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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Young I, Zieger S, Babanin A. DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF A GLOBAL SATELLITE DATABASE OF WIND AND WAVE CONDITIONS. 34th ASME International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2015). ASME International. 2015, Vol. 7. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE201541039
  11. 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
  12. Zieger S, Babanin A, Young I. Changes in ocean surface wind with a focus on trends in regional and monthly mean values. DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART I-OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH PAPERS. Elsevier. 2014, Vol. 86. DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2014.01.004
  13. Gallop SL, Young I, Ranasinghe R, Durrant TH, Haigh ID. The large-scale influence of the Great Barrier Reef matrix on wave attenuation. CORAL REEFS. Springer Verlag. 2014, Vol. 33, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-014-1205-7
  14. Young I, Vinoth J. A Parametric Model for Tropical Cyclone Waves. Proceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE. 2013, Vol. 2 A. DOI: 10.1115/OMAE2013-10022
  15. Young I, Vinoth J. A parametric model of tropical Cyclone Waves. Coasts and Ports 2013. 2013.

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