Mohammad Heidarzadeh

Dr, CEng, MICE, C.WEM, MCIWEM, FHEA

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Introduction

Featured article: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2022.112165

Our new study shows that the deadly and global-reaching tsunami generated by the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai volcano in January 2022 was as high as 90 m. Full story here in our article: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2022.112165 

Dr Mohammad Heidarzadeh is the Secretary General of the International Tsunami Commission (ITC) affiliated to the IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics) who was elected for this position in July 2019. 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. Having published 91 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as more than 100 conference publications, Dr Heidarzadeh has 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).

Research 

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/)

- 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).  

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 (Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering), Doctor of Engineering, University of Tehran

1 Sep 20041 Jun 2009

Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

Civil Engineering (Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering), Master of Engineering, University of Tehran

1 Sep 20021 Sep 2004

Award Date: 1 Sep 2004

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

1 Sep 19981 Sep 2002

Award Date: 1 Sep 2002

External positions

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

15 Jul 2019 → …

Keywords

  • Coastal Engineering
  • Tsunami
  • Earthquake
  • Storm surge
  • Landslide
  • Dam Engineering
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Infrastructure
  • Resilience
  • Cascading Risks
  • Civil Engineering
  • Coast
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Design
  • sustainability

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