Professor Ian Young

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: C406A
  • Building: Engineering Block C
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Marine Engineering (Ocean Wind & Waves)
  • Ocean Engineering (Ocean Waves)
  • Physical Oceanography (Ocean Climate)


Professor Ian Young holds the position of Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne as well as a number of business roles including: Chair of the Board of VERNet Pty Ltd, Executive Chair of PAL Digital Pty Ltd, Chief Executive of Conviro Pty Ltd and President of CloudCampus Pty Ltd. He was previously the Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University (ANU), a position he held until his retirement in February 2016. Prior to joining ANU, Professor Young held the position of Vice-Chancellor at Swinburne University of Technology (2003 – 2011), the dual positions of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Adelaide, as well as positions at the University of New South Wales, James Cook University (JCU), and the Max Planck Institut für Meteorologie, Germany. Professor Young has also held many positions associated with education and research including: President of Education Australia Ltd., Board Member of IDP Education Australia Ltd., Board Member of Open Universities Australia Ltd., Member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council, Board Member of the Business Higher Education Round Table, Chair of the Learning Capital Council, Board Member and Deputy Chair of Universities Australia and Chair of the Group of Eight. Professor Young has published more than 100 journal papers, 80 refereed conference papers and is author of 3 books. As a result of his research interests he has been Chair of the United Nations International Waves in Shallow Environments Group, and a technical advisor to the US Navy and NASA. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and a Fellow of the Academic of Technological Sciences & Engineering. In 2003, he was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society, and in 2012 he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Professor Young obtained his Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering Sciences in Coastal Engineering and PhD in Ocean Engineering from James Cook University.

Recent publications

  1. Ribal A, Young I. 33 years of globally calibrated wave height and wind speed data based on altimeter observations. SCIENTIFIC DATA. Nature Publishing Group. 2019, Vol. 6, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41597-019-0083-9
  2. Ribal A, Young I. 33 years of globally calibrated wave height and wind speed data based on altimeter observations (vol 6, 77, 2019). SCIENTIFIC DATA. Nature Publishing Group. 2019, Vol. 6, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41597-019-0108-4
  3. Takbash A, Young I, Breivik O. Global Wind Speed and Wave Height Extremes Derived from Long-Duration Satellite Records. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE. American Meteorological Society. 2019, Vol. 32, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0520.1
  4. Young I, Ribal A. Multiplatform evaluation of global trends in wind speed and wave height. SCIENCE. American Society for the Advancement of Science. 2019, Vol. 364, Issue 6440. DOI: 10.1126/science.aav9527
  5. Liu Q, Rogers WE, Babanin A, Young I, 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. American Meteorological Society. 2019, Vol. 49, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-18-0137.1
  6. Ardhuin F, Stopa JE, Chapron B, Collard F, Husson R, Jensen RE, Johannessen J, Mouche A, Passaro M, Quartly GD, Swail V, Young I. Observing Sea States. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE. 2019, Vol. 6. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00124
  7. Young I. Long term satellite observations of the global wind resource. ASME 2018 1st International Offshore Wind Technical Conference, IOWTC 2018. 2018. DOI: 10.1115/IOWTC2018-1009
  8. Young I, Donelan MA. On the determination of global ocean wind and wave climate from satellite observations. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 215. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.06.006
  9. Meucci A, Young I, Breivik O. Wind and Wave Extremes from Atmosphere and Wave Model Ensembles. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE. American Meteorological Society. 2018, Vol. 31, Issue 21. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0217.1
  10. Young I. A Review of Parametric Descriptions of Tropical Cyclone Wind-Wave Generation. ATMOSPHERE. MDPI AG. 2017, Vol. 8, Issue 10. DOI: 10.3390/atmos8100194
  11. Young I, Sanina E, Babanin A. Calibration and Cross Validation of a Global Wind and Wave Database of Altimeter, Radiometer, and Scatterometer Measurements. JOURNAL OF ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC TECHNOLOGY. American Meteorological Society. 2017, Vol. 34, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0145.1
  12. Stoney L, Walsh K, Babanin A, Ghantous M, Govekar P, Young I. Simulated ocean response to tropical cyclones: The effect of a novel parameterization of mixing from unbroken surface waves. JOURNAL OF ADVANCES IN MODELING EARTH SYSTEMS. American Geophysical Union. 2017, Vol. 9, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1002/2016MS000878
  13. Liu Q, Babanin A, Zieger S, Young I, Guan C. Wind and Wave Climate in the Arctic Ocean as Observed by Altimeters. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE. American Meteorological Society. 2016, Vol. 29, Issue 22. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0219.1
  14. Young I, Zieger S, Babanin A. Development and application of a global satellite database of wind and wave conditions. ASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE). Amercian Society of Mechanical Engineering. 2015, Vol. 7. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE201541039
  15. Zieger S, Babanin A, Rogers WE, Young I. Observation-based source terms in the third-generation wave model WAVEWATCH. OCEAN MODELLING. Elsevier Science. 2015, Vol. 96. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2015.07.014

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