Third year PhD candidate wins the Australasian Hydrographic Society education award

@JCU Third year PhD candidate wins the Australasian Hydrographic Society education award

Kay Critchell

Kay Critchell (pictured) has been announced as this year's recipient of the Australasian Hydrographic Society education award. 

The Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) is a learned non-profit society that promotes the science of hydrography and marine exploration. The Society is made up of members who are either practicing or retired hydrographic surveyors, and those that have an interest in hydrography.

“My research focuses on using hydrodynamic modelling to locate potential plastic pollution hot spots in the Whitsunday region,” Ms Critchell said.

“I aim to developing a methodology that can be used all over the world at management relevant scales.”

Congratulations, Kay!


The Society has a long-established fund that provides an annual award to a deserving student that, in the opinion of the Society, is researching a subject within the science of hydrography, or very closely related area, that will eventually provide a lasting benefit to the science. The award is open to students studying, or proposing to study, within a broad range of maritime disciplines including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:

* Hydrography - Nautical Charting - Surveying at Sea

* Coastal Studies - Coastal Zone Management

* Offshore Resource Surveys and Management

* Port Development and Maritime Engineering

* Law of the Sea

* Marine Cartography

* Environmental Studies

* Marine Geology and Geophysics

The award is for the amount of AUD$3500, and is provided at the beginning of each year, during January to April. The AHS Education Awards Panel administers the Award.

The Panel, in selecting suitable applicants, use the following official definition of hydrography from the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in their determination:

“Hydrography is the branch of applied sciences which deals with the measurement and description of the physical features of oceans, seas, coastal areas, lakes and rivers, as well as with the prediction of their change over time, for the primary purpose of safety of navigation and in support of all other maritime activities, including economic development, security and defence, scientific research, and environmental protection."

Applications for grants under the AHS Education Award will be accepted only from nationals and persons with official permanent residential status of the following nations:

Australia, New Zealand, East Timor, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, whether the applicant is studying at home or abroad.

The AHS Education Awards Panel invites submissions from students to apply for the award. Students can make their applications through their website: