-Flood risk management.
-Coastal and Hydraulic Engineering.
-Numerical modelling and experimental investigation of physical processes associated with hydrodynamics and sediment transport.
Flooding is a natural phenomenon which generates devastation and economic losses all around the world. According to the statistical review presented by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), flooding in 2010 affected 178 million people.
There is increasing evidence that more frequent flooding resulting from increases in the frequency and intensity of storms are likely to be one consequence of anthropogenic climate change in many parts of the world. Recent studies have recognised that floods are the most frequent amongst all natural disasters.
As a consequence of economic growth (with, for example, increased building on floodplains) and climate change (increased frequency and severity of severe storms and sea level rise), these costs are set to rise further. It follows that an improved ability to forecast, quantify and manage
flood risks is essential to protecting the public, property and infrastructure, and to maintaining a sustainable economy and development.
The aim of my investigation is to increase our scientific understanding of the frequency, intensity and structural behaviour of such extreme events across several aspects of the earth system sciences.
In particular, we are particularly interested in developing probabilistic flood mapping techniques that take into account the uncertainties in the body of knowledge and the non-stationarity of