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Dr Mohammad Heidarzadeh is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering specializing in Coastal Engineering at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering of the Brunel University London (UK). Dr Heidarzadeh's main research areas are:

Coastal Engineering, Tsunami, Storm surge, Earthquake, Landslide.

Dr. Heidarzadeh received his BSc, MSc and PhD in Civil Engineering in 2002, 2004 and 2009, respectively. His PhD major was Coastal Engineering with a PhD disseration on the analysis of earthquake and tsunami hazards on coastal infrastructures. His major research interest is interactions of coastal structures and communities with extreme coastal geo-environmental hazards such as tsunamis, storm surges, earthquakes and landslides. He is also a visiting Assistant Professor at the Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo (Japan). Dr Heidarzadeh is the reciepient of several international awards and fellowships and was elected as a member of the International Tsunami Comittee (ITC) affiliated to IUGG in 2015. Dr Heidarzadeh is a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in Japan, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UNESCO (UN) in France, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) in UK and a fellow of the European Comission. 

Dr Heidarzadeh has extensive engineering experiences and was involved in the design and construction of a number of world-class mega infrastructures while working as a senior consulting engineer with Mahab International Consulting Engineering Company (Iran) and the Port and Airport Research Institute (Japan). These projects include extension of Coastal Seawalls, Mega-Embankment Dams and Reservoirs, Underground Tunnels and Metro Infrastructures. Involvement in such mega-infrastructures has given Dr Heidarzadeh the capability of understanding the complexitis of infrastructures development projects and the associated complicated engineering problems. Some of these complex problems faced during these engineering projects have been outlined in his intrnational peer-reviewed journal articles; click here for details

Media inquiries: 

Dr Heidarzadeh is an international expert on tsunamis, earthquakes and storms and has contributed to several news articles from various media in Japan, Germany and UK and has appeared on live TV interviews over years. For media inquiries, please send an email to Dr Heidarzadeh [] detailing the name of your newspaper or TV and the context.    

Available PhD Position from EPSRC and other sources of funding:

An EPSRC-funded PhD opportunity is availbel for application. This is open to home students which means applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. This opportunity is open to both BSc and MSc graduates. Potential students should send their CVs to Dr Heidarzadeh along with a one-page summary of their past research works (either BSc or MSc project summary). 

Applicants who are not home students are also encouraged to apply for PhD positions; other sources of funding will be explored by collaboration with the students.   


PhD: Civil Engineering (Coastal Engineering), 2009, The University of Tehran, Iran.

MSc: Civil Engineering (Hydraulic Structural Engineering), 2004, The University of Tehran, Iran.

BSc: Civil Engineering, 2002, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran. 


2017-…      Department of Civil & Environmental Eng., Brunel University London, London, UK

2016-2017  Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI), Yokosuka, Japan

2013-2016  Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Japan

2012-2013  University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany

2011-2012  Dept. of Civil Engineering, Tarbiat Modares Univ., Tehran, Iran

2011           Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Japan

2011           Centro Tecnológico del Mar – Fundación CETMAR, Vigo, Spain

2005-2011  Mahab International Consulting Engineering Company, Iran

2008           National Oceanography Center, Univ. of Southampton, UK

2008           Dept. of Geology & Oceanography, Univ. of Bordeaux, France

Full Publication List

Newest selected publications

Heidarzadeh, M. and Gusman, AR. (2018) 'Application of dense offshore tsunami observations from Ocean Bottom Pressure Gauges (OBPGs) for tsunami research and early warnings', in Durrani, TS. (ed.) Geological Disaster Monitoring Based on Sensor Networks. Springer Natural Hazards. pp. 7 - 22.Open Access Link

Book chapter

Heidarzadeh, M., Satake, K., Takagawa, T., Rabinovich, A. and Kusumoto, S. (2018) 'A comparative study of far-field tsunami amplitudes and ocean-wide propagation properties: Insight from major trans-Pacific tsunamis of 2010-2015'. Geophysical Journal International, 215 (1). pp. 22 - 36. ISSN: 1365-246X Open Access Link

Journal article

Heidarzadeh, M., Ishibe, T. and Harada, T. (2018) 'Constraining the source of the Mw 8.1 Chiapas, Mexico earthquake of 8 September 2017 using teleseismic and tsunami observations'. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 175 (6). pp. 1925 - 1938. ISSN: 0033-4553 Open Access Link

Journal article

Heidarzadeh, M., Necmioglu, O., Ishibe, T. and Yalciner, AC. (2017) 'Bodrum-Kos (Turkey-Greece) Mw 6.6 earthquake and tsunami of 20 July 2017: a test for the Mediterranean tsunami warning system'. Geoscience Letters, 4 (31). pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 2196-4092 Open Access Link

Journal article

Heidarzadeh, M., Harada, T., Satake, K., Ishibe, T. and Takagawa, T. (2017) 'Tsunamis from strike-slip earthquakes in the Wharton Basin, northeast Indian Ocean: March 2016 Mw 7.8 event and its relationship with the April 2012 Mw 8.6 event'. Geophysical Journal International, 211 (3). pp. 1601 - 1612. ISSN: 1365-246X Open Access Link

Journal article
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