Dr Thomas Smyth

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Smyth is a coastal geomorphologist, with experience in both laboratory and field based research. Particular areas of interest are computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of near surface flow in marine, terrestrial and martian environments as well as measurement of near surface wind flow over complex topography using ultrasonic anemometry.


PhD (2009-2012) entitled Airflow and sediment transport dynamics in coastal dune blowouts at the University of Ulster. Supervised by Prof Derek Jackson and Prof Andrew Cooper.
This research was the first to compare measured (ultrasonic anemometry) and modelled (CFD) wind flow inside complex blowout morphology and study near surface airflow structure through a range over a dune blowout. The thesis was also the first to examine the impact of airflow turbulence on sediment transport within a trough blowout both within a spatial and temporal context.

Bachelor of Science with first class honours in Environmental Science (2006-2009) University of Ulster

Undergraduate thesis: Prediction and comparison of morphological beach state utilising the third generation wave model, SWAN.

Topic lecturer
EASC3742 Earth Fluid Modelling
Further information

Latest publication:

Jackson, D.W.T., M.C. Bourke, T.A.G. Smyth (2015) The dune effect on sand-transporting winds on Mars. Nature Communications. 6:8796.

Twitter: @tag_smyth

Blog: http://thomas-smyth.blogspot.com.au/

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