Björn Backeberg is a physical oceanographer and project manager with 10+ years of experience in research and development focusing on numerical modelling, data assimilation and the development of decision support tools for stakeholders and end-users.
He has a PhD in numerical ocean modelling from the University of Cape Town, where he also worked as a Research Officer before moving to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). As in Principal Researcher in the CSIR’s Coastal Systems Research Group, he played a strategic leadership role, developing, conceptualising and leading large R&D and industrial projects. He has a broad network of international collaborators, including the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Bergen, Norway, where he holds an adjunct research position. In this capacity, from 2013-2018, I served as Director of the Nansen-Tutu Centre, a South African – Norwegian joint venture in marine environmental research and training.
Backeberg currently works at the Deltares Software Centre where he assists with the development and implementation of new innovative capabilities in Deltares’ simulation software and data analysis tools. This includes building capacity towards adopting cloud computing technologies in producing regional and global scale data analytics and decision support tools.