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Gender male
Job title Managing Director
Systems Engineering Australia Pty Ltd (
106/71 Beeston St Newstead 4006
PO Box 3125
Regions Sea of Azov
Nationality Australia
Tel +61 7 3254 0782
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Website http://www.systemsengineeringaustralia.com.au
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Degree BE PhD
Job type Research , Technical Advice & Consulting
Research Area(s) Physical Oceanography , Climatology, Meteorology , Marine and Coastal Engineering , Physical Oceanography , Climatology, Meteorology , Marine and Coastal Engineering
Research Region 71, 100, 84, 58, 95, 93, 94
Skills/Expertise A specialist civil engineer with over 40 years experience in coastal, ocean and wind engineering, specialising in numerical and statistical modelling and natural hazards risk assessment. He has worked for University, State Government agencies, private consultants and was Chief Ocean Engineer for Woodside Energy during the late 1980s before forming his own company Systems Engineering Australia Pty Ltd (SEA) in 1996. He is a past Chairman of the Engineers Australia National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering and authored the Committee’s 2004 and 2011 Greenhouse Guidelines document. He is a member of the Standards Australia BD6 Wind Actions Sub-committee that oversees design wind speeds and wind loads on structures and is also a consultant to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Bruce is an active member of the international tropical cyclone research community, respected for his work in better quantifying tropical cyclone risks and impacts. He is also the only non-academic member of the global Willis Research Network alliance addressing the needs of insurers in a changing climate. In Feb 2010 he joined GHD Pty Ltd in Brisbane as Principal Professional Environment and Risk.
Comments Member WMO TCRP Expert Panel on Tropical Cyclone Landfalling Processes
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Bruce HARPER)

Harper B.A., Holmes J.D., Kepert J.D., Mason L.M. and Vickery P.J., Comments on “Estimation of Tropical Cyclone Wind Hazard for Darwin: Comparison with Two Other Locations and the Australian Wind-Loading Code”. J. Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 51, 161-171,Jan, 2012.
Harper B.A., Mason L., Hanslow D. and Rainbird J., Estimating Extreme Water Levels in Torres Strait. Proc. Coasts and Ports Conference, Engineers Australia, Perth, Sep, 2011.
Leitch C., Ginger J., Harper B., Kim P., Jayasinghe N. & Somerville L. (2010) Performance of housing in Brisbane following storms on 16 November 2008. Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol 11, No 1, 45-61.
Harper, B.A. (2010) Modelling the Tracy Storm Surge - Implications for Storm Structure and Intensity Estimation. Proc. Cyclone Tracy Special Session, AMOS Conference 2008, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal, 60, 187-197, Sept.
Dube S.K, Murty T.S., Feyen J.C., Cabrera R., Harper B.A., Bales J.D. and Amer S. (2010) Storm surge modeling and applications in coastal areas. In Chan J. and Kepert J. (Eds.) Global Perspectives on Tropical Cyclones, World Scientific, April, 448pp.
Harper B., Kepert J. and Ginger J. (2010) Guidelines for converting between various wind averaging periods in tropical cyclone conditions. World Meteorological Organization, WMO/TD-No. 1555.
Harper B., Hardy T., Mason L. and Fryar, R. (2009) Developments in Storm Tide Modelling and Risk Assessment in the Australian Region. Proc. WMO/IOC JCOMM 1st Scientific and Technical Symposium on Storm Surges, Seoul, Korea, 2-6 Oct, 2007 (Natural Hazards, Vol 51, 1, Oct 2009, 225-238; DOI 10.1007/s11069-009-9382-3, 2009).
Kossin J.P., Knapp K.R., Vimont D.J., Murnane R.J., and B.A. Harper (2007) A globally consistent reanalysis of hurricane variability and trends, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L04815.
Landsea C.W., Harper B.A., Hoarau K., and Knaff J. (2006) Can we detect trends in extreme tropical cyclones? Science, Vol 313, 28 July, (10.1126/science.1128448).
Velden C., Harper B., Wells F., Beven J.L.,Zehr R., Olander T., Mayfield M., Guard C., Lander M., Edson R., Avila L., Burton A., Turk M., Kikuchi A., Christian A., Caroff P. and McCrone P (2006) The Dvorak tropical cyclone intensity estimation technique: a satellite-based method that has endured for over 30 years. Bulletin American Meteorological Society, Vol 87, 1195-1210, Sept. [plus online supplement].

Group(s): JCOMM , Services and Forecasting Systems Programme Area (SFSPA) , List of Experts on Storm Surges
Created: 2007-10-23 Last Updated: 2014-12-24 by Bruce HARPER