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Personal Statement

I am a Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, and my main research areas are ocean climate and coastal processes in a changing climate, sustainability of ocean renewable energy (ORE), Extreme Events, and coastal hazards, protection & resilienceI am interested in utilizing Numerical Models, Soft Computing Methods and developing hybrid methodologies for ocean simulation, data assimilation, and regional downscaling of climate projections.

My research area contributes to achieving net-zero emission targets by developing OREs and their sustainability under a changing climate. The impact can also be on human life and well-being by providing robust estimates of clean energy in a protected and resilient coastal environment 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).

Before joining the University of Strathclyde, I worked in Japan for six years, initially at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University under the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship, and then, at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University as an Assistant Professor. I was also a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College, London, in 2022.

I am a member of the editorial board of the Journal Coastal and Offshore Science and Engineering and Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (Marine Hazards Section​) and a member of the Science Board of the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section, Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU). I am also the chair and co-founder of the International Integrated Wave Energy Research Group (IIWER) and regularly act as a reviewer for high-impact journals such as Nature, Energy, Renewable Energy, Ocean Engineering, climate dynamics etc., and have contributed to various public and academic talks.

For more details about my research, projects, and activities, please visit http://oceanclimate.info/

Research Interests

My research interests are mainly: 

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

 

Some of the ongoing collaborative research activities include:

  • Investigating the uncertainties associated with numerical wave modeling (in collaboration with IHE-Delft)
  • Impact of climate change on extreme wave climate (in collaboration with Imperial College London)
  • Sensitivity of global extreme value analysis to data source (in collaboration with Bursa Uludag University)
  • Climate change impact on heatwave (in collaboration with Kyoto University)
  • Climate change impact on ocean climate in various scales (in collaboration with COWCLIP group)
  • Super-high-resolution wave climate projection in the Sothern Indian Ocean for wave resource assessment (in collaboration with BRGM and CEREMA), see e.g., https://doi.org/10.53256/COSE_220104

 

Some of the recent research projects I have worked on are listed below:

  • Climate change impact on sustainability of wave energy resources in NE Asia and Japan (as Principal Investigator (PI))

Funded by: JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) (KAKENHI) No. 20K04705

Selected published articles:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2020.118466

https://doi.org/10.1201/9781003134572-5

 

  • Climate change impact assessment on ocean wave energy and coastal hazards and reducing the uncertainties in pursuit of sustainable development (as PI)

Funded by: The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Japan

Selected published articles:

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-18935-w

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2020.117924

https://doi.org/10.3390/en13030768

 

  • Sustainability of ocean renewable energy resources in Chinese nearshore areas of the South China Sea (as PI)

Funded by: State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River Engineering (SKHL), Sichuan University, China

Selected published articles:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2021.03.062

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2020.118604

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2022.123710

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2021.120225

 

  • Wave energy resource characterization for Sri Lanka in a changing ocean climate (as Collaborator, PI: Prof. H. Karunarathna, Swansea University)

Funded by: GCRF-UKRI, UK

Selected published articles:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2020.117503

https://doi.org/10.3390/en13113028

http://doi.org/10.4038/engineer.v54i2.7404

 

  • Projection of wave climate and wave energy due to global warming (as PI)

Funded by: Japan Society for the promotion of Science (JSPS)

Selected published articles:

https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-019-04861-7

https://doi.org/10.3390/en13030768

https://doi.org/10.2208/kaigan.74.I_1351

 

  • Global wave hindcast and future projection

Collaboration with the Coordinated Ocean Wave Climate Project (COWCLIP)

Selected published articles:

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0542-5

Expertise & Capabilities

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

Keywords

  • Ocean Waves
  • Numerical modeling
  • Renewable energy
  • Climate change

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