept to simulate tidal anomalies in Lake Conjola, NSW. In: Joseph Hun-Wei Lee and Chiu-On Ng, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Asian and Pacific Coasts (APAC 2011). Sixth International Conference on Asian and Pacific Coasts (APAC 2011), Hong Kong, China, (812-819). 14-16 December 2011. doi:10.1142/9789814366489_0096

  • Jafari, Alireza, Cartwright, Nick and Nielsen, Peter (2011). Comparison of two severe storms in terms of wave characteristics based on recorded field data. In: Orville T. Magoon, Ronald M. Noble, Donald D. Treadwell and Young C. Kim, Coastal Engineering Practice: Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice. 2011 Conference on Coastal Engineering Practice, San Diego, CA United States, (384-395). 21-24 August 2011. doi:10.1061/41190(422)32

  • Nielsen, Peter (2011). Downward transfer of momentum by growing waves. In: Coasts and Ports 2011 Conference papers. 20th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 13th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, Perth, Australia, (155-160). 28-30 September 2011.

  • Shabani, Behnam, Nielsen, Peter and Baldock, Thomas E. (2011). Field observations of wind stress over surf zone. In: Proceedings of the 21st (2011) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2011. 21st International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2011, Maui, HI United States, (991-998). 19 - 24 June 2011.

  • Komai, K., Nakashita, S., Hibino. T. and Nielsen, P. (2011). Mechanism of water exchange a the sediment-water interface in a tidal estuary. In: Eric M. Valentine, Proceedings of the 34th IAHR World Congress. 34th IAHR World Congress, 33rd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and 10th Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1085-1092). 26 June-1 July 2011.

  • Callaghan David P., Stewart, Jared, Nielsen, Peter and Baldock, Tom E. (2011). Storm surge estimates using wind stress coefficients determined from wind-wave growth observations. In: Coasts and Ports 2011 Conference papers. 20th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 13th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, Perth, Australia, (173-178). 28-30 September 2011.

  • Jafari, Alireza, Cartwright, Nick, Nielsen, Peter and Callaghan, David (2011). Stormy wave analysis based on field observation on south-east coasts of Queensland. In: Eric M. Valentine, Proceedings of the 34th IAHR World Congress. 34th IAHR World Congress, 33rd Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and 10th Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (919-926). 26 June-1 July 2011.

  • Jafari, A., Cartwright, N. and Nielsen, P. (2011). Stormy wave analysis based on recorded field data on south-east coasts of Queensland, Australia. In: Special Issue 64: Proceedings of the 11th International Coastal Symposium. 11th International Coastal Symposium (ICS), Szczecin, Poland, (527-533). 9-14 May 2011.

  • Shabani, Behnam, Nielsen, Peter and Baldock, Tom (2011). Wave setup: a non-linear approach. In: Jin S. Chung, Frederic Dias and Hiroyasu Kawai, Proceedings of the Twenty-first (2011) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference. Third (2011) ISOPE Sloshing Dynamics and Design Symposium. ISOPE-2011: 21st International Offshore (Ocean) and Polar Engineering Conference & Exhibition, Maui, HI, USA, (853-860). 19-24 June 2011.

  • Abreu, Tiago, Michallet, H., Silva, P. A., Sancho, F. and Nielsen, P. (2010). Velocity defect law in the wave bottom boundary layer. In: Jane McKee Smith and Patrick Lynett, Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2010. 32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2010, Shanghai, (). 30 June-5 July 2010. doi:10.9753/icce.v32.posters.30

  • Nielsen, Peter and Guard, Paul A. (2010). Vertical scales and shear stresses in wave boundary layers over movable beds. In: Jane McKee Smith and Patrick Lynett, Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2010. 32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2010, Shanghai, (). 30 June-5 July 2010. doi:10.9753/icce.v32.sediment.1

  • Nielsen, Peter (2009). Analytical description of transient long waves like storm surges, surf beat and tsunami. In: Masaru Mizuguchi and Shinji Sato, Proceedings of Coastal Dynamics 2009. 6th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics, Tokyo JAPAN, (1-7). SEP 07-11, 2009.

  • Guard, Paul Andrew, Baldock, Tom E. and Nielsen, Peter (2009). Bed shear stress in unsteady flow. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Coastal. Coasts and Ports 2009, Wellington, New Zealand, (1-8). 16 - 18 September 2009. doi:10.9753/icce.v32.sediment.8

  • Nielsen, Peter (2009). Mean and variance of the velocity of solid particles in turbulence. In: Bernard J. Geurts, Herman Clercx and Wim Uijttewaal, Particle-Laden Flow: From Geophysical to Kolmogorov Scales. EUROMECH Colloquium on Particle-Laden Flow, Enschede, Netherlands, (385-391). 21-23 June 2006. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-6218-6

  • Callaghan D., Ranasinghe R., Nielsen P., Larson M. and Short A. (2009). Process-determined coastal erosion hazards. In: Coastal Engineering 2008 : Proceedings of the 31st International Conference. 31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ICCE 2008, Hamburg, (4227-4236). 31 August-5 September 2008.

  • Guard, Peter A. and Nielsen, Peter (2009). Unsteady flow effects on bed shear stress and sheet flow sediment transport. In: Jane McKee Smith, Proceedings of the 31st International Conference. 31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Hamburg, Germany, (1521-1532). 31 August - 5 September 2008. doi:10.1142/9789814277426_0126

  • Guard, P., Teakle, I., Nielsen, P. and Baldock, T. E. (2007). Modelling sheet flow sediment transport using convolution integrals. In: Journal of Coastal Research : Proceedings of Coastal Sediments 2007. Sixth International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Process, New Orleans, Louisiana, (286-299). 13-17 May, 2007. doi:10.1061/40926(239)22

  • Teakle, I., Guard, P., Baldock, T. and Nielsen, P. (2007). Sheetflow sediment transport modeling including boundary layer streaming. In: Jane McKee Smith, Coastal Engineering 2006: Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering. 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, San Diego, California, (2258-2270). 3-8 September 2006. doi:10.1142/9789812709554_0190

  • Callaghan, D. P., Callaghan, J., Nielsen, P. and Baldock, T. E. (2006). Generation of extreme wave conditions from an accelerating tropical cyclone. In: Jane McKee Smith, Costal Engineering 2006: Proceedings of the 30th International Conference. 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, San Diego, U.S., (752-760). 3–8 September, 2006. doi:10.1142/9789812709554_0064

  • Guard, Paul, Teakle, Ian, Nielsen, Peter and Baldock, Tom (2006). Sheet flow sediment transport modelling using convolution integrals. In: Jane McKee Smith, Coastal Engineering 2006. 30th International Conference of Coastal Engineering, San Diego, CA, United States, (2246-2257). 3 - 8 Septmeber 2006. doi:10.1142/9789812709554_0189

  • Guard, P. A., Baldock, T. and Nielsen, P. (2005). General solutions for the initial run-up of a breaking tsunami front. In: International Symposium Disaster Reduction on Coasts. International Symposium Disaster Reduction on Coasts, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (1-8). 14-16 November 2005.

  • Robinson, C., Baldock, T. E., Horn, D. P., Gibbes, B., Hughes, M. G., Nielsen, P. and Li, L. (2005). Measurement of groundwater and swash interactions on a sandy beach. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics. 5th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics, Barcelona, Spain, (). 4-8 April, 2005.

  • Guard, P. A., Baldock, T.E. and Nielsen, P. (2005). Method of characteristics solutions for swash zone hydrodynamics. In: International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering 2005. International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering 2005, Japan, (1-10). 26-27 October 2005.

  • Callaghan D., Nielsen P. and Baldock T. (2005). Practical aspects of coastal morphodynamic model calibration. In: 17th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference 2005 and the 10th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference 2005, COASTS and PORTS 2005. 17th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference 2005, COASTS 2005 and the 10th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference 2005, PORTS 2005, Adelaide, SA, (505-510). September 20, 2005-September 23, 2005.

  • Nielsen, Peter and Teakle, Ian A.L. (2004). Differential diffusion: Often a finite-mising length effect. In: M. Behnia, W. Lin and G. d McBain, 15th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 15th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (1-4). 13-17 December 2004.

  • Ang, L.S., Sum, C.H-Y., Baldock, T.E., Li, L. and Nielsen, P. (2004). Measurement and modelling of controlled beach groundwater levels under wave action. In: M Behnia, W Lin and G d McBain, 15th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 15th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (15 AFMC), University of Sydney, (1-4). 13-17 December 2004.

  • Teakle, Ian A. L. and Nielsen, Peter (2004). Modelling suspended sediment profiles under waves: A finite mixing length theory. In: Jane McKee Smith, Coastal Engineering 2004: Proceedings of the 29th International Conference. 29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, (1780-1792). 19-24 September 2004. doi:10.1142/9789812701916_0142

  • Callaghan, D., Baldock, T. E., Nielsen, P., Hanes, D., Haas, K. and MacMahan, J. (2004). Pulsing and circulation in rip current system. In: Jane McKee Smith, Coastal Engineering 2004: Proceedings of the 29th International Conference. 26th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, (1493-1505). 19 - 24 September, 2004.

  • Teakle, I. A. and Nielsen, P. (2004). Shedding some light on b-factors. In: M Behnia, W Lin and G d McBain, 15th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 15th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, University of Sydney, (1-7). 13-17 December 2004.

  • Cartwright, Nick, Nielsen, Peter and Li, Ling (2004). The influence of offshore storm waves on groundwater dynamics and salinity in a sandy beach. In: Jane McKee Smith, Coastal Engineering 2004: Proceedings of the 29th International Conference. 29th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, (1841-1850). 19 - 24 September 2004. doi:10.1142/9789812701916_0147

  • Cartwright, N. B., Nielsen, P. and Li, L. (2004). Watertable Wave Dispersion in Sandy Coastal Aquifers. In: M. S. Altinakar, S. S. Y. Wang, K. P. Holz and M. Kawahara, Advances in Hydro-Science and-Engineering. Advances in Hydro-Science and-Engineering, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1-10). 31 May - June 3 2004.

  • Nielsen, Peter and Teakle, Ian A. L. (2003). A finite mixing length theory for turbulent diffusion. In: Sanchez-Arcilla, Agustin and Bateman, Allen, Proceedings RCEM 2003. 3rd IAHR Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, Barcelona, Spain, (17-31). 1-5 september 2003.

  • Cartwright, N. B. and Nielsen, P. (2003). Groundwater dynamics and salinity in sandy ocean beaches. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering ICCEE-2003. Proceedings of International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering ICCEE-2003, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan, (107-115). 23-24 October 2003.

  • Callaghan, D., Nielsen, P., Sysserman, J. and Broeker, I. (2003). Morphological model for a fixed bypass system. In: Proceedings of the 28th International Conference Coastal Engineering. 28th International Conference Coastal Engineering, Cardiff, U.K., (3845-3857). 2002.

  • Callaghan, D. P. and Nielsen, P. (2003). Morphological modeling of the tweed river tidal entrance. In: 16th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference. Coasts and Ports Australasian Conference 2003, Auckland, New Zealand, (1-8). 9-12 September 2003.

  • Cartwright, Nick, Nielsen, Peter and Jessen, Oluf Zeilund (2003). Swash zone and nearshore watertable dynamics. In: McKee Smith, Jane, Coastal Engineering 2002. 28th International Conference of Coastal Engineering, Cardiff, Wales, (1006-1015). 7 - 12 July 2002.

  • Teakle, I. A. and Nielsen, P. (2003). Two-phase modelling of vertical sediment fluxes in oscillatory sheetflow. In: East Meets West Productions, Coastal Sediments '03 "Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries". Coastal Sediments '03, Florida, United States, (1-14). 18-23 May 2003.

  • Cartwright, N. B., Nielsen, P., Li, L. and Callaghan, D. P. (2003). Watertable Waves in Unconfined Aquifers: Sloping Boundary Effects. In: 16th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference. Coasts and Ports Australasian Conference 2003, Auckland, New Zealand, (1-9). 9-12 September 2003.

  • Haas, K. A., Svendsen, I. A., Brander, R. W. and Nielsen, P. (2002). Modelling of a Rip Current System on Moreton Island. In: Jane McKee Smith, Coastal Engineering 2002: Solving Coastal Conundrums: Proceedings of the 28th International Conference. 28th International Conference of Coastal Engineering, Cardiff, Wales, (784-796). 7 - 12 July 2002.

  • Cartwright, N. B. and Nielsen, P. (2001). Groundwater dynamics and salinity in beaches. In: The 15th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference. Coasts and Ports 2001, Gold Coast, Queensland Australia, (441-446). 25-28 September 2001.

  • Nielsen, P. and Turner, I. (2001). Groundwater waves and water exchange in beaches. In: 27th International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2000. 27th International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2000, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (2356-2363). 16-21 July 2001.

  • Cartwright, N. B. and Nielsen, P. (2001). Monitoring, modelling and management. In: Jacob Bear, First International Conference on Saltwater Intrusion and Coastal Aquifers - Monitoring, Modeling and Management. Conference on Saltwater Instrusion and Coastal Aquifers, Essaouira, Morocco, (). 23-25 April 2001.

  • Nielsen, P., Brander, R. W. and Hughes, M. G. (2001). Rip currents: Observations of hydrualic gradients, friction factors and wave pump efficiency. In: Hans Hanson and Magnus Larson, Proceedings of the fourth conferecne on coastal dynamics. Coastal Dynamics '01, Lund, Sweden, (483-492). June 11-15, 2001.

  • Dunn, S., Nielsen, P., Madsen, P. A. and Evans, P. (2001). Wave setup in river entrances. In: B.L. Edge, 27th International Conference on Coastal Engineering. 27th International Conference of Coastal Engineering, Sydney, Australia, (3432-3445). July 16-21.

  • Nielsen, P., Hughes, M. G. and Brander, R. W. (1999). A wave pump model for rip currents. In: Giovanni Sewinare, River, Coastal and Estuaries Morphodynamics. IAHR symposim on River, Coastal & Estuarine Morphodynamics, Genova, (415-423). 6-10 September 1999.

  • Nielsen, P. (1999). Simple equipment for coastal engineering research and teaching. In: Greg Mocke and CSIR, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Coastal & Port Engineering in Developing Countries. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Coastal & Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC ’99), Cape Town, South Africa, (1029-1037). 19-23 April 1999.

  • Nielsen, P., Santoso, E., Baurage, D. and Steinberg, C. (1999). Tidal anomalies in the east coast of oz Coasts & Ports '99. In: Mick Rogers, The 14th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and 7th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference. 14 Australasian Coastal & Ocean Engineering Conference, Perth, (590-595). 14-16 April 1999.

  • Santoso, E., Nielsen, P., Hanslow, D. and Hibbert, K. (1999). Wave set up and other tidal anomalies in coastal rivers. In: Billy L. Edge, Coastal Engineering 1998 Proceedings of 26th International Conference on Coastal Engineering. 26th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Copenhagen, Denmark, (720-731). 22-26 June 1998.

  • Dunn, S., Nielsen, P. and Madsen, P. A. (1999). Wave set up in jettied river entrances. In: Mick Rodgers, Coasts & Ports '99. 14th Australasian coastal & ocean eng. conf., Perth WA, (193-198). 14th - 16th April, 1999.

  • Nielsen Peter and You Zai-Jin (1997). Eulerian mean velocities under non-breaking waves on horizontal bottoms. In: Proceedings of the 1996 25th International Conference on Coastal Engineering. Part 1 (of 4), Orlando, FL, USA, (4066-4077). September 2, 1996-September 6, 1996.

  • Nielsen, P and Kang, HY (1996). Groundwater dynamics in beaches and coastal barriers. In: Coastal Dynamics '95. International Conference on Coastal Research in Terms of Large Scale Experiments, Gdansk Poland, (521-532). Sep 04-08, 1995.

  • Nielsen Peter (1995). Suspended sediment particle motion in coastal flows. In: Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Coastal Engineering. Part 1 (of 3), Kobe, Jpn, (2406-2416). October 23, 1994-October 28, 1994.

  • Kang Hong-Yoon, Nielsen Peter and Hanslow David J. (1995). Watertable overheight due to wave runup on a sandy beach. In: Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Coastal Engineering. Part 1 (of 3), Kobe, Jpn, (2115-2124). October 23, 1994-October 28, 1994.

  • Kang, HY and Nielsen, P (1994). Wave Runup and the Coastal Water-Table. In: 1994 International Conference On Hydraulics in Civil Engineering - Hydraulics Working with the Environment, Preprints of Papers. 1994 International Conference on Hydraulics in Civil Engineering - Hydraulics Working with the Environment, Brisbane Australia, (283-286). Feb 15-17, 1994.

  • Aseervatham A.M. and Nielsen P. (1994). Wave propagation in unconfined aquifers. In: Hydraulics Working with the Environment. Proceedings of the 1994 International Conference on Hydraulics in Civil Engineering, Brisbane, Aust, (287-290). February 15, 1994-February 17, 1994.

  • Nielsen Peter (1993). Combined convection-diffusion modelling of sediment entrainment. In: Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Venice, Italy, (3202-3215). October 4, 1992-October 9, 1992.

  • Aseervatham A.M., Kang H.Y. and Nielsen P. (1993). Groundwater movement in beach watertables. In: 11th Australasian Conference on Coastal and Ocean Engineering. Part 2 (of 2), Townsville, Queensland, Australia, (589-594). August 23, 1993-August 27, 1993.

  • Nielsen Peter, Hanslow David J. and Apelt Colin J. (1993). New type of nearshore wave gauge. In: 11th Australasian Conference on Coastal and Ocean Engineering. Part 2 (of 2), Townsville, Queensland, Australia, (247-251). August 23, 1993-August 27, 1993.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • It is well known that the simple gradient diffusion model fails in relation to many geophysical and industrial mixing processes where the important eddies are not infinitesimally small compared to the scales considered. Finite mixing length models are therefore an active area of research, e g Nielsen & Teakle (2004).

    The present project will be mainly experimental, studying concentration profiles of light (rising) versus heavy (sinking) particles with numerically similar rise/sinking velocities in the same flow.

  • Much of the sand which migrates along the beaches travels in suspension.

    The mechanisms which govern such sediment suspensions are therefore of interest.

    For some combinations of wave and sand parameters stratification plays an important role. That is, for these parameter combinations, the density of the water-sand-mixture near the bed is sufficiently increased to dampen the turbulence significantly.

    The thesis work involves litterature review and laboratory experiments.

  • Waves and tides in the ocean generate waves in the watertable near the coast which are of importance for water resource management in coastal areas.

    These groundwater waves are however not well understood.

    The thesis task involves measurements in a laboratory aquifer, data analysi and comparison with theories and datasets from the literature.

  • The project will experimentally investigate the conditions under which tornado-like flows form naturally or may be triggered.

    Of special interest are

    1. Fire tornadoes, which act like 'a chimney without walls'
    2. Rotating plumes of nutrient rich water, venting from the seabed, which has the potential to sustain large-scale fish production if prevented from mixing too rapidly with surrounding water so that, it can get up to the light- and oxygen-rich environment above the thermocline.
    3. Oil-spils which, if made to rotate, will maintain enough buoyancy to come to the surface for easy cleanup
  • Beach morphodynamics: accretion, erosion and reshaping of beaches by waves will be studied broadly. The widely used but not easily defined concept of equilibrium profiles (morphoogy) will be investigated. Next the processes of change when the morphology is out of equilibrium will be studied. This includes, for a start, the time-scales of changes under regular versus irregular waves.

  • Coastal inlets are important elements of the environment, which often require management in order to prevent desease due to poor water quality or to prevent flooding. It is therefore very important to understand their natural dynamics in response to forcing by waves, tides and floods. This study will be based on recent progress by Thuy & Nielsen and make use of a large NSW government database as well as new detailed field work.

  • Wave runup generates important coastal hazards, from the riisk of fishermen getting washed off rocks to inundation and destruction of houses and road-infrastructure. While the runup process on (more or less) straight slopes like sandy beaches is fairly well understood, the runup on cliffs is not. Still the most spectacular cases of destructive runup come from cliff locations, e g, more than 50 houses were lost between 20 and 25m above sealevel on the island of Niue during Tropical Cyclone Heta in January 2004. Also, Sato et al, at Coastal Dynamics (2013) reported that the highest inundation levels associated with the 2011 Japanese tsunami, were found on cliff tops. This project incolves field measurements and associated instrument development as well as relevan theory.