Dr David Callaghan

Senior Lecturer

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
dave.callaghan@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53517

Overview

Before joining the University of Queensland, Dave P. Callaghan held positions within industry including Parsons Brinckerhoff and Lawson and Treloar and research sector including Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie and the University of Queensland. He is an observer of the Queensland Water Panel and active in the newly created Australian Hydraulic Modelling Association. He is the author of a book section and more than 50 other technical documents with applied and research applications. He is a consultant to private and government organisations. He has worked recently with private and government organisations to improve understanding of extreme coastal weather responses. He is recognised for leading edge research in coastal engineering including statistics of extremes, beach erosion from extreme events, physical and biological interactions of salt marshes and coral reefs, lagoon dynamics and wave propagation.

Research Interests

  • Coastal Engineering
    All aspects of Coastal engineering including wave growth, propagation and dissipation, sediment transport and coastal morphology, surge dynamics, extreme probabilities for coastal variables including beach erosion and oceanic inundation, surf and swash zone hydrodynamics, river entrance hydraulics and morphodynamics and coastal groundwater dynamics.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Queensland University of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Coastal and fluid mechanics.

  • When designing civil infrastructure, terrestrial inundation probability is typically a significant and costly design driver. There are several different ways for determining flooding probabilities of which the current practice of applying the structural function (rainfall run-off and hydraulic models) after probabilities are assigned is one such approach. Another approach is applying the structural function before probabilities are assign and a third approach would be full simulation of underlying joint probabilities and structural function. This Thesis/Project will extend existing work on structural function and probability frameworks to several catchments and compare predictions between methods. Depending on the number of students involved and duration (Thesis cf Project), several real catchments with detention basins will be modelled, a water balance model will be extended and integrated into an existing runoff model, testing of different types of post-processing for water level and flow as well as a Monte Carlo simulations with a joint probability between rainfall depth and duration.

    Skills obtained by student(s) completing this project/thesis include critical usage of numerical models (essential for future consultants), model output processing and presentation and an understanding of applying physical models in probabilistic frameworks. This project/thesis is an excellent introduction to consultancy work while including educational based supervision.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Meyer, Jan H. F., Knight, David B, Baldock, Thomas E., Callaghan, David P., McCredden, Julie and O'Moore, Liza (2016). What to do with a threshold concept: a case study. In Ray Land, Jan H. F. Meyer and Michael T. Flanagan (Ed.), Threshold concepts in practice (pp. 195-209) The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

  • Woodroffe, Colin, Callaghan, Dave, Cowell, Peter, Wainwright, David, Rogers, Kerrylee and Ranasinghe, Roshanka (2014). A framework for modelling the risks of climate-change impacts on Australian coasts. In Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation (pp. 181-189) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley and Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118845028.ch20

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

  • 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

  • Javier, L., Woodroffe, C., Phinn, S. R., Hamylton, S., Callagan, D. P., Baldock, T. E. and Saunders, M. I. (2013). A sediment budget for Lizard Island, northern Great Barrier Reef. In: 8th International Conference (AIG) on Geomorphology: Abstracts Volume. The 8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology: Geomorphology and Sustainability, Paris, France, (840-840). 27-31 August 2013.

  • 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.

  • Saunders, Megan I., Baldock, Tom, Brown, Christopher J., Callaghan, David P., Golshani, Aliastair, Hamylton, Sarah, Leon, Javier, Lovelock, Catherine E., Lyons, Mitchell B., O'Brien, Katherine R., Mumby, Peter J., Phinn, Stuart R. and Roelfsema, Christiaan M. (2013). Direct and indirect impacts of predicted sea level rise on seagrass. In: Program and Abstract Handbook: AMSA2013 Golden Jubilee Conference. AMSA 2013: Australian Marine Science Golden Jubilee Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, (198-198). 7-11 July 2013.

  • Ranasinghe, Roshanka, Callaghan, David and Roelvink, Dano (2013). Does a more sophisticated storm erosion model improve probabilistic erosion estimates?. In: Proceedings of Coastal Dynamics 2013. 7th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics, Arcachon, France, (1277-1286). 24-28 June 2013.

  • Knight, David B., Meyer, Jan H. F., Baldock, Tom E., Callaghan, David P. and McCredden, Julie (2013). Embedding metacognitive exercises in the curriculum to boost students' conceptual understanding. In: Charles Lemckert, Graham Jenkins and Susan Lang-Lemckert, Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: AAEE2013 Proceedings. AAEE 2013: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (1-8). 8-11 December, 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.

  • Wainwright, David J., Callaghan, David P., Cowell, Peter, Dougherty, Amy and Woodroffe, Colin D. (2013). Probabilistic coastal hazard lines for risk based coastal assessment. 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.

  • Li, F., Van Gelder, P.H.A.J.M., Callaghan, D.P., Jongejan, R.B., Den Heijer, C. and Ranasinghe, R. (2013). Probabilistic modeling of wave climate and predicting dune erosion. In: Proceedings 12th International Coastal Symposium. 12th International Coastal Symposium, Plymouth, England, (760-765). 8-12 April 2013. doi:10.2112/SI65-129

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Golshani, Aliasghar, Baldock, Tom E., Mumby, Peter J., Callaghan, David, Nielsen, Peter and Phinn, Stuart (2012). Climate impacts on hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics at reef islands. In: D. Yellowlees and T. P. Hughes, Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, (). 9-3 July 2012.

  • Wainwright, D., Baldock, T. and Callaghan, D. (2012). Coastal Lagoon Entrance Management - What can models tell us?. In: 21st NSW Coastal Conference: Papers. 21st NSW Coastal Conference, Kiama, NSW, Australia, (1-20). 6-9 November 2012.

  • Wainwright, David, Callaghan, David, Cowell, Peter and Woodroffe, Colin (2012). Coastal adaptation framework from geological to engineering time scales. In: Living on the Edge. Coast to Coast 2012, Brisbane, Australia, (). 17-21 September 2012.

  • Wainwright, David, Callaghan, David, Jongejan, Ruben, Ranasinghe, Roshanka and Cowell, Peter (2012). How to weigh coastal hazard against economic consequence. In: 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.posters.31

  • 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.

  • Othman, Ilya Khairanis, Baldock, Tom E. and Callaghan, David P. (2012). Measurement and modeling of the influence of grain size and pressure gradients on swash zone sediment transport. In: Patrick Lynett and Jane McKee Smith, Proceedings of the 33rd Conference on Coastal Engineering. International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE2012), Santander, Spain, (1-15). 1-6 July 2012. doi:10.9753/icce.v33.sediment.58

  • Meyer, Jan, Knight, David, Baldock, Tom, Kizil, Mehmet, O'Moore, Liza and Callaghan, David (2012). Scoping metalearning opportunity in the first three years of engineering. In: Llewellyn Mann and Scott Daniel, AAEE 2012 Conference Proceedings. 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2012), Melbourne, Australia, (763-771). 3 - 5 December 2012.

  • Ranasinghe, R., Jongejan, R. B., Callaghan, D. P. and Vrijling, H. (2012). Sea-level rise impacts on seagrass in coral reef ecosystems: effects of wave-driven hydrodynamics. In: 50th Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) Conference, Venice, Italy, (). 3-7 June 2012.

  • Wainwright, D. J., Baldock, T. E. and Callaghan, D. P. (2012). Statistical modelling of coastal lagoon barrier height to inform coastal design and planning. In: Coast to Coast 2012, Brisbane, Australia, (). 17-21 September 2012.

  • Aliasghar, G., Baldock, T. E., Mumby, P. and Callaghan, D. P. (2012). Study of climate change impact on reef island shores using the swan model. In: Coast to Coast 2012, Brisbane, Australia, (). 17-21 September 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

  • 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.

  • Stewart, Jared, Callaghan, David and Shabani, Behnam (2010). Gold Coast Seaway: ocean surface, wave setup and TC Roger. In: Keith A. Day, Proceedings of the 2010 Australian Wind Waves Research Science Symposium. The Australian Wind-Waves Research Science Symposium 2010, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (31-34). 19-20 May, 2010.

  • Ranasinghe, Roshanka, David Callaghan and Stive, Marcel J. F. (2009). A process based approach to derive probabilistic estimates of coastal recession due to sea level rise. In: Masaru Mizuguchi and Shinji Sato, Proceedings of Coastal Dynamics 2009: Impacts of Human Activities on Dynamic Coastal Processes. 6th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics, Tokyo, Japan, (1-9). 7-11 September 2009.

  • Ranasinghe, R., Callaghan, D. and Stive, M. J. F. (2009). Probabilistic modelling of coastal recession due to sea level rise. In: 19th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference 2009 and the 12th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference 2009, COASTS and PORTS 2009. 19th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference 2009, COASTS 2009 and the 12th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference 2009, PORTS 2009, Wellington, (731-737). 16-18 September 2009.

  • 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.

  • Callaghan D.P., Larson M. and Ranasinghe R. (2007). A process-based profile evolution model to simulate dune erosion. In: 18th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference 2007 and the 11th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference 2007, COASTS and PORTS 2007. 18th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference 2007, COASTS 2007 and the 11th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference 2007, PORTS 2007, Melbourne, VIC, (830-835). July 18, 2007-July 20, 2007.

  • Callaghan D.P., Boswood P.K. and Voisey C. (2007). Modelling Queensland tides from the gold coast to cooktown. In: 18th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference 2007 and the 11th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference 2007, COASTS and PORTS 2007. 18th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference 2007, COASTS 2007 and the 11th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference 2007, PORTS 2007, Melbourne, VIC, (648-653). July 18, 2007-July 20, 2007.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

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.

  • Coastal and fluid mechanics.

  • When designing civil infrastructure, terrestrial inundation probability is typically a significant and costly design driver. There are several different ways for determining flooding probabilities of which the current practice of applying the structural function (rainfall run-off and hydraulic models) after probabilities are assigned is one such approach. Another approach is applying the structural function before probabilities are assign and a third approach would be full simulation of underlying joint probabilities and structural function. This Thesis/Project will extend existing work on structural function and probability frameworks to several catchments and compare predictions between methods. Depending on the number of students involved and duration (Thesis cf Project), several real catchments with detention basins will be modelled, a water balance model will be extended and integrated into an existing runoff model, testing of different types of post-processing for water level and flow as well as a Monte Carlo simulations with a joint probability between rainfall depth and duration.

    Skills obtained by student(s) completing this project/thesis include critical usage of numerical models (essential for future consultants), model output processing and presentation and an understanding of applying physical models in probabilistic frameworks. This project/thesis is an excellent introduction to consultancy work while including educational based supervision.