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Dr Heidarzadeh leads the Coastal Engineering and Resilience LAB (CERLAB), devoted to cutting-edge research on infrastructure resilience to extreme natural hazards (tsunami, earthquake, storm, hurricane, landslide), their cascading hazards and risks, and training of next generation of Coastal and Hydraulic engineers. Having published 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as more than 100 conference publications, Dr Heidarzadeh and his team have made significant contribution to researches on the resilience of infrastructure systems to tsunamis, storms, earthquakes, landslides, and flooding. See the full list of his peer-reviewed journal articles here (click here). For more information abour CERLAB, ongoing projects, team members and other updates see here.    

Dr Mohammad Heidarzadeh is an international figure on tsunamis and earthquakes and was elected as the Secretary General of the Joint Tsunami Commission (JTC) of IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics) in July 2019 during the IUGG general assembly in Montreal, Canada. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng), a member of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE), a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (C.WEM), and a member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (MCIWEM). 

Dr Heidarzadeh is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Civil Engineering, specializing in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering. 


Dr Heidarzadeh is missioned at the resilience of infrastructure to multi-hazards such as tsunamis, storms, earthquakes, landslides and flooding and associated cascading risks. His research activities cover areas from fundamental mechanics and dynamics of natural hazards to developing resilient infrastructure systems. See the full list of Dr Heidarzadeh's publications here: https://www.oceanblogs.org/earthquakeandtsunami/full-publication-list/

Dr Heidarzadeh is an active expert on Global-Challenge Researches on extreme geo-environmental hazards worldwide and is the PI (Principal Investigator) of the GCRF (Global Challenge Research Fund) project with Indonesia on earthquakes and tsunamis, a Co-I of another GCRF project with India on tsunamis, a Co-I of a project with Dominica (Caribbean Sea) on storms, and a Co-I of a project on Indonesia future tsunami risks.

Some of his research topics are:

  • Instrumentation and monitoring of infrastructure systems
  • Infrastructure resilience to multi-hazards and cascading risks
  • Remote sensing for critical infrastructure resilience
  • Global tsunami/earthquake hazards and risks to critical infrastructure
  • Physical and numerical modeling of landslide tsunamis
  • Meteo-tsunamis in the UK and associated risks to infrastructure
  • Mechanics of landslide-generated waves
  • Hydraulics of landslide-generated waves in dam reservoirs

Research projects and grants:

PI: GCRF project "Building earthquake and tsunami resilience in Indonesia". Funder: Royal Society UK. Time: 2019-2023. (link: https://sites.google.com/view/tsuindonesia)

Co-I: Lloyds' project "Future Indonesian Tsunamis: Towards End-to-end Risk quantification (FITTER)". Funder: Lloyds, UK. Time: 2019-2022. (link: https://www.turing.ac.uk/research/research-projects/future-indonesian-tsunamis-towards-end-end-risk-quantification-fitter)

Co-I: NERC project "Hurricane Maria and Dominica: geomorphological change and infrastructure damage surveys". Funder: NERC UK. Time: 2018-2019. (link: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=NE%2FR016968%2F1)

Co-I: GCRF NERC project "Tsunami risk for the Western Indian Ocean: steps toward the integration of science into policy and practice". Funder: NERC UK. Time: 2017-2018.

PI: BRIM project "Understanding the contribution of cascading effects during storms to the vulnerability of UK coastal transport infrastructures". Funder: BRIM/EPSRC UK. Time: 2018.

PI: JSPS project "A comprehensive analysis of the twin Indonesian tsunamis in September and December 2018". Funder: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Time: 2019.

PI: GBSF project "Interaction of earthquake and typhoon hazards: intensification of the damage from September 2018 Hokkaido earthquake due to the heavy rainfall from Typhoon Jebi". Funder: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF). Time: 2019.

Co-I: M2D project "Potential large tsunami hazards associated with landslide failure along the West coast of India: from uncertainties to planning decisions". Funder: Models to Decisions (M2D), NERC/EPSRC/ESRC. Time: 2018.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Dr Heidarzadeh has an outstanding PhD supervision records as his past and current PhD stusdents have published several articles out of their PhD works in top-class international journals. This is due to Dr Heidarzadeh's dedication and hard works to ensure that his PhD students receive approperiate attention, support and education during their PhD courses. Examples of his past PhD students and their publications are:

Mr Ramtin Sabeti (current PhD student) has published the folwoing articles:

Mr Keith Adams (current PhD student) has published the folwoing articles:

Dr Yuchen Wang (co-supevised with Prof Kenji Satake at the University of Tokyo, Japan) has published the folwoing articles:

Dr Heidarzadeh has supervised several PhD students in the past and is willing to supervise new PhD students on the following topics:

  • Infrastructure resilience to multi-hazards and cascading risks
  • Remote sensing for infrastructure resilience
  • Physical and numerical modeling of landslide tsunamis
  • Instrumentation for monitoring of critical infrastructure
  • Global tsunami/earthquake hazards and risks to critical infrastructure
  • Meteo-tsunamis in the UK and associated risks to infrastructure
  • Mechanics of landslide-generated waves
  • Hydraulics of landslide-generated waves in dam reservoirs
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)

If you are interested to do a PhD with Dr Heidarzadeh, get in touch with him, and he is happy to discuss with you a topic that is suitable for you.  

Other responsibilities

- Secretary General, International Tsunami Committee, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (https://tsunamicommission.ipma.pt/officers/)

- Grant Panel member, The Royal Society (UK) (https://royalsociety.org/about-us/committees/international-exchanges-committee-145/)

- Editor, Results in Engineering (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/results-in-engineering/editorial-board)

- Editor, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/jmse/editors)

- Editor, Sustainable Marine Structures (http://ojs.nassg.org/index.php/sms/about/editorialTeam)

- Guest Editor, Natural Hazards and Earth Science Systems (https://www.natural-hazards-and-earth-system-sciences.net/articles_and_preprints/scheduled_sis.html)

- Guest Editor, Environmental Earth Science (https://www.springer.com/journal/12665/updates/19693738)

- Guest Editor, Coastal Engineering Journal (https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/special_issues/coastal-disasters-asia-forecasting/?utm_source=TFO&utm_medium=cms&utm_campaign=JPG15743)

- Review Editor, Frontiers in Earth Science, Geohazards and Georisks (https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/earth-science/sections/geohazards-and-georisks#editorial-board)

Teaching interests

Dr Heidarzadeh is an outstanding engineering lecturer through his unique teaching philosophy which combines theory and practice. His engineering lectures are well supported by his tremendous engineering practical experience and hands-on practical sessions. Dr Heidarzadeh has achieved the highest teaching qualifications in the United Kingdom and is a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

In addition to his formal teaching activities at the university, Dr Heidarzadeh is an active public educator and frequently appears on world's Radios and TV stations to contribute to international natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides and infrastructure resilience to such hazards. Some of the photos below show him while live commenting on TVs. The links to a few of his public TV interviews are listed below:

Live TV interview on Sky-News (Sep 2021): https://www.dropbox.com/s/fysd59zbr221zcu/SkyNews-2021-09-03.MOV?dl=0

Live TV interview on Sky-News (Feb 2020): https://www.dropbox.com/s/4pbfeueqxp2r77m/Dr-Heidarzadeh-SkyNews-2020-02-18.PNG?dl=0

Live TV interview on Sky-News (December 2019): https://drheidarzadehlab.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/cr_mohammad_volcano_iv_101219-1.mp4

Live TV interview on Canadian TV (December 2019): https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1850297

Live TV interview on BBC (October 2019): https://www.dropbox.com/s/xjj6a4a693c9jya/6-Live-TV-Typhoon-Hagibis-Dr-Heidarzadeh.MOV?dl=0

Live TV interview on Sky-News (August 2019): https://www.dropbox.com/s/wifi5xn0rszrfrj/4-Sky-News-Whaley-Bridge-Dam-2nd-August-2019-Dr-Heidarzadeh.MOV?dl=0 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Civil Engineering (post-doctorate), Post-Doctorate , University of Tokyo

1 Apr 201131 Mar 2016

Award Date: 31 Mar 2016

Civil Engineering (Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering), Doctor of Engineering, Numerical modelling of tsunamis and tsunami hazard and risk assessment on infrastructure, University of Tehran

1 Sept 20041 Jun 2009

Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

Civil Engineering (Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering), Master of Engineering, Water sealing of the foundation of embankment dams using grouting techniques, University of Tehran

1 Sept 20021 Sept 2004

Award Date: 1 Sept 2004

Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology

1 Sept 19981 Sept 2002

Award Date: 1 Sept 2002

External positions

Member of Grant Committee, The Royal Society

1 Jan 202331 Dec 2025

Secretary General of the International Tsunami Commission (https://tsunamicommission.ipma.pt/officers/), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

15 Jul 2019 → …


  • Infrastructure monitoring
  • Civil Engineering
  • Hydraulics
  • Storm surge
  • Landslide
  • Earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Climate Resilience
  • Cascading Risks
  • Sustainable Design
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Sustainable Development
  • Coastal protection
  • Flood resilience

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