Trevor Harris

Dr Trevor Harris


School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Trevor J Harris is the Chief Science Officer at FrazerLab Pty. Ltd., where he undertakes research and studies into propagation and natural environment issues in support of advanced high-frequency radars and support systems. This includes investigations into advanced capabilities and required support systems, propagation modelling, and capability assessment.

Dr Harris is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group within the Physics Department, University of Adelaide, where he researches ionospheric physics topics and advises and assists the post-graduate research program and student education.

Dr Harris joined the Department of Defence, Australia, in 1987, researching scientific aspects affecting high-frequency (HF) radar and communications and the interactions with emerging technologies and new capabilities. He remained there for over 30 years, gaining experience in remote sensing, experimentation, modelling, analysis and interpretation of the upper atmosphere and near-space environment and its impacts on capabilities and missions. During this time, he has worked on spread Doppler clutter, travelling ionospheric disturbances, HF communications, regional engagement, and national and international collaborations. He has been deeply involved in over-the-horizon radar coordinate registration research (registering radar time-of-flight measurements to ground coordinates), ionospheric specification, and the production of the operational near-real-time regional ionospheric model currently used in the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), and its improvements through JORN Phases 3 to 6.

Over the last ten years, his research has concentrated on observation and modelling of ionospheric dynamics over varying time and spatial scales focusing on disturbances and asymmetries in the ionosphere. He has undertaken extensive international collaborations with the military over-the-horizon radar community, the HF communications community, and the scientific research and development community. He has received various Department of Defence commendations and medals for work with over-the-horizon radar.

Dr Harris has been on the program and organising committees for numerous physics conferences, has contributed over 100 presentations and papers in his field, including as co-author to a book chapter on ionospheric effects on HF propagation, and supervised several PhD/MPhil students. He is a regular reviewer for international scientific journals and open access publications. He is an active participant in the TIGER consortium (the southern hemisphere component of the international Super Dual Auroral Radar Network, SuperDARN, research group). He is the current Co-Chair of the Australian Institute of Physics National Committee on Solar-Terrestrial and Space Physics and the National Committee on Space and Radio Science representative in Commission-G of URSI (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale, the premier international body for radio science).

Dr Harris received the Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) from James Cook University, North Queensland, in 1985, with a double major in Physics and Mathematics. His BSc Honours in 1986 was in Oceanography using an HF surface-wave radar. He gained his PhD degree in 1994 from the University of Adelaide in Atmospheric Physics. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Physics and the American Geophysical Union.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Pederick, L., Harris, T., MacKinnon, A., & Reid, I. (2021). Response of a Polarimetric Antenna to Ionospherically Propagated Signals. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 69(11), 1.
    2019 Gardiner-Garden, R., Cervera, M., Debnam, R., Harris, T., Heitmann, A., Holdsworth, D., . . . Warne, G. (2019). A description of the Elevation sensitive Oblique Incidence Sounder Experiment (ELOISE). Advances in Space Research, 64(10), 1887-1914.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2017 Harris, T. J., & Pederick, L. H. (2017). A Robust Automatic Ionospheric O/X Mode Separation Technique for Vertical Incidence Sounders. Radio Science, 52(12), 1534-1543.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS10
    2017 Harris, T. J., Cervera, M. A., Pederick, L. H., & Quinn, A. D. (2017). Separation of O/X Polarization Modes on Oblique Ionospheric Soundings. Radio Science, 52(12), 1522-1533.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS10
    2017 Pederick, L., Cervera, M., & Harris, T. (2017). Interpreting Observations of Large-Scale Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances by Ionospheric Sounders. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122(12), 12556-12569.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9
    2016 Harris, T. J., Quinn, A. D., & Pederick, L. H. (2016). The DST group ionospheric sounder replacement for JORN. Radio Science, 51(6), 563-572.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS17
    2014 Cervera, M., & Harris, T. (2014). Modeling ionospheric disturbance features in quasi-vertically incident ionograms using 3-D magnetoionic ray tracing and atmospheric gravity waves. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 119(1), 431-440.
    DOI Scopus54 WoS56
    2012 Harris, T., Cervera, M., & Meehan, D. (2012). SpICE: a program to study small-scale disturbances in the ionosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117(A6), A06321-1-A06321-12.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS21
    2008 Lynn, K. J. W., Gardiner-Garden, R., Sjarifudin, M., Terkildsen, M., Shi, J., & Harris, T. J. (2008). Large-scale travelling atmospheric disturbances in the night ionosphere during the solar-terrestrial event of 23 May 2002. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 70(17), 2184-2195.
    DOI Scopus8
    2007 Sojka, J. J., Thompson, D. C., Scherliess, L., Schunk, R. W., & Harris, T. J. (2007). Assessing models for ionospheric weather specifications over Australia during the 2004 Climate and Weather of the Sun-Earth-System (CAWSES) campaign. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 112(9), n/a.
    DOI Scopus14
    2006 Lynn, K. J. W., Harris, T. J., & Sjarifudin, M. (2006). Relationships between electron density, height and sub-peak ionospheric thickness in the night equatorial ionosphere. Annales Geophysicae, 24(5), 1343-1353.
    DOI Scopus12
    2004 Lynn, K. J. W., Sjarifudin, M., Harris, T. J., & Le Huy, M. (2004). Combined TOPEX/Poseidon TEC and ionosonde observations of negative low-latitude ionospheric storms. Annales Geophysicae, 22(8), 2837-2847.
    DOI Scopus18
    2000 Lynn, K. J. W., Harris, T. J., & Sjarifudin, M. (2000). Stratification of the F<inf>2</inf> layer observed in Southeast Asia. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 105(A12), 27147-27156.
    DOI Scopus50
    1997 Harris, T., & Vincent, R. (1997). A minimal coherence time for the solar tides in the middle atmosphere. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 59(10), 1179-1196.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    1995 Poole, L. M. G., & Harris, T. J. (1995). The propagation of the mesospheric two-day wave in the southern hemisphere. Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, 57(13), 1661-1666.
    DOI Scopus6
    1994 Harris, T. J. (1994). A long-term study of the quasi-two-day wave in the middle atmosphere. Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, 56(5), 569-579.
    DOI Scopus73
    1993 Schlapp, D. M., & Harris, T. J. (1993). Lunar tidal analysis of 6 yr of mesospheric wind data at Adelaide. Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics, 55(13), 1629-1635.
    DOI Scopus8
    1993 Harris, T. J., & Vincent, R. A. (1993). The quasi-two-day wave observed in the equatorial middle atmosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research, 98(D6), 10481-10490.
    DOI Scopus95 WoS98
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 Cervera, M. A., Harris, T. J., Holdsworth, D. A., & Netherway, D. J. (2021). Ionospheric Effects on HF Radio Wave Propagation. In Ionosphere Dynamics and Applications (pp. 441-492). Wiley.
    DOI Scopus2
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 Unewisse, A., Cervera, M., Pederick, L., Harris, T., & Cool, A. (2016). Airglow observations from ELOISE. In Proceedings of the 16th Australian Space Research Conference (2016) (pp. 139-150). Sydney, NSW: National Space Society of Australia.
    2015 Harris, T. J., Quinn, A. D., & Lindsay, L. M. (2015). The DSTO ionospheric sounder replacement for JORN. In 2015 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference, URSI AT-RASC 2015. IEEE.
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Determining the Angle of Arrival of Ionospherically-Propagated HF Radio Signals using Compact Polarimetric Antennas Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Lenard Hume Pederick
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2019 Co-Supervisor A New Empirical Climatological Model of ionospheric foF2 and hmF2 and Review of the International Reference Ionosphere Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Daniel James Field

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