Steinberg, Craig

Craig Steinberg

Oceanography and Coastal Impacts Research Team Leader of the Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia & the IMOS Australian National Mooring Network Facility Leader and Satellite Remote Sensing sub-facilty manager

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Phone (07) 4753 4345
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Craig Steinberg has 30 years experience as a physical oceanographer undertaking research in inter-disciplinary studies at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). This involves observation, analysis and numerical modeling from scales that range from individual reefs to seas of phenomena ranging from waves to large-scale ocean circulation.


BSc (Hons), Meteorology and Oceanography, Flinders University, South Australia, Australia, 1983


Investigating the role of upwelling, warming and mixing on the oceans' temperature structure with application to productivity hot spots and coral bleaching. The work combines the use of in situ observations, remote sensing and hydrodynamic modeling to address key coral reef and shelf circulation processes.
A significant role is managing the implementation and delivery of the Queensland and Northern Australian Integrated Marine Observing System Mooring and Satellite Remote Sensing sub-facilities


IMOS ANMN Steering Committee Chair 
AMOS Physical Oceanographic Expert Group Member 
Forum for Operational Oceanography expert working group member surface currents and surface waves


Wyatt LR, Mantovanelli A, Heron ML, Roughan M, Steinberg CR (2017) Assessment of Surface Currents Measured With High-Frequency Phased-Array Radars in Two Regions of Complex Circulation, in IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, vol.PP, no.99,pp.1-22. doi: 10.1109/JOE.2017.2704165

Benthuysen JA, Tonin H, Brinkman R, Herzfeld M, Steinberg C (2016) Intrusive upwelling in the Central Great Barrier Reef, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC012294.

Rigby P, Steinberg CR, Williams DK, Brinkman G, Brinkman R, Tonin H, Hughes D (2014) Real-time marine observing systems: Challenges, benefits and opportunities in Australian coastal waters. Australian Journal of Civil Engineering 12(1) 83-99,

Ganachaud A, Cravatte S, Melet A, Schiller A, Holbrook NJ, Sloyan BM, Widlansky MJ, Bowen M, Verron J, Wiles P, Ridgway K, Sutton P, Sprintall J, Steinberg C, Brassington G, Cai W, Davis R, Gasparin F, Gourdeau L, Hasegawa T, Kessler W, Maes C, Takahashi K, Richards KJ, Send U (2014) The Southwest Pacific Ocean circulation and climate experiment (SPICE) Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. DOI: 10.1002/2013JC009678

Weeks SJ, Steinberg C, Congdon BC (2013) Oceanography and seabird foraging: within-season impacts of increasing sea-surface temperature on the Great Barrier Reef. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 490:247-254

Leahy SM, MJ Kingsford, CR Steinberg (2013) Do clouds save the Great Barrier Reef? Satellite imagery elucidates the cloud-SST relationship at the local scale. PLoS ONE 8 (7), e70400.

Berkelmans R, Weeks SJ, Steinberg CR (2010) Upwelling linked to warm summers and bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Limnology and Oceanography 55:1849-1856.

Heron SF, Steinberg CR, Heron ML, Mantovanelli A, Jaffres JBD, Skirving WJ, McAllister F, Rigby P, Wisdom D, Bainbridge S (2010) Advancing ocean monitoring near coral reefs. EOS Transactions 91:369380.

Schiller A, Ridgway KR, Steinberg CR, Oke PR (2009), Dynamics of Three Anomalous SST Events in the Coral Sea. Geophys. Res. Letters 36: L06606.

Steinberg C (2007) Impacts of climate change on the physical oceanography of the Great Barrier Reef, pp 51-74. In Johnson JE and Marshall PA [eds.], Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority & Australian Greenhouse Office.