Dr Daniel Conley
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Dr Daniel Conley

Associate Professor (Reader) in Coastal Dynamics Modelling (Wave Hub)

School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Role

Daniel is an Associate Professor (Reader) and leader of the Coastal Processes Research Group at Plymouth University. Prior to that he was a Research Scientist at the NATO Undersea Research Centre in La Spezia Italy. Daniel brings over 30 years experience in collecting field measurements in coastal and estuarine environments across the globe.  He has particular expertise in the measurement and modelling of coastal sediment transport as well as experience in assessing resources and impacts for marine renewable energy developments.

Qualifications

EDUCATION

1993     Ph.D. in Oceanography (Applied Ocean Science), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla Ca. USA, 199

1980     B.S.  (Ocean Engineering), B.S.  (Geophysics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Ma. USA, 1980

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

10/2000 – 10/2007     Research Scientist, NATO Undersea Research Centre, La Spezia Italy     

2/1993 - 9/2000          Assistant Professor, Marine Science Research Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook.     

11/1997 - 8/1999        Visiting Scientist, ENEA Santa Teresa Marine Environmental Research Centre, Santa Teresa, Italy.

 9/1986 - 1/1993         Research Assistant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California.

1982                           Seismic Analyst.  U.  S.  Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Ca.

1980 - 1981               Wire-line Engineer.  Houston Offshore District, Schlumberger Offshore Services, Houston, TX.

Professional membership

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Geophysical Union
Coastal Education Research Foundation

Roles on external bodies

Member of Steering Committee for Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference
Member of Marine Sciences panel for proposal evaluation for Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation

Expert Evaluator for H2020 Research Infrastructure Programme (2014)
External referee for Netherlands Council of Earth and Life Sciences.
External referee for Italian Special Committee for National ResearchEvaluation (CIVR).

Teaching interests

  • Nearshore Processes
  • Coastal Oceanography
  • Water wave mechanics
  • Sediment Transport
  • Measurements and Data Analysis.

Research interests

  • Sediment transport under waves
  • Wave and Tidal Energy
  • Nearshore monitoring
  • Estuarine circulation and tidal mixing
  • Wave modeling

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

  • Matthew Archer – BSc completed 2009, Honors Thesis: “WERA HF radar measurements of wind direction in the South Atlantic Bight” Univ. Plymouth.
  • Silvia Falchetti – PhD completed 2009, Dissertation: “Hydro-morphodynamics of the nearshore-shoreline: experimental and theoretical modeling.” Univ. Genova.
  • Charlene Sullivan-MS completed 2005, Thesis: “Effects of waves and tides on residual circulation at a modified tidal inlet.” SUNY Stonybrook.
  • Silvia Falchetti – Laurea completed 2005, Thesis: “Morphodynamic shoreline boundary condition;, a field experiment.” Univ. Genova.
  • Frank Buonaiuto – MS completed 1999, Thesis: “A numerical investigation of natural sand bypassing at a coastal inlet., SUNY Stonybrook.
  • John Griffin-MS completed 2000, Thesis: “Field measurements of bed stress under swash.” SUNY Stonybrook.

Grants & contracts

  • NERC Responsive Mode Grant, “Turbulence, sediment stratification and altered resuspension under waves (TSSAR Waves)”, 05/10/09-04/10/12, £361,680, D. C. Conley & A. Nimmo-Smith.
  • Great Wester Research PhD studentship award, “Development of a resource assessment tool for tidal power generation devices: Regional Modelling” £59.200. D.C. Conley.
  • NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, “Airborne Forward Eyes” 1/1/2006-12/31/2006, €390.000. D.C. Conley.
  • NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, “Forward Eyes final development and demonstration” 1/1/2005-12/31/2005, €450.000. D.C. Conley & A. Trangeled.
  • NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, “Forward Eyes system development” 1/1/2004-12/31/2004 $600,000. D.C. Conley & A. Trangeled.
  • NY SeaGrant, “Bathymetric Evolution of a Tidal Inlet”, 2/1/00-1/31/02, $156,029, D. C. Conley & R. Flood.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, “Bypassing of sand at tidal inlets”, 1/1/00-12/31/03, $176,639, H. Bokuniewicz, R.E. Wilson, D.C. Conley.
  • ONR, “Patterns of Transport Partitioning in the Nearshore.”, 10/1/99-9/30/00, $44,268. D. C. Conley.
  • ONR, “Fluid-Sediment Interactions in the Nearshore”, 10/1/97-9/30/99, $84,181. D. C. Conley.
  • NY SeaGrant, “Sediment Bypassing at Moriches Inlet”, 2/1/96-1/31/98, $78,572, D. C. Conley.
  • National Park Service, “Numerical Modeling of Fire Island National Seashore storm breach impacts upon circulation and water quality of Great South Bay, NY”, 8/1/94-12/31/96, $86,898, D. C. Conley.
  • NY State Dept. Environmental Conservation, “Impact of Westhampton Breach on Salinity in Moriches Bay”, 4/1/93-9/31/94, $26,600. D. C. Conley.
  • NY SeaGrant, “Impact of Westhampton Breach on Tidal Elevations in Moriches Bay”, 4/1/93-4/31/94, $11,495. D. C. Conley.

Research groups

  • Centre of Excellence in Naval Oceanographic Research and Education

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Ruju A, Conley D, Masselink G, Austin M, Puleo J, Lanckriet T & Foster D 2016 'Boundary layer dynamics in the swash zone under large-scale laboratory conditions' COASTAL ENGINEERING 113, 47-61 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Lopez G, Conley DC & Greaves D 2016 'Calibration, Validation, and Analysis of an Empirical Algorithm for the Retrieval of Wave Spectra from HF Radar Sea Echo' Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 33, (2) 245-261 , DOI PEARL
Greaves D, Conley D, Magagna D, Aires E, Chambel Leitão J, Witt M, Embling CB, Godley BJ, Bicknell AWJ & Saulnier J-B 2016 'Environmental Impact Assessment: Gathering experiences from wave energy test centres in Europe' International Journal of Marine Energy 14, 68-79 , DOI PEARL
Brown SA, Greaves DM, Magar V & Conley DC 2016 'Evaluation of turbulence closure models under spilling and plunging breakers in the surf zone' Coastal Engineering 114, 117-193 , DOI PEARL
Masselink G, Ruju A, Conley D, Turner I, Ruessink G, Matias A, Thompson C, Castelle B, Puleo J & Citerone V 2016 'Large-scale Barrier Dynamics Experiment II ( BARDEX II ): Experimental design, instrumentation, test program, and data set' Coastal Engineering 113, 3-18 , DOI
Ruju A, Conley D, Masselink G & Puleo J 2016 'Sediment transport dynamics in the swash zone under large-scale laboratory conditions' CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH 120, 1-13 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Puleo JA, Lanckriet T, Conley D & Foster D 2016 'Sediment transport partitioning in the swash zone of a large-scale laboratory beach' Coastal Engineering 113, 73-87 , DOI PEARL
Scott T, Masselink G, O'Hare T, Saulter A, Poate T, Russell P, Davidson M & Conley D 2016 'The extreme 2013/2014 winter storms: Beach recovery along the southwest coast of England' Marine Geology 382, 224-241 , DOI PEARL
Bergsma EWJ, Conley DC, Davidson MA & O'Hare TJ 2016 'Video-based nearshore bathymetry estimation in macro-tidal environments' MARINE GEOLOGY 374, 31-41 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Masselink G, Scott T, Poate T, Russell P, Davidson M & Conley D 2015 'The extreme 2013/2014 winter storms: hydrodynamic forcing and coastal response along the southwest coast of England' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms n/a-n/a , DOI PEARL
Paparella F, Monk K, Winands V, Lopes MFP, Conley D & Ringwood JV 2015 'Up-Wave and Autoregressive Methods for Short-Term Wave Forecasting for an Oscillating Water Column' IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY 6, (1) 171-178 Author Site , DOI
Paparella F, Monk K, Winands V, Lopes MFP, Conley D & Ringwood JV 2015 'Up-Wave and Autoregressive Methods for Short-Term Wave Forecasting for an Oscillating Water Column (vol 6, pg 171, 2015)' IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY 6, (2) 653-653 Author Site , DOI
Inch K, Masselink G, Puleo JA, Russell P & Conley DC 2015 'Vertical structure of near-bed cross-shore flow velocities in the swash zone of a dissipative beach' Continental Shelf Research 101, 98-108 , DOI PEARL
Puleo JA, Blenkinsopp C, Conley D, Masselink G, Turner IL, Russell P, Buscombe D, Howe D, Lanckriet T & McCall R 2014 'Comprehensive Field Study of Swash-Zone Processes. I: Experimental Design with Examples of Hydrodynamic and Sediment Transport Measurements' JOURNAL OF WATERWAY PORT COASTAL AND OCEAN ENGINEERING 140, (1) 14-28 Author Site , DOI
Lanckriet T, Puleo JA, Masselink G, Turner IL, Conley D, Blenkinsopp C & Russell P 2014 'Comprehensive Field Study of Swash-Zone Processes. II: Sheet Flow Sediment Concentrations during Quasi-Steady Backwash' JOURNAL OF WATERWAY PORT COASTAL AND OCEAN ENGINEERING 140, (1) 29-42 Author Site , DOI
Leeney RH, Greaves DM, Conley D & O'Hagan AM 2014 'Environmental Impact Assessments for wave energy developments – Learning from existing activities and informing future research' Ocean & Coastal Management , DOI PEARL
Roc T, Greaves DM, Thyng KM & Conley D 2014 'Tidal Turbine Representation in an Ocean Circulation Model: Towards Realistic Applications' Ocean Engineering , DOI
Monk K, Zou Q & Conley D 2013 'An approximate solution for the wave energy shadow in the lee of an array of overtopping type wave energy converters' COASTAL ENGINEERING 73, 115-132 Author Site , DOI
Masselink G, Turner I, Conley D, Ruessink G, Matias A, Thompson C, Castelle B & Wolters G 2013 'BARDEX II: Bringing the beach to the laboratory – again!' Journal of Coastal Research 165, 1545-1550 , DOI
Stokes C, Russell P, Conley D, Beaumont E & Greaves D 2013 'Exploring Monthly To Seasonal Beach Morphodynamics Using Empirical Orthogonal Functions' Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 65, 1868-1873 , DOI
Azzellino A, Conley D, Vicinanza D & Kofoed JP 2013 'Marine Renewable Energies: Perspectives and Implications for Marine Ecosystems' SCIENTIFIC WORLD JOURNAL Author Site , DOI
Roc T, Conley DC & Greaves D 2013 'Methodology for tidal turbine representation in ocean circulation model' Renewable Energy 51, (0) 448-464 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Roc T, Conley DC & Greaves D 2013 'Methodology for tidal turbine representation in ocean circulation model' Renewable Energy 51, (0) 448-464 Author Site , DOI
Castelle B, Dubarbier B, Tissier M, Bonneton P, Conley D, Ruessink G & Masselink G 2013 'Testing numerical hydrodynamic and morphodynamic models against BARDEX II Experiment data sets' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 1745-1750 Author Site , DOI
Witt MJ, Sheehan EV, Bearhop S, Broderick AC, Conley DC, Cotterell SP, Crow E, Grecian WJ, Halsband C & Hodgson DJ 2012 'Assessing wave energy effects on biodiversity: the wave hub experience' Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci 370, (1959) 502-529 Author Site , DOI
Buscombe D & Conley DC 2012 'Effective shear stress of graded sediments' Water Resour. Res. 48, (5) Author Site , DOI
Vousdoukas MI, Pennucci G, Holman RA & Conley DC 2011 'A semi automatic technique for Rapid Environmental Assessment in the coastal zone using Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAV)' JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH 1755-1759 Author Site
Vicinanza D, Baldock T, Contestabile P, Alsina J, Caceres I, Brocchini M, Conley D, Andersen TL, Frigaard P & Ciavola P 2011 'Swash zone response under various wave regimes' JOURNAL OF HYDRAULIC RESEARCH 49, 55-63 Author Site , DOI
Falchetti S, Conley DC, Brocchini M & Elgar S 2010 'Nearshore bar migration and sediment-induced buoyancy effects' CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH 30, (2) 226-238 Author Site , DOI
Greaves DM, Smith G, Attrill M, Belmont M, Chadwick A, Conley D, Eccleston A, Godley B, Harrington N & Hor CL 2009 'Development of Marine Renewable Energy – research, design, installation' Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Maritime Engineering, Special Issue on Offshore Renewable Energy 162, (MA4) 187-196
Greaves D, Smith G, Attrill M, Belmont M, Chadwick A, Conley D, Eccleston A, Godley B, Harrington N & Hor CL 2009 'Marine renewable energy development - research, design, install' PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS-MARITIME ENGINEERING 162, {187-196}-{187-196} , DOI
Falchetti S, Brocchini M & Conley DC 2009 'Morphodynamics Shoreline Boundary Conditions: A Preliminary Evaluation at Protoype Scale' Coastal Engineering 2008, Vols 1-5 1473-1485
Vousdoukas ML, Velegrakis AF, Dimou K, Zervakis V & Conley DC 2009 'Wave run-up observations in microtidal, sediment-starved pocket beaches of the Eastern Mediterranean' JOURNAL OF MARINE SYSTEMS 78, S37-S47 Author Site , DOI
Conley DC, Falchetti S, Lohmann IP & Brocchini M 2008 'The effects of flow stratification by non-cohesive sediment on transport in high-energy wave-driven flows' JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS 610, 43-67 Author Site , DOI
Rusu E, Conley DC & Ferreira-Coelho E 2007 'A hybrid framework for predicting waves and longshore currents' Journal of Marine Systems 69/1-2, 59-73 , DOI
Allard R, Dykes J, + Hsu YL, Kaihatu J & Conley D 2007 'A real-time nearshore wave and current prediction system' Journal of Marine Systems 69/1-2, 37-58 , DOI
Conley DC, Trangeled A, Zappa G, Gualdesi L, Guerrini P & Holman RA 2007 'Rapid Environmental Assessment in the Nearshore' Journal of Marine Systems v.69/1-2, 74-85 , DOI
Conley DC & Griffin JG 2004 'Direct measurements of bed stress under swash in the field' Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 109, (C3)
Conley DC & Beach RA 2003 'Cross-shore sediment transport partitioning in the nearshore during a storm event' Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 108, (C3)
Conley DC 1999 'Observations on the impact of a developing inlet in a bar built estuary' CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH 19, {1733-1754}-{1733-1754}
Conley DC 1999 'Observations on the impact of a developing inlet in a bar built estuary' CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH 19, (13) 1733-1754 Author Site , DOI
CONLEY D & INMAN D 1994 'VENTILATED OSCILLATORY BOUNDARY-LAYERS' JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS 273, {261-284}-{261-284}
CONLEY D & INMAN D 1992 'FIELD OBSERVATIONS OF THE FLUID-GRANULAR BOUNDARY-LAYER UNDER NEAR-BREAKING WAVES' JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS 97, {9631-9643}-{9631-9643}
CONLEY DC & INMAN DL 1992 'FIELD OBSERVATIONS OF THE FLUID-GRANULAR BOUNDARY-LAYER UNDER NEAR-BREAKING WAVES' JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS 97, (C6) 9631-9643 Author Site , DOI
Conference Papers
Brown SA, Magar V, Greaves DM & Conley DC 2015 'An evaluation of RANS turbulence closure models for spilling breakers' in Proceedings of the 34th Conference on Coastal Engineering Seoul, Korea 15/06/2014 20/06/2014 , DOI
Gomez R, Helzel T, Lopez G, Conley D, Wyatt L, Thomas N, Smet S, Sicot G & IEEE 2015 'Estimation of wave parameters from HF radar using different methodologies and compared with wave buoy measurements at the Wave Hub' //0 //0
Paparella F, Monk K, Winands V, Lopes MFP, Conley D, Ringwood JV & IEEE 2014 'Benefits of up-wave measurements in linear short-term wave forecasting for wave energy applications' //0 //0 2048-2053
Savidge D, Amft J, Gargett A, Voulgaris G, Archer M, Conley D, Wyatt L, Gurgel K-W & IEEE 2011 'Assessment of WERA Long-Range HF-radar Performance from the User's Perspective' //0 //0 30-37
Falchetti S, Conley DC & Brocchini M 2007 'Examining the contribution of sediment stratification to the evolution of seabed morphology' Kraus NC; Rosatti JD 13/05/2007 //0 New Orleans, La ASCE 1635-1646
Pennucci G, Conley DC & Holman RA 2007 'Rapid environmental assessment from small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAV)' 01/01/2007 //0 Bristol 1-13
Coli A, Conley DC, Santos JA & Pires-Silva AA 2007 'Estimation of offshore directional spectra by inverse methodology at Porto Ferro, Sardinia' //0 //0 {1951-1957}-{1951-1957}
Conley DC & Rusu E 2006 'The middle way of surf modelling' Smith JM //0 //0 San Diego World Scientific 1015-1021
Gualdesi L, Guerrini P & Conley D 2005 'Satellite data link buoy for wave-current measurement in very shallow waters' 17/09/2005 //0 Washington, DC 1871-1875
Conley DC & Rusu E 2005 'Tests of wave shoaling and surf models in a partially enclosed basin' //0 //0 1015-1021 , DOI
Conley DC 2004 'Lessons for REA in the nearshore' Tyce R; Ferreira Coelho E //0 //0 La Spezia, It. SACLANT Undersea Research Centre 1-20
Buxbom IP, Fredsoe J, Sumer BM, Conley DC & Christensen ED 2003 'Large eddy simulation of turbulent wave boundary layer subject to constant ventilation' 01/01/2003 //0 Corpus Christi, Texas, USA World Scientific & East Meets West Productions.
Greaves DM, Huertas Olivares C, Holmes B, Torre-Enciso Y, Bailey I, Danos F, Mouslim H, Conley D, Simas T & Sundberg J 0 'First output of the Sowfia Project: Streamlining of Ocean Wave Farms Impact Assessment' OCEANS 2011 Santander, Spain 06/06/2011 09/06/2011
Falchetti S, Brocchini M & Conley DC 0 'Sediment transport and underwater bar migration' DohmenJanssen CM; Hulscher SJMH //0 //0 {583-589}-{583-589}
Conley DC & Rusu E 0 'Tests of wave shoaling and surf models in a partially enclosed basin' Soares GG; Garbatov Y; Fonseca N //0 //0 {1015-1021}-{1015-1021}
Reports
Greaves D, Pérez Collazo C, Magagna D, Conley D, Bailey I, Simas T, Holmes B, O'Hagan AM, O'Callagahn J & Torre Encirso Y 2013 Enabling Wave Power: Streamlining processes for progress. Plymouth, UK Author Site Publisher Site , DOI
Pennucci G, Conley DC & Holman RA 2008 Airborne Forward Eyes Final Report. NURC Technical Report La Spezia NATO Undersea Research Centre
Conley DC & Falchetti S 2008 Very shallow water and bottom modelling: final report. NURC Technical Report La Spezia NATO Undersea Research Centre
Rusu E, Conley DC & Ferreira-Coelho E 2006 A NATO tool for prediction of waves and longshore currents in the surf zone. NURC Technical Report La Spezia NATO Undersea Research Centre
Conley DC, Rusu, Eugen, Ferreira-Coelho, Emanuel & Allard R 2006 Hybrid Surf Modeling: Final Report. NURC-FR-2006-016, , La Spezia, NATO Undersea Research Centre
Merani D, Berni A, Leonard M, Conley DC, Buzzioli R & Abrami S 2006 Secure deployable communications setup for unattended sensors (Forward Eyes). NURC Technical Report La Spezia NATO Undersea Research Centre
Conley DC 2000 Numerical modeling of Fire Island storm breach impacts upon circulation and water quality of Great South Bay, NY. Boston, Ma. U.S.A. National Park Service, Boston Support Office
Conley DC 1994 Impact of Little Pike's Inlet on tides and salinity in Moriches Bay : Final report to Governors Coastal Erosion Task Force. MSRC Special Report Stony Brook NY MSRC, State Univ. New Your, Stony Brook