Director, Centre for Water Research
Professor of Environmental Engineering, The University of Western Australia
Jörg Imberger is the Director of the Centre for Water Research and Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he is a Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow. Imberger received his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and became Professor of Environmental Engineering at UWA in 1979.
His main research interests are in the motion and mixing in lakes, estuaries and coastal seas in response to both natural forces such as tides, meteorological surface fluxes, river inflows and outflows as well as anthropogenic forces such as effluent buoyant jets, bubble plumes and mechanical mixers, the effect of such motions and mixing on ecological systems residing in the water bodies and the application of this combined knowledge to the sustainable management of such water bodies.
Professor Imberger is an internationally recognized and respected environmental engineer. Last year he was named an Inaugural Fellow of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society and in 2008 he received the Western Australia Scientist of the Year award. Other recent recognitions include election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Geophysical Union. The 2007 ASLO Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award was also awarded to Imberger for his work on physical limnology. In 1996 he was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize and in 1995 the Onassis Prize for the Environment for his contribution to environmental issues. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering, the Institution of Engineers Australia, the International Water Academy and the Argentinean Academy of Engineering. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 1996 was awarded the Western Australian Citizen of the Year.