Mitchell is a leading researcher in the field of continental shelf dynamics, wave climates, coastal modelling and real-time early warning systems for coastal hazards.
Dr. Mitchell Harley specialises in the field of coastal morphodynamics, wave climatology, coastal modelling and early warning systems for coastal hazards. His research has led to a number of seminal publications in distinguished journals such as the Journal of Geophysical Research, the International Journal of Climatology, Coastal Engineering, Geomorphology and Natural Hazards Earth System Sciences, and is cited in the latest IPCC report on impacts, adaption and vulnerability to climate change. He completed his doctorate in Environmental Engineering at UNSW in 2004 and, in 2005, relocated to Italy to undertake research as part of several key European Union research projects on coastal hazards and coastal storm risks.
In 2013, he was invited to lead an international short course on coastal modelling and coastal geohazards at the Korean Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) in Daejeon, South Korea. Since 2015, he has been working at UNSW as part of a three-year Australian Research Council research project on measuring and modelling coastal storm erosion and recovery using process-based and behavioural numerical models.