Professor Alexander Babanin

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: 409
  • Building: Engineering Block C
  • Campus: Parkville


  • Professor - Ocean Engineering
  • Co-Director, Australia-China Centre for Maritime Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Alexander Babanin obtained a Bachelor of Science (Physics) from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia in 1980; a Master of Science in Physical Oceanography in 1983 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and Mathematics in 1990.

He worked in the Marine Hydrophysical Institute, Sebastopol (Russia) before relocating to Australia in 1996.
He has worked at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, The University of Adelaide in South Australia and Swinburne University of Technology.
In early 2016 he commenced at the University of Melbourne.

His areas of expertise and research are wind-generated waves, maritime engineering, air-sea interactions, ocean turbulence, ocean mixing, climate, remote sensing of the ocean.

He has produced more than 200 publications.

Recent publications

  1. Doong, D-J.; Peng, J-P.; Babanin, AV. Field investigations of coastal sea surface temperature drop after typhoon passages. Earth System Science Data. COPERNICUS GESELLSCHAFT MBH. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 1, pp. 323-340. DOI: 10.5194/essd-11-323-2019
  2. Liu, Q.; Rogers, WE.; Babanin, AV.; Young, IR.; Romero, L.; Zieger, S.; Qiao, F.; Guan, C. Observation-Based Source Terms in the Third-Generation Wave Model WAVEWATCH III: Updates and Verification. Journal of Physical Oceanography. AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC. 2019, Vol. 49, Issue 2, pp. 489-517. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-18-0137.1
  3. Rapizo, H.; Durrant, TH.; Babanin, AV. An assessment of the impact of surface currents on wave modeling in the Southern Ocean. Ocean Dynamics. SPRINGER HEIDELBERG. 2018, Vol. 68, Issue 8, pp. 939-955. DOI: 10.1007/s10236-018-1171-7
  4. Babanin, AV. CHANGE OF REGIME OF AIR SEA DYNAMICS IN EXTREME METOCEAN CONDITIONS. Volume 3: Structures, Safety, and Reliability. AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 3. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE2018-77484
  5. Stoney, L.; Walsh, KJE.; Thomas, S.; Spence, P.; Babanin, AV. Changes in Ocean Heat Content Caused by Wave-Induced Mixing in a High-Resolution Ocean Model. Journal of Physical Oceanography. AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC. 2018, Vol. 48, Issue 5, pp. 1139-1150. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-17-0142.1
  6. Zhang, H.; Babanin, A.; Ignatov, A.; Petrenko, B. Initial Evaluation of the Sensor-Specific Error Statistics in the NOAA Advanced Clear-Sky Processor for Oceans SST System: Diurnal Variation Signals Captured. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC. 2018, Vol. 15, Issue 11, pp. 1642-1646. DOI: 10.1109/LGRS.2018.2859747
  7. Thomson, J.; Ackley, S.; Girard-ardhuin, F.; Ardhuin, F.; Babanin, A.; Boutin, G.; Brozena, J.; Cheng, S.; Collins, C.; Doble, M.; Fairall, C.; Guest, P.; Gebhardt, C.; Gemmrich, J.; Graber, HC.; Holt, B.; Lehner, S.; Lund, B.; Meylan, MH.; Maksym, T.; Montiel, F.; Perrie, W.; Persson, O.; Rainville, L.; Rogers, WE.; Shen, H.; Shen, H.; Squire, V.; Stammerjohn, S.; Stopa, J.; Smith, MM.; Sutherland, P.; Wadhams, P. Overview of the Arctic Sea State and Boundary Layer Physics Program. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2018, Vol. 123, Issue 12, pp. 8674-8687. DOI: 10.1002/2018JC013766
  8. Chalikov, D.; Babanin, AV. PLAIN INTERPRETATION OF FREAK WAVES PHENOMENON. Volume 7B: Ocean Engineering. AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 7B. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE2018-78393
  9. Sun, J.; Babanin, AV. SWELL WAVELENGTH VARIATION ACROSS THE OCEAN BASED ON SAR WAVE MODE DATA. IGARSS 2018 - 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. IEEE. 2018, Vol. 2018-July, pp. 3220-3222. DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.2018.8517659
  10. Chen, CW.; Babanin, A.; MuḼammad, A.; Chen, T.; Chapron, B.; Chen, CYJ. System computing and simulation for big data dissonances: A LMI-based criterion for fuzzy large-scale systems. International journal of simulation: systems, science & technology. UK Simulation Society. 2018, Vol. 19, Issue 6, pp. 46.1-46.4. DOI: 10.5013/IJSSST.a.19.06.46
  11. Sun, J.; Wang, X.; Yuan, X.; Zhang, Q.; Guan, C.; Babanin, AV. The Dependence of Sea SAR Image Distribution Parameters on Surface Wave Characteristics. Remote Sensing. MDPI. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 11. DOI: 10.3390/rs10111843
  12. Babanin, AV.; Mcconochie, J.; Chalikov, D. Winds near the Surface of Waves: Observations and Modeling. Journal of Physical Oceanography. AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC. 2018, Vol. 48, Issue 5, pp. 1079-1088. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-17-0009.1
  13. Babanin, AV.; Van Der Weshuijsen, A.; Chalikov, D.; Rogers, WE. Advanced wave modeling, including wave-current interaction. Journal of Marine Research. SEARS FOUNDATION MARINE RESEARCH. 2017, Vol. 75, Issue 3, pp. 239-262. DOI: 10.1357/002224017821836798
  14. Lee, CM.; Thomson, J. An Autonomous Approach to Observing the Seasonal Ice Zone in the Western Arctic. Oceanography. OCEANOGRAPHY SOC. 2017, Vol. 30, Issue 2, pp. 56-68. DOI: 10.5670/oceanog.2017.222
  15. Young, IR.; Sanina, E.; Babanin, AV. Calibration and Cross Validation of a Global Wind and Wave Database of Altimeter, Radiometer, and Scatterometer Measurements. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC. 2017, Vol. 34, Issue 6, pp. 1285-1306. DOI: 10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0145.1
  16. Jiang, H.; Babanin, AV.; Liu, Q.; Stopad, JE.; Chapron, B.; Chen, G. Can contemporary satellites estimate swell dissipation rate?. Remote Sensing of Environment. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 2017, Vol. 201, pp. 24-33. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.08.037
  17. Rapizo, H.; Babanin, AV.; Provis, D.; Rogers, WE. Current-induced dissipation in spectral wave models. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2017, Vol. 122, Issue 3, pp. 2205-2225. DOI: 10.1002/2016JC012367
  18. Lee, JH.; Monty, JP.; Elsnab, J.; Toffoli, A.; Babanin, AV.; Alberello, A. Estimation of Kinetic Energy Dissipation from Breaking Waves in the Wave Crest Region. Journal of Physical Oceanography. AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC. 2017, Vol. 47, Issue 5, pp. 1145-1150. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0273.1
  19. Jiang, H.; Mouche, A.; Wang, H.; Babanin, AV.; Chapron, B.; Chen, G. Limitation of SAR Quasi-Linear Inversion Data on Swell Climate: An Example of Global Crossing Swells. Remote Sensing. MDPI AG. 2017, Vol. 9, Issue 2. DOI: 10.3390/rs9020107
  20. Lu, J.; Wang, XH.; Babanin, AV.; Aijaz, S.; Sun, Y.; Teng, Y.; Jung, K-T.; Qiao, F. Modeling of suspended sediment concentrations under combined wave-current flow over rippled bed. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, Vol. 199, pp. 59-73. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2017.09.020

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