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Coastal Hazards Group

The Coastal Hazards Group in CCiBSE specialises in understanding the interaction of extreme seas with the built environment. The research develops an understanding of the forces, sediment scours, and other failure modes at coastal structures, helping engineers to mitigate the effects of extreme coastal inundations. This is achieved through a combination of physical and numerical modelling techniques.

The Group lead is Dr David McGovern Academic Staff 

David has expertise in physical modelling of sediment scour, and fluid structure interactions.

Members :

Dr Keith Adams - Academic Staff

Keith researches cascading hazard risk, with focus on storm surge, extreme events, earthquake, landslides and tsunami. Linear infrastructure and heritage structures are of particular interest.

Mr Carlos Gonzalo - Academic staff

Carlos has expertise in fluid mechanics and innovation development.

Dr Sabana Parvin – KTP PDRA

Sabana is the KTP PDRA working on the TSuTwin Project. She has a PhD in Mathematics and expertise in CFD.

Mrs Niki Soleimani - PhD scholar - Research students

Niki is a PGR scholar Jan 2024 – 2027 researching tsunami scour at onshore structures through experimental and numerical methods.


Professor Rodney Day - Academic staff

Rodney is PVC of Research and Enterprise at LSBU, and has a track record of hydraulic engineering and scour.

Recent Publications from the Laboratory:

  • Observations from the EEFIT-TDMRC mission to Banda Aceh, Indonesia to investigate the recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Baiguera, M., Raby, A., McGovern, D., Adams, K., Meilianda, E., Idris, Y. and Veriyanti, V.
  • Large-Scale Experiments On Tsunami Inundation And Overtopping Forces At Vertical Sea Walls McGovern, D., Allsop, W., Rossetto, T and Chandler, I.
  • Experimental observations of tsunami induced scour at onshore structures. McGovern, D, Todd, D, Rossetto, T, Whitehouse, RJS, Monaghan, J and Gomes, E

Funding wins:

2023 AKT269: Tsunami Experimental Study £36k, PI Dr McGovern

2024 - 2026: KTP LSBU HR Wallingford - TsuTWin. £200k PI Dr McGovern, Co-I Mr Carlos Gonzalo

TsuTWinTsunami Twin Wave Generation Laboratory

TsuTWin is a £200k Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with HR Wallingford to develop the world's first physical laboratory for tsunami wave train and return flow generation.

Currently there is no method to generate the deadly return flow of tsunami - a major cause of destruction. Neither is there any method to generate repeat waves, otherwise known as tsunami wave trains. TsuTWin will change that by developing a laboratory generation system that will be able to generate incoming, returning and multiple tsunami waves. This will lead to better facilities for scientists and engineers to understand how these waves are so destructive and mitigate against them. Ultimately protecting life and property.

The project is funded by Innovate UK, PI Dr David McGovern, and administered by Nil Atmaca. For further information, please contact David McGovern or Nil Atmaca.

Tsunami Scour

Tsunami scour is a major cause of structural failure in events such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Tsunami. Scour is the removal of sediment around the foundations of structures under tsunami attack. Currently one PhD international scholar is using experimental data to develop a numerical model to understand the process fully.

For further information contact Mrs Niki Soleimani

Tsunami interactions with coastal structures

Our external Collaborators:

University College London

HR Wallingford Ltd.

University of East London