Dr Agnieszka Olbert

ME, Ph.D

Contact Details

Lecturer
University Rd
Alice Perry Engineering Building
Galway
T: 0035391493208
E: indiana.olbert@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher
 

Biography

University lecturer with numerous years of experience in developing and delivering modules in Civil Engineering discipline at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Supervisor of  PhD students, masters students and undergraduate students. Experienced researcher in research areas of water and marine with specialty in marine/coastal climate change forecasting, flood protection, surface water quality and marine renewable energy assessment. Author of  >40 international journal publications and peer-reviewed conference papers, numerous technical reports, journal editor and reviewer for international journals. Principal Investigator of numerous research grants (€1.6M) and recipient of three scholarship awards as primary supervisor . Contributor to major international/national projects, collaborator with world-class research institutes and international enterprises, natural networker and member of several international professional organisations. Holds PhD in civil engineering, MSc in environmental engineering, postgraduate certificated in Teaching and Learning, and certified diploma in project management.  
  


Research Interests

Main research areas include:
▪  Hydrodynamic modelling of ocean, shelf and coastal systems
▪  Water quality modelling
▪  Operational modelling
▪  Physical modelling
▪  Biological modelling
▪  Offshore renewable energy
▪  Data assimilation
▪  High frequency radar operation
▪  Extreme storm surge analysis
▪  Tide-surge interactions
▪  Climate change
▪  Turbulence processes
▪  Flood modelling
▪  Remote sensing
  
  

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Assessment of surface water quality in transitional waters using the modelling and remote sensing techniques 01-SEP-20 01-SEP-25
IMPROVEMENT OF MI OPERATIONAL MODELLING SYSTEM AND OBSERVATION NETWORK OF IRISH MARINE WATERS USING STATE-OF-THE-ART MODEL WITH DATA ASSIMILATION, MODEL PARAMETRIZATION AND MACHINE LEARNING TECHNIQUES 01-MAY-20 30-APR-25
Development of Water Quality Index Model for Assessment of Water Quality 01-OCT-18 01-OCT-22
The application of innovating marine hydro-environmental modelling to help management of the Baltic Sea and industrial exploitation of its resources 01-OCT-18 01-OCT-23
Application of innovative marine modelling and observation research to help industry exploit wave energy extraction of West Coast Ireland 01-APR-15 01-APR-17
Development of coastal model-observing system using data assimilation techniques 17-JUL-12 31-MAR-15
Environment and Climate Change: Impacts and Responses 01-MAY-11 16-JUL-12
Marine Renewable Energies (MAREN) 01-MAR-09 01-MAY-11
Exchange at the Air-Sea Interface: Air Quality and Climate Impact 01-FEB-08 01-MAR-09
Marine Geographic Information Systems and High Performance Computing 01-JUL-06 01-FEB-08
European Gelatinous Zooplankton (EUROGEL) 01-MAR-02 01-MAR-05

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2021) 'A review study of water quality index models and their use for assessing surface water quality'
Uddin G, Nash S, Olbert AI (2021) 'A review study of water quality index models and their use for assessing surface water quality'. Ecological Indicators, [DOI] [Details]
(2020) 'Modelling the effects of climate change on urban coastal-fluvial flooding'
Jennifer Isabel Munro Kirkpatrick; Agnieszka Indiana Olbert (2020) 'Modelling the effects of climate change on urban coastal-fluvial flooding'. Journal Of Water And Climate Change, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) 'Development of high-resolution multi-scale modelling system for simulation of coastal-fluvial urban flooding'
Comer, J,Olbert, AI,Nash, S,Hartnett, M (2017) 'Development of high-resolution multi-scale modelling system for simulation of coastal-fluvial urban flooding'. Natural Hazards And Earth System Sciences, 17 :205-224 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) 'High-resolution multi-scale modelling of coastal flooding due to tides, storm surges and rivers inflows. A Cork City example'
Olbert, AI,Comer, J,Nash, S,Hartnett, M (2017) 'High-resolution multi-scale modelling of coastal flooding due to tides, storm surges and rivers inflows. A Cork City example'. Coastal Engineering, 121 :278-296 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Turbulence modelling using dynamic parameterization with data assimilation'
Olbert, AI,Ragnoli, E,Nash, S,Hartnett, M (2017) 'Turbulence modelling using dynamic parameterization with data assimilation'. Journal Of Hydraulic Research, 55 (3):376-391 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Development of high-resolution multi-scale modelling system for simulation of coastal-fluvial urban flooding'
Olbert AI, Comer J, Nash S, Hartnett M (2017) 'Development of high-resolution multi-scale modelling system for simulation of coastal-fluvial urban flooding'. Natural Hazards And Earth System Sciences, 17 :205-224 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'High-resolution multi-scale modelling of coastal flooding due to tides, storm surges and rivers inflows. A Cork City example'
Olbert AI, Comer J, Nash S, Hartnett M (2017) 'High-resolution multi-scale modelling of coastal flooding due to tides, storm surges and rivers inflows. A Cork City example'. Coastal Engineering, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2016) 'Turbulence modelling using dynamic parameterization with data assimilation'
Olbert AI, Ragnoli E, Nash S, Hartnett M (2016) 'Turbulence modelling using dynamic parameterization with data assimilation'. Journal Of Hydraulic Research, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Towards a Low-Cost Modelling System for Optimising the Layout of Tidal Turbine Arrays'
Nash, S,Olbert, AI,Hartnett, M (2015) 'Towards a Low-Cost Modelling System for Optimising the Layout of Tidal Turbine Arrays'. Energies, 8 :13521-13539 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Sea level rise in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel and impacts of a Severn Barrage'
Ahmadian, R,Olbert, AI,Hartnett, M,Falconer, RA (2014) 'Sea level rise in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel and impacts of a Severn Barrage'. Computers & Geosciences, 66 :94-105 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'The effects of array configuration on the hydro-environmental impacts of tidal turbines'
Fallon D, Hartnett M, Olbert AI and Nash S (2014) 'The effects of array configuration on the hydro-environmental impacts of tidal turbines'. Renewable Energy, 64 :10-25 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Regional modelling of the 21st century climate changes in the Irish Sea'
Olbert, AI;Dabrowski, T;Nash, S;Hartnett, M (2012) 'Regional modelling of the 21st century climate changes in the Irish Sea'. Continental Shelf Research, 41 :48-60 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Long-term inter-annual variability of a cyclonic gyre in the western Irish Sea'
Olbert, AI;Hartnett, M;Dabrowski, T;Mikolajewicz, U (2011) 'Long-term inter-annual variability of a cyclonic gyre in the western Irish Sea'. Continental Shelf Research, 31 :1343-1356 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Determination of flushing characteristics of the Irish Sea: A spatial approach'
Dabrowski, T;Hartnett, M;Olbert, AI (2012) 'Determination of flushing characteristics of the Irish Sea: A spatial approach'. Computers & Geosciences, 45 :250-260 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Tide-surge interactions and their effects on total sea levels in Irish coastal waters'
Olbert, AI;Nash, S;Cunnane, C;Hartnett, M (2013) 'Tide-surge interactions and their effects on total sea levels in Irish coastal waters'. Ocean Dynamics, 63 :599-614 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Tide-surge interactions and their effects on total sea levels in Irish coastal waters'
Olbert, AI,Nash, S,Cunnane, C,Hartnett, M (2013) 'Tide-surge interactions and their effects on total sea levels in Irish coastal waters'. Ocean Dynamics, 63 :599-614 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Determination of flushing characteristics of the Irish Sea: A spatial approach'
Dabrowski, T,Hartnett, M,Olbert, AI (2012) 'Determination of flushing characteristics of the Irish Sea: A spatial approach'. Computers & Geosciences, 45 :250-260 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Regional modelling of the 21st century climate changes in the Irish Sea'
Olbert, AI,Dabrowski, T,Nash, S,Hartnett, M (2012) 'Regional modelling of the 21st century climate changes in the Irish Sea'. Continental Shelf Research, 41 :48-60 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Long-term inter-annual variability of a cyclonic gyre in the western Irish Sea'
Olbert, AI,Hartnett, M,Dabrowski, T,Mikolajewicz, U (2011) 'Long-term inter-annual variability of a cyclonic gyre in the western Irish Sea'. Continental Shelf Research, 31 :1343-1356 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'A new formula to calculate residence times of tidal waterbodies'
Hartnett, M;Dabrowski, T;Olbert, AI (2011) 'A new formula to calculate residence times of tidal waterbodies'. Proceedings Of The Institution Of Civil Engineers-Water Management, 164 :243-256 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'A new formula to calculate residence times of tidal waterbodies'
Hartnett, M,Dabrowski, T,Olbert, AI (2011) 'A new formula to calculate residence times of tidal waterbodies'. Proceedings Of The Institution Of Civil Engineers-Water Management, 164 :243-256 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'An integrated approach to trophic assessment of coastal waters incorporating measurement, modelling and water quality classification'
Hartnett M, Nash S, Olbert AI (2011) 'An integrated approach to trophic assessment of coastal waters incorporating measurement, modelling and water quality classification'. Estuarine Coastal And Shelf Science, [Details]
(2010) 'Influence of seasonal circulation on flushing of the Irish Sea'
Dabrowski, T;Hartnett, M;Olbert, AI (2010) 'Influence of seasonal circulation on flushing of the Irish Sea'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 60 :748-758 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Assessment of Tc-99 monitoring within the western Irish Sea using a numerical model'
Olbert, AI;Hartnett, M;Dabrowski, T (2010) 'Assessment of Tc-99 monitoring within the western Irish Sea using a numerical model'. Science Of The Total Environment, 408 :3671-3682 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Storms and surges in Irish coastal waters'
Olbert, AI;Hartnett, M (2010) 'Storms and surges in Irish coastal waters'. Ocean Modelling, 34 :50-62 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Influence of seasonal circulation on flushing of the Irish Sea'
Dabrowski, T,Hartnett, M,Olbert, AI (2010) 'Influence of seasonal circulation on flushing of the Irish Sea'. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 60 :748-758 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Effects of complex hydrodynamic processes on the horizontal and vertical distribution of Tc-99 in the Irish Sea'
Olbert, AI;Hartnett, M;Dabrowski, T;Kelleher, K (2010) 'Effects of complex hydrodynamic processes on the horizontal and vertical distribution of Tc-99 in the Irish Sea'. Science Of The Total Environment, 409 :150-161 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Effects of complex hydrodynamic processes on the horizontal and vertical distribution of Tc-99 in the Irish Sea'
Olbert, AI,Hartnett, M,Dabrowski, T,Kelleher, K (2010) 'Effects of complex hydrodynamic processes on the horizontal and vertical distribution of Tc-99 in the Irish Sea'. Science Of The Total Environment, 409 :150-161 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Storms and surges in Irish coastal waters'
Olbert, AI,Hartnett, M (2010) 'Storms and surges in Irish coastal waters'. Ocean Modelling, 34 :50-62 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Assessment of Tc-99 monitoring within the western Irish Sea using a numerical model'
Olbert, AI,Hartnett, M,Dabrowski, T (2010) 'Assessment of Tc-99 monitoring within the western Irish Sea using a numerical model'. Science Of The Total Environment, 408 :3671-3682 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2020) Irish National Hydrology Conference 2020
JIM Kirkpatrick, S Nash, M Hartnett, J Comer, AI Olbert (2020) Interactions, mechanisms and impact of future coastal urban flooding. A case study of Cork City Irish National Hydrology Conference 2020 [Details]
(2020) CERI 2020
Md Galal Uddin Stephen Nash, Agnieszka I. Olbert (2020) Application of Water Quality Index Models to an Irish Estuary CERI 2020 [Details]
(2020) Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020
Olbert AI, Comer J, Nash S, Hartnett M (2020) Effects of multiple flood drivers on urban flooding due to joint coastal and fluvial mechanisms Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 [Details]
(2020) Civil Engineering Research Ireland (CERI) 2020
Uddin G, Olbert AI, Nash S (2020) Assessment of Water Quality Using Water Quality Index (WQI) Models and Advanced Geostatistical technique Civil Engineering Research Ireland (CERI) 2020 [Details]
(2018) CERI 2018
Jennifer Kirkpatrick, Agnieszka Indiana Olbert (2018) The Effect of Climate Change on Flooding in Cork City CERI 2018 [Details]
(2015) Proceedings of the 2015 National Hydrology Conference, Athlone, 17th November 2015
Olbert AI, Comer J, Nash S, Hartnett M (2015) Mechanisms of flooding in Cork City Proceedings of the 2015 National Hydrology Conference, Athlone, 17th November 2015 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) 2013 OCEANS - SAN DIEGO
Olbert, AI;Nash, S;Ragnoli, E;Hartnett, M (2013) Turbulence modelling using 3DVAR data assimilation in laboratory conditions 2013 OCEANS - SAN DIEGO [Details]
(2013) 2013 OCEANS - SAN DIEGO
Olbert, AI,Nash, S,Ragnoli, E,Hartnett, M, (2013) Turbulence modelling using 3DVAR data assimilation in laboratory conditions 2013 OCEANS - SAN DIEGO [Details]
(2014) 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics
Olbert AI, Nash S, Ragnoli E, Hartnett M (2014) Parameterization of turbulence models using 3DVAR data 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) Oceans 2013 IEEE/MTS conference ‘An ocean in common’, September 23-26, San Diego, 1-9
Olbert AI, Nash S, Ragnoli R, Hartnett M (2013) Turbulence modelling using 3DVAR data assimilation in laboratory conditions Oceans 2013 IEEE/MTS conference ‘An ocean in common’, September 23-26, San Diego, 1-9 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 1, 1670
Olbert AI, Ragnoli, E, Nash, S, Hartnett, M (2013) Parametrization of turbulence models using 3DVAR data assimilation in laboratory conditions American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 1, 1670 [Details]
(2011) Balance and Uncertainty: Water in a Changing World. 34th IAHR World Congress 6 June – 1 July, 2011. Brisbane, Australia. Paper no. 825, 4576pp
Olbert AI, Hartnett M, Dabrowski T (2011) Cyclonic Circulation in the Western Irish Sea in Future Climate Balance and Uncertainty: Water in a Changing World. 34th IAHR World Congress 6 June – 1 July, 2011. Brisbane, Australia. Paper no. 825, 4576pp [ARAN Link] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2018 Best Environmental Paper Award CERI conference
2016 Irish Marine Industry Award for Excellence in Marine Research Irish Marine Industry
2014 Science Foundation Ireland Advance Award Science Foundation Ireland
2013 Energy Night ‘Best Presentation’ award NUIG Energy Society
2011 Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council
2011 Four travel awards EPA, NUIG
2009 ‘Best Presentation’ award, Ryan Institute Research Day NUIG Ryan Institute

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
American Geophysical Union Member /
Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association Member /
International Association of Hydro-Environmental Engineering and Research Member /
Engineers Ireland Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Programme Director Project and Construction Management (BCM) Programme Director 01-SEP-20 /
Project and Construction Management Programme Board Committee member 01-SEP-20 /
Equality and Diversity Committe Committee member 01-SEP-17 /
SFI MaREI Centre AR1 Committee member 01-SEP-17 /
Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team Committee member 01-SEP-17 /
Civil Engineering Outreach Committee Committee member 01-SEP-16 /
Marketing Committee in College of Engineering and Informatics Committee member 01-SEP-16 /
Graduate Research Committee Committee member 01-SEP-16 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2001 Wroclaw University of Technology Msc Environmental Engineering
2006 National University of Ireland PhD Civil Engineering

Teaching Interests

hydraulics; numerical modelling; hydrology and water resources; water quality; project management; structural engineering
  
  

Current Postgraduate Students (Taught)

  Name Degree Primary Supervisor
Matthew Scanlon

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2018 Anuj Agarwal
2018 Jennifer Kirkpatrick
2020 Orla Obrien

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Md Galal Uddin Doctorate - Structured Ph.D (Engineering) Supervisor

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2020-2021 Water Quality CE6107
2020-2021 Fundamentals of Engineering EI140
Semester 1 2017-2018 Hydraulics II CE3113
Semester 1 2017-2018 Project Management CE471
MSc in Water Resources Engineering Hydrological Modelling CE6106
2017-2019 Engineering Computing CT1110