Dr Laura O'Brien

Monash University

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, 9 Rainforest Walk, Monash Uni, Clayton, VIC 3800

Phone: (03) 9905 0173
Email: laura.obrien@monash.edu

  • BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Science at UCD
  • MSc. at Oxford University's Centre for Industrial and Applied Maths (OCIAM) in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing
  • PhD at School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Dublin


Laura is working on the lifecycle of Rossby waves in the Southern Hemisphere and their role in controlling extratropical cyclogenesis, the low-frequency variability of the storm track and extremes. This is under the supervision of Prof. Michael Reeder and is part of the Centre's research program on The Drivers of Spatial and Temporal Climate Variability in Extratropical Australia.

Her PhD focused on extreme ocean waves. This was based on the mathematical modelling of landslide generated tsunamis and also included a historical survey of extreme wave events in Ireland considering storm, rogue and tsunami waves. I also looked at some interesting problems relating to Wave Energy Converters (WECs), such as the effect of random seas and questioned whether an array of WECs could withstand the force of a tsunami.

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