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We welcome contributions to our joint  Special Issue in Ocean Modelling and Ocean Engineering on "Ocean Wave Modelling and Climate Impacts: Advances and Future Directions".

Dr Kamranzad is a Chancellor's Fellow in the ​Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. She is the head of the "Coastal Engineering & Ocean Climate" research group ( and a leader within Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training in "AI-Based Ocean Forecasts for Marine Operation" mArIneCAST CDT. Her research interests lie within the field of Physical Oceanography and Coastal Engineering and her primary research focuses on investigating the impacts of climate change on oceanic conditions and coastal processes, ocean renewable energies (mainly wave energy and offshore wind), extreme events, and coastal hazards, protection & resilience. To advance these research interests, she employs a range of computational tools, including numerical models, soft computing methods, and hybrid approaches for the simulation of oceanic conditions, data assimilation, and regional downscaling of climate projections.

For her efforts in the fields of Energy, Oceanography, and Enabling & Strategic Technologies, Dr Kamranzad has been recognized as top 2% of Scientists Globally for 2023 by Elsevier and Stanford University, as well as achieving several international awards and recognition for her efforts in these fields. She is also a 2023 Emerging Sustainability Leader awarded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation & University of Basel. Dr. Kamranzad also serves as the Deputy Editor for Ocean Engineering (Elsevier) and Advisory Editorial Board for Coastal Engineering (Elsevier).


Dr Kamranzad has secured international research grants as Principal Investigator (PI), for diverse projects funded by Japan and China, and has contributed to publishing over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, predominantly in top-tier journals such as Nature Climate Change, Scientific Reports, Energy, Renewable Energy, Ocean Engineering, and Ocean Dynamics, in collaboration with international research groups, and has delivered presentations at a variety of public and reputable academic platforms, globally (see public and academic talks).

Dr Kamranzad has extensive research experience with a focus on international collaboration. She is the chair and co-founder of the International Integrated Wave Energy Research Group (IIWER). She currently serves as a guest editor for Ocean Engineering and Applied Ocean Research (Elsevier), a member of the editorial board of the Journal Coastal and Offshore Science and Engineering and the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (Marine Hazards Section), and regularly acts as a reviewer for high-impact journals. Moreover, she has been elected to the Science Board of the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section, Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU).

Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde, she worked in Japan for six years, initially at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University under the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship (acceptance rate < 10%), and then, at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University (acceptance rate < 4%) as an Assistant Professor. Furthermore, in 2022, she was a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College, London.


Research Interests

Main research interests: 

  • Ocean and Coastal Modelling (Numerical, Soft Computing and Hybrid)
  • Climate Projections and Regional Downscaling
  • Ocean Renewable Energies (OREs), Resource Assessment and Sustainability
  • Extreme Events in Coastal Areas
  • Novel Methods for Coastal Protection

The focus of this research is to contribute towards achieving net-zero emission targets through the development of sustainable OREs while considering the effects of a changing climate. The significance of this research extends to the human condition, including the well-being and livelihoods of coastal populations, by providing robust estimates of clean energy production, enhancing the resilience and protection of coastal environments, and supporting a sustainable Sato-Umi (the Japanese term for the coastal areas affected by human interaction with the sea), in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For potential collaborations or any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Expertise & Capabilities

  • Numerical modelling

  • Soft computing methods and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • Hybrid approaches

  • Data assimilation methods

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


  • Coastal Engineering
  • Ocean renewable energy
  • Climate change
  • Ocean Waves
  • Numerical modeling
  • Artificial Intelligence


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  • Wind-wave climate changes and their impacts

    Casas-Prat, M., Hemer, M. A., Dodet, G., Morim, J., Wang, X. L., Mori, N., Young, I., Erikson, L., Kamranzad, B., Kumar, P., Menéndez, M. & Feng, Y., 9 Jan 2024, In: Nature Reviews Earth & Environment. 5, 1, p. 23-42 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    6 Citations (Scopus)
  • On the assessment of the wave modeling uncertainty in wave climate projections

    Lobeto, H., Semedo, A., Menendez, M., Lemos, G., Kumar, R., Akpinar, A., Dobrynin, M. & Kamranzad, B., 1 Dec 2023, In: Environmental Research Letters. 18, 12, 12 p., 124006.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    3 Citations (Scopus)
    31 Downloads (Pure)