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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). He is an international scientist/engineer on large earthquakes, tsunamis and storms and is a well-known expert on Global-Challenge Researches on extreme geo-environmental hazards worldwide. Dr Heidarzaeh is the PI (Principal Investigator) of the £495K GCRF (Global Challenge Research Fund) projct with Indonesia on earthquakes and tsunamis, a Co-I of another £172K GCRF project with India on tsunamis, and a Co-I of a £51K projct with Dominica (Caribbean Sea) on storms.    

Dr Heidarzadeh's main research areas are:

Coastal Engineering, Tsunami, Earthquake, Landslide and Storm surge

Dr. Heidarzadeh received his BSc, MSc and PhD, all 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. Over the past 15 years, Dr Heidarzadeh has contributed to the understanding and analysis of numerous extreme coastal disasters worldwide; especially in Indonesia, Philippines, Oman, Japan, the Caribbean Sea, Ecuador, Mexico, the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey, Iran, Greece, Paopua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. He has published 56 peer-reviewed journal articles in world's most prestigous jouirnals (Ocean Eng, GRL, GJI, BSSA, Coastal Eng J, PAGEOPH, Nat Hazards, Int J Civil Eng) along with 170 conference presentations.  

Dr Heidarzadeh is also a visiting Assistant Professor at the Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo (Japan). He 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), 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

Dr Heidarzadeh is an outstanding engineering lecturer through his constructivist teaching philosophy which combines theory and practice in his teaching of engineering materials. His engineering lectures are well supported by his tremendous engineering practical experience which attracted many students in Brunel University and beyond. Dr Heidarzadeh has achieved the highest teaching qualifications in the United Kingdom and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academi (FHEA) in the UK.  

Research projects and grants:

PI: GCRF project "Building earthquake and tsunami resilience in Indonesia". Value: £495K. Funder: Royal Society UK. Time: 2019-2021.

Co-I: NERC project "Hurricane Maria and Dominica: geomorphological change and infrastructure damage surveys". Value: £51K. Funder: NERC UK. Time: 2018-2019.

Co-I: GCRF NERC project "Tsunami risk for the Western Indian Ocean: steps toward the integration of science into policy and practice". Value: £172K. 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". Value: £20K. Funder: BRIM/EPSRC UK. Time: 2018.

PI: JSPS project "A comprehensive analysis of the twin Indonesian tsunamis in September and December 2018". Value: £5.2K. 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". Value: £4K. 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". Value: £25K. Funder: Models to Decisions (M2D), NERC/EPSRC/ESRC. Time: 2018.

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. He has appeared on live TV interviewes with BBC and ALJAZEERA. See his past interviewe here. 

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

Salmanidou, DM., Heidarzadeh, M. and Guillas, S. (2019) 'Probabilistic landslide-generated tsunamis in the Indus Canyon, NW Indian Ocean, using statistical emulation'. Pure and Applied Geophysics. ISSN: 0033-4553

Journal article

Wang, Y., Maeda, T., Satake, K., Heidarzadeh, M., Su, H., Sheehan, AF. and et al. (2019) 'Tsunami Data Assimilation Without a Dense Observation Network'. Geophysical Research Letters, 46 (4). pp. 2045 - 2053. ISSN: 0094-8276 Open Access Link

Journal article

Heidarzadeh, M., Tappin, D. and Ishibe, T. (2019) 'Modeling the large runup along a narrow segment of the Kaikoura coast, New Zealand following the November 2016 tsunami from a potential landslide'. Ocean Engineering, 175. pp. 113 - 121. ISSN: 0029-8018 Open Access Link

Journal article

Heidarzadeh, M., Muhari, A. and Wijanarto, AB. (2018) 'Insights on the source of the 28 September 2018 Sulawesi tsunami, Indonesia based on spectral analyses and numerical simulations'. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 176 (1). pp. 25 - 43. ISSN: 0033-4553 Open Access Link

Journal article

Heidarzadeh, M., Mirghasemi, AA., Niroomand, H. and Eslamian, F. (2018) 'Construction and performance of the Karkheh Dam Complementary Cut-off Wall: an innovative engineering solution'. International Journal of Civil Engineering. ISSN: 1735-0522 Open Access Link

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