Associate Professor Jochen Kaempf

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

Research expertise
  • Physical oceanography with focus on coastal oceans and inverse estuaries
  • Hydrodynamic modelling expert
  • Academic scientific research 
Research expertise
  • Physical oceanography with focus on coastal oceans and inverse estuaries
  • Hydrodynamic modelling expert
  • Academic scientific research 
place Earth Sciences Building (312)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Jochen Kaempf is a passionate physical oceanographer with over 20 years of professional experience. His research has led to groundbreaking discoveries such as that of the Great Southern Australian Coastal Upwelling System, which key nutrient source for the Southern Ocean marine food web. Kaempf also uncovered the physical mechanisms driving gigantic phytoplankton blooms in the Arafura Sea north of Australia. He was the first marine scientist exploring and describing the water circulation of both the Persian Gulf and South Australian gulfs with state-of-the-art 3D hydrodynamic models. One of his favourite research topics is that of canyon-flow interactions.

Recently, Kaempf discovered that downwelling-favourable coastal winds can induce extreme bed shear stresses and substantial sediment suspension in nearshore waters within a distance of 20 km from a coast. This new finding is fundumental in the understanding of sediment transport and transport in the oceans. Kaempf has also recently developed a new theory that explains the mechanisms that control the Indian Ocean Dipole, which via its influence on droughts and floods in the region influences the wellbeing of millions of people.

Kaempf has published two textbooks on ocean modelling as a contribution to classroom teaching of oceanography, a monograph on upwelling systems of the world (co-authored by Piers Chapman), numerous book chapters, and around 40 peer-reviewed publications.

Qualifications

Diploma (Physical Oceanography), University of Hamburg, Germany, 1994
PhD (Natural Sciences, Physical Oceanography), University of Hamburg, Germany,1996
Associate Professor (Oceanography) at Flinders University since July 2009

Honours, awards and grants

In 2011, Jochen Kaempf was a finalist of the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Award in the Environment category. In the same year, he also was a finalist of the Jill Hudson Award for Environmental Protection by the Conservation Council SA. In 2014, Jochen won the Jill Hudson Award for Environmental Protection for his critical engagement as scientific expert in the discussion of various industrial proposals such as seawater desalination and oil drilling.

Key responsibilities
  • Teaching & coordination of various topics (all year levels)
  • Course coordinator of BSc major in Ocean and Climate Science
  • Supervision of honours and postgraduate students
  • Scientific research
  • Various administrative roles
  • Service to the community & community engagement
Research expertise
Applied mathematics
Environmental science and management
Oceanography
Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Coastal & estuarine oceanography
  • Transport time-scale analysis (e.g. flushing time) and marine connectivity
  • Coastal upwelling & upwelling in shelf-break canyons
  • Mixed-layer dynamics & oceanic convection
  • Suspended sediment dynamics (e.g. turbidity currents)
  • Deep-ocean processes & mixing
  • Pollutant dispersal (e.g. desalination brine)
Teaching interests
  • to find ways to make students understand the scientific method and fundmental scientific concepts
  • to share my passion for oceanography and marine sciences with the students
Topic coordinator
EASC1102 Marine Sciences 1
EASC2701 Coasts and Oceans
Topic lecturer
EASC2702 Global Climate Change
EASC1102 Marine Sciences 1
EASC2701 Coasts and Oceans
EASC3742 Earth Fluid Modelling
Supervisory interests
Hydrodynamic modelling
Physical and regional oceanography
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Oceanography (2)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Oceanography/Climate Science (7)
Associate supervisor: Oceanography/Climate Science (3)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Marine Science
Oceanography
South Australia
Coastal and estuarine oceanography
Coastal upwelling
Hydrodynamic modelling
Marine desalination discharges
Marine pollution and protection
Oceanography
Upwelling in submarine canyons
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Marine Science
  • Oceanography
  • South Australia
Interests
  • Coastal and estuarine oceanography
  • Coastal upwelling
  • Hydrodynamic modelling
  • Marine desalination discharges
  • Marine pollution and protection
  • Oceanography
  • Upwelling in submarine canyons
Further information

Jochen Kaempf's CV (in PDF format) can be downloaded from the link below.

CV Jochen Kaempf Nov 2019 (pdf)

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