Dr Badin Gibbes

Senior Lecturer

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
b.gibbes@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 59151

Overview

Dr Gibbes is an environmental engineer with over 15 years experience in environmental hydrology and water resource engineering. In his current role with the University of Queensland’s School of Civil Engineering he leads the Aquatic Systems Research Group. This group uses innovative monitoring systems and advanced numerical models to better understand the hydrodynamic and biogeochemical factors that influence water quality in water supply reservoirs. A feature of this program has been the close collaboration with a local water management agencies in the development and delivery of scientific information to support management decisions. Dr Gibbes’ other research interests focus on the measurement and modelling of the complex interactions between surface water and groundwater systems. Dr Gibbes also maintains an active involvement in the University of Queensland’s undergraduate and post-graduate teaching programs where he delivers lectures in various subjects including environmental issues and assessment, catchment hydrology, and modelling of surface water and groundwater systems and sustainable built environment. Dr Gibbes currently supervises a number of post-graduate students who are pursuing research in the area of environmental hydrology and water resource management.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources
    Monitoring and modelling of water flows and associated bio-geochemical processes at the catchment scale as they relate to water supply systems. A particular research interest is monitoring and modelling the coupled hydrodynamic and bio-geochemical processes that occur in lakes and water supply reservoirs.
  • Surface Water-Groundwater Interactions
    Measurement and modelling of the exchange of water (and associated dissolved chemicals) between groundwater and surface water systems such as lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans.

Qualifications

  • BEng with Honours (Environmental Engineering), Griffith University
  • Master of Engineering Science (Water Engineering), University of New South Wales
  • PhD in Environmental Engineering, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Please contact me directly (b.gibbes@uq.edu.au) to discuss the latest research opportunities or to propose your own study topic.

    A description of my currently funded PhD positions is included below.

  • This is PhD research project that aims to use a combination of innovative environmental monitoring systems and numerical models to better understand and assess the risk of oligomictic/meromictic conditions in sub-tropical water supply reservoirs. Meromixis refers to a condition in a lake or reservoir systems in which water below a certain depth does not circulate during overturn (de-stratification) owing to its high density (usually the result of a high salt concentration) while oligomixis refers to systems with limited episodes of complete mixing (1–4 times in a decade). Should the long-term stable state of these systems be oligomictic/meromictic it could lead to significantly increased water treatment costs or loss of water supply. Further scientific information is needed to better assess this potentially significant risk to the long term sustainability of these water supply systems. Through this project the PhD student will gain experience in the use of a combined monitoring-modelling approach to understand water resource systems. These skills are currently in high demand both in the research, policy/regulation and engineering consulting communities.

    Applications are sought from first class (IA) and IIA honours engineering and science graduates who are able to commence study from January 2017. Ideally the suitable candidate will have a solid background in fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering. Knowledge of physical limnology and density dependent flow systems will also be an advantage. Please contact me via email (b.gibbes@uq.edu.au) for further information.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Gibbes, Badin, Grinham, A., Bartkow, M and Watkinson, A (2013). Sub-tropical water supply reservoirs: a monitoring-modelling-management response to emerging issues. In: Charles Lemckert, Proceedings 16th International Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters (PPNW2013). PPNW2013: 16th International Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia, (37-39). 7-11 July, 2013.

  • Gibbes, Badin, Olfateh, M., Laursen, R., Grinham, A. and Callaghan, D. (2013). Variability in estimates of wind stress on the water surface of a small coastal lagoon. In: Proceedings 16th International Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters (PPNW2013). PPNW2013: 16th International Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia, (51-53). 7-11 July, 2013.

  • Grinham, Alistair, Gibbes B., Laursen, R. and Rissik, D. (2013). Wind-driven sediment porewater mixing drives nitrogen cycling in a shallow coastal lake. In: Charles Lemckert, Proceedings 16th International Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters (PPNW2013). PPNW2013: 16th International Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia, (47-48). 7-11 July, 2013.

  • Laursen, Rikke K., Gibbes, B., Grinham, A., Lemckert, C. and Bartkow, M. (2013). Wind-driven water movements in an Australian subtropical freshwater reservoir. In: Charles Lemckert, Proceedings 16th International Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters (PPNW2013). PPNW2013: 16th International Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia, (12-14). 7-11 July, 2013.

  • Grinham, A., Gibbes, B., Gale, D., Watkinson, A. and Bartkow, M. (2012). Extreme rainfall and drinking water quality: a regional perspective. In: Water Pollution XI. Transaction: Ecology and the Environment. Water Pollution XI: 11th International Conference on Modelling, Monitoring and Management of Water Pollution, New Forest, United Kingdom, (183-194). 10-12 July 2012. doi:10.2495/WP120161

  • Laursen, R. K., Gibbes, B., Grinham, A., Gale, D., Udy, J. and Lockington, D. (2011). Effects of large water level fluctuations on water quality in subtropical reservoirs. 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, Australia, (3215-3222). 26 June - 1 July 2011.

  • Cartwright, Nick and Gibbes, Badin (2011). Oceanic pulse forcing of a beach groundwater system. In: 20th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference 2011 and the 13th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference 2011, COASTS and PORTS 2011. 20th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference 2011, COASTS 2011 and the 13th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference 2011, PORTS 2011, Perth, WA, (197-202). 28-30 September 2011.

  • Badin Gibbes, Barry, M.E., Collecutt, G.R., Lemckert, C.J., Udy, J. and Lockington, David A. (2009). Preliminary modeling of hydrodynamics of purified recycled water inputs to Lake Wivenhoe.. In: Anderssen, R.S., Braddock, R.D. and Newham, L.T.H., 18th Annual IMACS / MODSIM Congress. International congress on modeling and simulation. Interfacing Modelling and Simulation with Mathematical and Computational Sciences.. 18th World IMACS Congress, Cairns Australia, (4156-4162). 13-17 July 2009.

  • Gibbes, B., Robinson, C., Li, L. and Lockington, D. (2007). Measurement of hydrodynamics and pore water chemistry in intertidal groundwater systems. In: ICS 2007 Proceedings (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia). 9th International Coastal Symposium, Gold Coast , Australia, (884-894). 16-20 April, 2007.

  • 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.

  • Gibbes, B., Li, L. and Lockington, D. (2004). Flow systems within intertidal sandbanks and their implications for iron transport in Moreton Bay. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering. International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering (ICCEE-2004), Faculty Club (Gakushi-Kaikan), Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan, (129-138). 27 - 28 July, 2004.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current 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.

  • Please contact me directly (b.gibbes@uq.edu.au) to discuss the latest research opportunities or to propose your own study topic.

    A description of my currently funded PhD positions is included below.

  • This is PhD research project that aims to use a combination of innovative environmental monitoring systems and numerical models to better understand and assess the risk of oligomictic/meromictic conditions in sub-tropical water supply reservoirs. Meromixis refers to a condition in a lake or reservoir systems in which water below a certain depth does not circulate during overturn (de-stratification) owing to its high density (usually the result of a high salt concentration) while oligomixis refers to systems with limited episodes of complete mixing (1–4 times in a decade). Should the long-term stable state of these systems be oligomictic/meromictic it could lead to significantly increased water treatment costs or loss of water supply. Further scientific information is needed to better assess this potentially significant risk to the long term sustainability of these water supply systems. Through this project the PhD student will gain experience in the use of a combined monitoring-modelling approach to understand water resource systems. These skills are currently in high demand both in the research, policy/regulation and engineering consulting communities.

    Applications are sought from first class (IA) and IIA honours engineering and science graduates who are able to commence study from January 2017. Ideally the suitable candidate will have a solid background in fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering. Knowledge of physical limnology and density dependent flow systems will also be an advantage. Please contact me via email (b.gibbes@uq.edu.au) for further information.