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Building earthquake and tsunami resilience in East Indonesia

By producing original data on the seismotectonics of the East Indonesia, this project offers a breakthrough in earthquake/tsunami risk assessment and building resilience with benefits to several countries including Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Palau and East Timor.

Lack of enough data on the seismotectonics has been a major regional challenge for the development of earthquake/tsunami resilience in this region. Unlike west Indonesia which has been the target of numerous studies in post-2004 era, little data is available for East Indonesia. It is now confirmed that East Indonesia accommodates equallydangerous tectonic setting capable of generating tragedies similar to that of the 2004 in Sumatra. Here, by bringing together a team of competent engineers (Brunel University London- BUL), geologists (IndonesianInstitute of Sciences- LIPI) and geophysicist (Agency for the Assessment & Application of Technology- BPPT), this project build on the existing expertise and knowledge in the UK and Indonesia on seismotectonics [LIPI], tsunami/earthquake simulations [BUL] and marine seismic explorations [BPPT] to generate original data and apply them for building resilience.

This project includes four Work Packages (WP) two of which are devoted to data generation: WP-1 for geological and seismotectonic studies through extensive field works supported by numerical simulations; WP-2 for marine 2D seismic reflection survey. The other two WPs exploit the generated data for building resilience: WP-3 for defining tsunami/earthquake scenarios and numerical simulations of tsunamis; WP-4 for earthquake and tsunami resilience policies and guidelines. Implementation of the resilience guidelines in pilot communities in Ambon and Amahai is planned.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Dr Mohammad Heidarzadeh - Senior Lecturer (equevalent to "Associate Professor") Chartered Civil Entgineer (CEng) and a member of Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) Secretary General of the International Tsunami Commisson (ITC) Programme Developer and Course Director for "MSc Civil Engineering" Post Graduate Taught Programme (PGT) Coordinator  Editor and Gust-Editor of several journals Number of peer-reviewed journal articles = 83  (see here for the full list and pd files) Total GoogleScholar citations = 2214 citations (as of April 2022) H-index of GogleScholar = 26  (as of April 2022)  JOB VACANCY (deadline = 20 December 2021): There is a research #job vacancy in my team on #Tsunami hazard assessment for #Indonesia as part of a funded project. Interested candidates, please follow the link below to apply: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CKZ921/research-assistant-fellow-14316   Dr Mohammad Heidarzadeh is the Secretary General of the International Tsunami Commisson (ITC) affiliated to the IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics) who was elected for this position in July 2019 in Canada. He is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) of Civil Engineering and a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng) in the United KIngdom, specializing in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering of the Brunel University London (UK). Having published 84 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as more than 100 conference publications, Dr Heidarzadeh has significantly contributed to researches on tsunamis, earthquakes, landslides and Civil Engineering infrastructure. See full list of his peer-reviewed journal articles with links to pdf files of each article here (click here).Dr Heidarzadeh is an international scientist/engineer on large earthquakes, tsunamis, storms and their effects on infrastructure. He is a well-known expert on Global-Challenge Researches on extreme geo-environmental hazards worldwide and is the PI (Principal Investigator) of the £491K GCRF (Global Challenge Research Fund) project with Indonesia on earthquakes and tsunamis, a Co-I of another £172K GCRF project with India on tsunamis, a Co-I of a £51K project with Dominica (Caribbean Sea) on storms, and a Co-I of a £440K project on Indonesia future tsunami risks. Dr Heidarzadeh is a global expert on infrastructure as he has been involved in the design and construction of several mega-infrastructure such as coastal sea-walls, embankment dams, double-curvature concrete dams and underground metro structures. Dr Heidarzadeh is on the Editorial Board of several international established journals including: Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (JMSE) [Impact Factor = 2.03]; Sustainable Marine Structures (SMS) [IF = N/A]; Frontiers in Earth Science [IF= 2.9]; Results in Engineering [Cite Score = 1.8], and acts as a Guest Editor for Coastal Engineering Journal [IF = 3.2] and Environmental Earth Science [IF = 2.8]. Dr Heidarzadeh's main research areas are: Coastal Engineering, Tsunami, Earthquake, Landslide, Storm Surge, Dam Engineering, Infrastructure Resilience Dr. Heidarzadeh received his BSc, MSc and PhD, all in Civil Engineering in 2002, 2004 and 2009, respectively. His PhD major was Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering with a PhD dissertation on the analysis of earthquake and tsunami hazards on coastal infrastructures. Dr Heidarzadeh is also a visiting Associate Professor at the Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo (Japan). He is the recipient of several international awards and fellowships and was elected as a Secretary General of the International Tsunami Committee (ITC) affiliated to IUGG in July 2019 in Canada. 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 Commission.  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 complexities 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 international 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 Academy (FHEA) in the UK.   Research projects and grants: PI: GCRF project "Building earthquake and tsunami resilience in Indonesia". Value: £491K. Funder: Royal Society UK. Time: 2019-2023. Co-I: Lloyds' project "Future Indonesian Tsunamis: Towards End-to-end Risk quantification (FITTER)". Value: £440K. Funder: Lloyds, UK. Time: 2019-2022. 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 activities, TV interviews and inquiries:  Dr Heidarzadeh is an international expert on tsunamis, earthquakes, storms (hurricanes) and infrastructures (dams, reservoirs, bridges, buildings, roads, tunnels) and has contributed to several news articles from various media worldwide and has appeared on live TV interviews over years. He has appeared on live TV and Radio interviewes with BBC, Sky-News, Euro-News, LBC, and ALJAZEERA. Dr Heidarzadeh's comments and interviews on the effects of natural hazards on infrastructure and built environment has been cited thousands of times in various worrld media. For media inquiries and asking for interviews, please send an email to Dr Heidarzadeh [mohammad.heidarzadeh@brunel.ac.uk] detailing the name of your newspaper/TV and a brief context. Some of Dr Heidarzadeh's past interviewes and news coverage are listed below with links to the interview videos: - Live TV interview with Sky-News TV on 3rd September 2021 about the extensive damage and floosding due to Category-4 Hurriacne Ida in Louisiana and New York. Video file of the interview is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fysd59zbr221zcu/SkyNews-2021-09-03.MOV?dl=0  - Live TV interview with Sky-News TV on 18th February 2020 about the damaging effects of Storms Denis and Ciara in the UK and assocaited extensive flooding. Video file of the interview is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4pbfeueqxp2r77m/Dr-Heidarzadeh-SkyNews-2020-02-18.PNG?dl=0   - Live TV interview with Sky-News TV on 10th December 2019 about the eruption of the White Island Volcano in New Zealand and its damage to coastal environment. Video file of the interview is here: https://drheidarzadehlab.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/cr_mohammad_volcano_iv_101219-1.mp4  - Live TV interview with Canadian CTV news TV on 9th December 2019 about the White Island Volcano eruption in New Zealand and its damage to coastal environment. Video file of the interview is here: https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1850297  - Live TV interview with BBC TV on 12th October 2019 about the effects of Super Typhoon Hagibis in Japan. Video file of the interview is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xjj6a4a693c9jya/6-Live-TV-Typhoon-Hagibis-Dr-Heidarzadeh.MOV?dl=0 - Live TV interview with Euro-News TV on 1st August 2019 about the failure of the Whaley Bridge dam in the UK. Link to the interview is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zfuq324iad1f0hz/5-Euro-News-1st-Aug-2018-Live-TV-Dr-Heidarzadeh.jpg?dl=0 - Live TV interview with Sky-News TV on 2nd August 2019 about the Whaley Bridge dam incident and emergency in the UK. Video file of the interview is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wifi5xn0rszrfrj/4-Sky-News-Whaley-Bridge-Dam-2nd-August-2019-Dr-Heidarzadeh.MOV?dl=0 -  Live TV interview with BBC TV on 1st October 2018 about the September 2018 Sulawesi tsunami (Indonesia). Video file of the interview is here:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/jh2k2jr34cdrchy/1-Heidarzadeh-BBC-TV-World-News-Oct%202018.3gp?dl=0 - Live TV interview with AL-JAZEERA on 25th January 2019 about the failure of tailing dam in Brazil. Video file of then interview is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ycz3qg1p0mfre2/2-Heidarzadeh-Al-Jazaeera-TV.mp4?dl=0 - TV Interview with Brunel channel about tsunami generation and tsunmai warning system with emphesis on the 2018 Indonesia tsunami. Video file of then interview is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jfxn1v0z41dw8gc/3-Heidarzadeh-Brunel-Univ-Channel-Tsunami-warning-sytem.mov?dl=0 - Interview with Nature News about the 2018 Sulawesi tsunami (Indonersia). The article is here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01544-5  - Interview with Brunel channel about tsunami hazards in Indonersia. The link is here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/articles/Major-geological-survey-hopes-to-make-Indonesia-more-resistant-to-deadly-tsunamis - Interview with BBC about the 2018 Sulawesi tsunami (Indonesia). The link is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45711190 - Interview with Express about the December 2018 Anak Krakatao volcano tsunmai. The link is here: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1064891/krakatoa-anak-krakatau-volcano-collapse-tsunami-indonesia-sunda-strait-java-sumatra - Interview with CNN-Indonesia about the 2018 Sulawesi tsunami (Indonesia). The link is here: https://www.cnnindonesia.com/teknologi/20181218100638-199-354499/ilmuwan-inggris-bantah-tsunami-palu-akibat-saluran-bawah-laut - Interview with PreventionWEB about the tsunami hazards in Indonesia.The link is here: https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/64767 Available PhD position and Post-doc jobs:  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.    Education PhD: Civil Engineering (Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering), 2009, The University of Tehran. MSc: Civil Engineering (Hydraulic Structural Engineering), 2004, The University of Tehran. BSc: Civil Engineering, 2002, Iran University of Science and Technology.  Experience  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 2008           National Oceanography Center, Univ. of Southampton, UK 2008           Dept. of Geology & Oceanography, Univ. of Bordeaux, France 2003-2011  Mahab Ghodss International Consulting Engineering Company, Iran Full Publication List  http://www.oceanblogs.org/earthquakeandtsunami/full-publication-list/

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