Home-Grown Boy Joins Metocean Solutions

Dr Christo Rautenbach.

Metocean Solutions has welcomed Dr Christo Rautenbach to their team. Christo is a physical oceanographer and will be joining their MetOcean Research and Development team, based in Raglan, New Zealand.

Christo is an applied mathematician who became an oceanographer. He completed most of his studies in Applied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa where he specialized in fluid dynamics. Thereafter he completed his first Ph.D. (Engineering) at the University of Southeast Norway. On his return to South Africa, he started working in the coastal systems research group. His focus was on coastal sediment studies, morphology and coastal vulnerability assessments. Migrating from research to consultancy, he gained experience on a vast range of topics, from cyclone modelling (winds, waves, storm surge) to dredge plume dispersion modelling.

Before joining MetOcean, Christo was leading the technical development of the first operational marine platform for Southern Africa at the South African Weather Service, where he focussed on regional wave, tide and storm surge forecasting. That was also the topic of his second Ph.D. (in Oceanography), which he should complete next year.

At MetOcean, he will be working on improving wave hindcasting and forecasting capabilities.

“We are happy to welcome Christo to the MetOcean Research and Development Team (MRD). His arrival helps to increase the team’s expertise in both circulation and wave modelling,” says Dr João Marcos, MetOcean’s Research and Development Science Team Leader. “The experience he acquired during the development and management of the first operational forecast system for South Africa will be invaluable to current and future projects within the MRD team.”

In his free time, Christo loves to be outdoors and due to this he is a motivated trail runner. He is also an artist.

“I am honoured and excited to start my new life season with a world renowned company like MetOcean Solutions” said Christo.

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