Ravindra Jayaratne

Dr Ravindra Jayaratne

Reader

Built environment (flood risk modelling & mapping), engineering

Department of Engineering & Construction , School of Health Sport and Bioscience

Reader in Coastal Engineering, specialist in modelling sediment transport processes, tsunamis, storm surges, extreme waves and glacier lake outburst floods

Qualifications

  • PG Cert, Doctor of Engineering (Civil Engineering), Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering), BSc

Areas Of Interest

Coastal engineering, wave hydrodynamics, wave-structure interaction, sediment transport modelling and disaster prevention mechanisms

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OVERVIEW

  • Specialist in Modelling Sediment Transport Processes, Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Extreme Waves and Glacier Lake Outburst Floods with 20+ years' research experience
  • Awarded external research grants (PI and Co-I, £182,000) from NERC, GCRF, NF, Daiwa, GBSF, RAE, RS, JSPS, Waseda, Kansai, MEXT and internal grants from UEL (£103,500)
  • Set-up strong research collaborations with academic, government organisations and engineering consultancies in Japan, UK, Canada, Mexico, Iran, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Indonesia since 2008
  • Contributor (1 out of 7.8 FTE submitted) for ACE's REF 2014 submission
  • Held a number of administrative roles in ACE; e.g. BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering Programme Leader (2011-2017), currently holding Link Tutor roles for Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Greece, Russia and Egypt (2017~) and Impact Champion for Engineering submission of REF2021 (2018~)
  • Intend to submit an Impact Case Study on Disaster Prevention Mechanisms and Mitigation against Natural Hazards for REF 2021
  • ACE's "Flood Risk Modelling and Mapping" Research Team Leader since 2017 (7 members)
  • Subject Panel & Award Board External Examiner for Engineering programmes (Civil, Coastal and Marine Science) at University of Plymouth, UK (2015-2019)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK since 2009

External roles

  • Associate Editor in Coastal Engineering Journal, Taylor & Francis (2019~)
  • Subject Panel & Award Board External Examiner for Engineering programmes (Civil, Coastal and Marine Science) at University of Plymouth, UK (2015-2019)

CURRENT RESEARCH

My principal research interests are in the field of coastal engineering, particularly wave hydrodynamics, wave-structure interaction, sediment transport modelling and disaster prevention mechanisms against storm surges, extreme waves and Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF) exacerbated by global warming effect and geo-physical hazards such as tsunamis. I carried out a number of post-disaster field surveys in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Japan and UK.

I subsequently used field data to develop soft engineering solutions (e.g. management strategies, flood maps, education seminars, disaster preparedness activities) and hard engineering solutions (e.g. developing predictive tools; formulae/mathematical models, numerical models, and design guidelines) through collected field data, numerical, theoretical/mathematical and laboratory modelling of worst-case disaster scenarios for future resilience of flood defence and infrastructure. I have extended my research in to modelling of natural hazards with disaster risk reduction (DRR) in coastal and river communities in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan and UK.

I have received external funding from the Kansai's University (2020), UK's Natural Environment Research Council (2018), Research England – Global Challenges Research Fund (2018), Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (2018), Newton Fund (2017), Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019), Royal Society (2014), Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Government of Japan (2013) Royal Academy of Engineering (2008, 2010), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2005, 2010), Yokohama National University (2018), University of Tokyo (2016), Waseda University (2011, 2013), Japan.

Moreover, I have secured several internal funding grants from the UEL (Sabbatical Scheme 2018-19, Mid-Career Researcher Fund, 2016; Impact Fund, 2016, 2020; International Research Collaboration Fund, 2014; Early Career Researcher Accelerator Fund, 2012; Promising Researcher Award, 2009).

I have authored 100+ peer-reviewed journal, peer-reviewed conference proceeding and national-level research articles in the above disciplines. I have contributed for School's UK REF2014 research submission (UoA 15 General Engineering) by submitting internationally standing 4 journal papers and the research grant awarded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (#D55). I am currently supervising 2 PhD students (as DoS) in coastal engineering / disaster mitigation and 3 (2nd / 3rd Supervisor) in civil engineering infrastructure modelling. I am the Impact Champion for the REF2021 Engineering submission (UoA 12 Engineering).

I am an Associate Editor for Coastal Engineering Journal of Taylor & Francis since September 2019. I serve as a peer-reviewer for the following journals; Maritime Engineering (ICE), Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal & Ocean Engineering (ASCE), Journal of Marine Science & Engineering (MDPI), Coastal Engineering Journal (JSCE/Taylor & Francis), Ocean Engineering (Elsevier) and Natural Hazards (Springer). Also, I serve reviewing papers of the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE) and International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management (ICSECM) Conference series.

I was an organising committee member of CIWEM-UEL Water Emergencies & Management Conference in 2019, Waseda-YNU Coastal Engineering Research Seminar series held in Sri Lanka in 2006 and UEL's AC&T Conference series from 2010-2012. I have been a Visiting Researcher to the Complex Disaster Research Institute of Waseda University since 2011, the Department of Urban Innovation of Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan in 2018, Department of Civil Engineering of University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada in 2017 and the Institute of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2014.

PUBLICATIONS

REF-able journal papers

  • Shiroshita, H., Jayaratne, R., and Kitagawa, K. (2020). Community Engagement in Preparing for Natural Water Disasters of Different Time and Magnitude Scales – A comparative study between Japan and England, International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, MDPI (in Review).
  • Gunasinghe, G.P, Ruhunage, L., Ratnayake, N.P., Ratnayake, A.S, Jayaratne, R., and Samaradivakara, G.V.I. (2020): Hydro-Sedimentary Dynamics in the Monsoon Affected River Outlet in Kalutara, Southwest Coast of Sri Lanka, Natural Hazards, Springer (in Review).
  • Sedai, S., Jayaratne, R., Nepal, J., and Grant, D. (2020): Historical Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) Events at Himalaya Region, Nepal – Causes and Vulnerability Factors, Natural Hazards, Springer (in Review).
  • Samarasekara, R.S.M., Sasaki, J., Suzuki, T., Jayaratne, R., Ranawaka, R.A.S., and Pathmasiri, S.D. (2020): On the Status and Mechanisms of Coastal Erosion in Marawila Beach, Sri Lanka, Natural Hazards, Springer, doi.org/10.1007/s11069-020-04034-4.
  • Lim, G., Jayaratne, R., and Shibayama, T. (2020): Suspended Sediment Concentration Models under Breaking Waves: Evaluation of New and Existing Formulations, Marine Geology, Elsevier, 426, 106197, doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2020.106197.
  • Vargas, D., Jayaratne, R., Mendoza, E., and Silva, R. (2020): On the Estimation of the Surface Elevation of Regular and Irregular Waves using the Velocity Field of Bubbles, Journal of Marine Science & Engineering, MDPI, 8, 88, pp. 1-15, doi.10.3390/jmse8020088.
  • Raby, A., Jayaratne, R., Bullock, G., and Bredmose, H. (2019): Individual Violent Wave-Overtopping Events: Behavior and Estimation, Journal of Hydraulic Research, Taylor & Francis, doi.org/10.1080/00221686.2018.1555549.
  • Samarasekara, R.S.M., Sasaki, J., Jayaratne, R., Suzuki, T., Ranawaka, R.A.S., and Pathmasiri, S.D. (2018): Historical Changes in the Shoreline and Management of Marawila Beach, Sri Lanka from 1980 to 2017, Journal of Ocean & Coastal Management, Elsevier, 165, pp. 370-384, doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.09.012.
  • Salim, S., Pattiaratchi, C., Tinoco, R., and Jayaratne, R. (2018): Sediment Resuspension due to Near-Bed Turbulent Coherent Structures on the Continental Slope, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 123, doi.org/10.1029/2018JC013819. 
  • Salim, S., Pattiaratchi, C., Tinoco, R., Coco, G., Hetzel, Y., Wijeratne, S., and Jayaratne, R. (2017): The Influence of Turbulent Bursting on Sediment Resuspension under Unidirectional Currents, Journal of Earth Surface Dynamics, European Geosciences Union (EGU), Open Access. doi.org/10.5194/esurf-2016-60.
  • Jayaratne, R., Premaratne, B., Abimbola, A., Mikami, T., Matsuba, S., Shibayama, T., Esteban, M. and Nistor, I. (2016): Failure Mechanisms and Local Scour at Coastal Structures induced by Tsunamis, Coastal Engineering Journal, World Scientific, Vol. 58(4), 1640017 (38 pages). doi: 10.1142/S0578563416400179.
  • Jayaratne, M.P.R., Rahman, M.R., and Shibayama, T. (2014): A Cross-Shore Beach Profile Evolution Model, Coastal Engineering Journal, World Scientific, Vol. 56(4), pp. 1450020-1 – 1450020-70 doi:10.1142/S057856341450020X. 
  • Jayaratne, R., and Salim, S. (2014): Hydrodynamic Investigation of Fluvial Sediment Transport with Soil Protrusion Apparatus (SPA), Open Engineering, De Gruyter Open, Vol. 5(1), pp. 48-58 doi:10.1515/eng-2015-0001. http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/eng.2015.5.issue-1/eng-2015-0001/eng-2015-0001.xml.

Peer-reviewed conference papers

  • Jayaratne, R., Fauzi, A.M., Hendra, A., and Shibayama, T. (2020): Modelling of Krakatoa Tsunami Wave Propagation and Community Engagement based on SWOT Analysis in Southern Lampung, Indonesia, Virtual International Conference on Coastal Engineering (vICCE), ASCE (in Press).
  • Nicholas, M., Jayaratne, R., Suzuki, T., and Shibayama, T. (2020): Building Foundation Instability Induced by Tsunami Scour, Virtual International Conference on Coastal Engineering (vICCE), ASCE (in Press).
  • Lim, G., Jayaratne, R., and Shibayama, T. (2020): New Suspended Sand Concentration Model for Breaking Waves, Virtual International Conference on Coastal Engineering (vICCE), ASCE (in Press).
  • Tabasi, M., Soltanpour, M., Suzuki, T., and Jayaratne, R. (2020): Modelling of Berm Formation and Erosion at the Southern Coast of the Caspian Sea, Virtual International Conference on Coastal Engineering (vICCE), ASCE (in Press).
  • Achiari, H., Jayaratne, R., Gelfi, M., and Panalaran, S. (2019): Modelling of Swell Propagation and High Waves for Sunda Strait, Indonesia, 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure, Jogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Shiroshita, H., Jayaratne, R., and Kitagawa, K. (2019): Community Engagement in Preparing for Natural Water Disasters of Different Time and Magnitude Scales – A Comparative Study between Japan and England, 10th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM), Nice, France.
  • Samarasekara, R.S.M., Sasaki, J., Suzuki, T., Jayaratne, R., Ranawaka, R.A.S., and Pathmasiri, S.D. (2017): On the Status and Mechanisms of Coastal Erosion in Marawila Beach, Sri Lanka, 66th Coastal Engineering Conference, JSCE, Kagoshima, Japan.   
  • Jordan, C., Jayaratne, R., Mugnaini, S., and Nicholas, M. (2019): Tsunami Induced Scour on Structures, 9th International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes (Coastal Sediments '19), Tampa, Florida, USA, pp. 2521-2532.
  • Sedai, S., Jayaratne, R., Grant, D., Nepal, J., and Abdalla, H. (2018): Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) Triggering Factors at Hindu Kush-Himalaya, Mt. Everest Region, Nepal, AGU Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union, Washington DC, USA.
  • Jayaratne, R., Nicholas, M., Ghodoosipour, B., Mugnaini, S., Nistor, I., and Shibayama, T. (2018): Tsunami-Induced Hydrodynamics and Scour around Structures, 36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (36th ICCE), ASCE, Baltimore, USA.
  • Lim, G., Jayaratne, R., and Shibayama, T. (2018): An Evaluation of Suspended Sediment Concentration Models under Breaking Waves, 36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (36th ICCE), ASCE, Baltimore, USA.
  • Tabasi, M., Soltanpour, M., Jayaratne, R., Shibayama, T., and Okayasu, A. (2018): A Numerical Model of Cross-Shore Beach Profile Evolution: Theory, Model Development and Applicability, 36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (36th ICCE), ASCE, Baltimore, USA.  
  • Samarasekara, R.S.M., Sasaki, J., Jayaratne, R., Suzuki, T., Ranawaka, R.A.S., and Pathmasiri, S.D. (2017): Coastal Protection against Erosion and Associate Conflicts among Stakeholders: A Case Study from Marawila Beach, Sri Lanka, Japan Coastal Area Study Discussion Meeting, Japan Association for Coastal Zone Studies (JACZS), Kumamoto, Japan.
  • Tabasi, M., Soltanpour, M., and Jayaratne, R. (2017): Study and Modelling of Cross-Shore Sediment Transport at Zarabad Fishery Port, 37th IAHR World Congress, E-Proceedings: Sub-Themes 4A – Coastal & Estuary Morphodynamics, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Sencier, L., and Jayaratne, R. (2017): Assessment of Levee Flood Defence Structures against the Impacts of Predicted Climate Change - A Case Study of the Humber Estuary, UK, 27th International Ocean and Polar Conference, The International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE), San Francisco, USA.   
  • Lim, G., Jayaratne, R., and Shibayama, T. (2017): An Evaluation of Suspended Sediment Concentration Models under Breaking Waves, 10th International SedNet Conference, University of Genoa & the Ports Authority of Genoa, Genoa (Poster), Italy.
  • Nicholas, M., Jayaratne, R., Suzuki, T., and Shibayama, T. (2016): Predictive Model for Scour Depth of Coastal Building Failures due to Tsunamis, 35th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (35th ICCE), ASCE, Antalya, Turkey. https://journals.tdl.org/icce/index.php/icce/article/view/8281
  • Lim, G., Premaratne, B., Jayaratne, R., Marriott, M., and Shibayama, T. (2015): Comparison of Failure Mechanisms of Coastal Structures due to the 2004 Indian Ocean and 2011 Tohoku Tsunami Events, 6th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management (ICSECM 2015), Kandy, Sri Lanka. Paper No: 50.
  • Jayaratne, R., Baldwin, E.M., Silva, R., and Gutierrez, F. (2015): Laboratory Modelling of Scour on Seawalls, Coastal Structures & Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference, Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Boston, USA.
  • Jayaratne, R., Al Dakdouky, B., Premaratne, B., Lindsay, R., Marriott, M., and Shibayama, T. (2015): A Method to Identify Opportunities for Wetland Restoration/Creation as a Soft Engineering Solution to Tsunamis: A Case Study from Japan, 8th International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes (Coastal Sediments '15), San Diego, California, USA. CD-ROM: Paper no 178.
  • Rahman, R., Jayaratne, R., Tejada-Martinez, A.E., and Wang, P. (2015): Numerical Investigation of Beach Profile Evolution using a New Sediment Concentration Model, 8th International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes (Coastal Sediments '15), San Diego, California, USA, CD-ROM: Paper no 26.
  • Jayaratne, R., Abimbola, A., Mikami, T., Matsuba, S., Esteban, M., and Shibayama, T. (2014): Predictive Model for Scour Depth of Coastal Structure Failures due to Tsunamis, 34th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (34th ICCE), ASCE, Seoul, South Korea. https://journals.tdl.org/icce/index.php/icce/issue/view/362/showToc
  • Matsuba, S., Mikami, T., Jayaratne, R., and Shibayama, T. (2014): Analysis of Tsunami Behavior and the Effect of Coastal Forest in Reducing Tsunami Force around the Coastal Dikes, 34th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (34th ICCE), ASCE, Seoul, South Korea. https://journals.tdl.org/icce/index.php/icce/issue/view/362/showToc

FUNDING

External grants since 2014

  • 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2023, Kansai University, Japan. Integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for SDGs. Total grant: £30,000 UEL (my) allocation: £15,750. Researchers: Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita, Kansai University (PI); Dr M P R Jayaratne (Project Partner); Dr Kaori Kitagawa, UCL (Project Partner)
  • 1 June 2019 - 30 Nov. 2020, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF) [#5696]. Relationship between beach profile evolution and sediment mixing depth: Laboratory and mathematical modelling. Total grant: £3,200 UEL (my) allocation: £1,600. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (PI); Dr Takayuki Suzuki, Yokohama National University, Japan (Project Partner)
  • 1 Nov. 2018 – 31 March 2021, Natural Environment Research Council [NERC - NE/S005838/1]. Compound flooding from tropical cyclone-induced sea surge and precipitation in Sri Lanka (C-FLOOD). Total grant: £252,804 UEL (my) allocation: £103,949 (41.1% from the total grant). Researchers: Professor Alison Raby (PI), Plymouth University, UK; Dr M P R Jayaratne (Co-I); Dr Kaori Kitagawa (Co-I), UCL; Professor Janaka Wijetunge (Co-I), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; Mr Sujeewa Ranawaka (Co-I), Department of Coast Conservation & Coastal Resource Management, Sri Lanka; Professor Paul Taylor (Vis. Researcher), University of Western Australia
  • 15 Nov. 2018 – 31 July 2019, Research England – Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Awareness and preparedness of local communities in Vietnam and Indonesia under climate-driven and geophysical hazards. Total grant: £5,610 UEL (my) allocation: £5,610. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (PI); Dr Nguyen Danh Thao, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam (Project Collaborator); Dr Hendra Achiari, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia (Project Collaborator)
  • 15 Nov. 2018 - 31 July 2019, Research England – Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Understanding coastal erosion issues with a focus on the alleviation of natural hazards and risk analysis - A case study in Sri Lanka. Total grant: £2,045 UEL (my) allocation: £2,045. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (PI); Mr Sujeewa Ranawaka, Department of Coast Conservation & Coastal Resource Management, Sri Lanka (Project Collaborator); Professor Jun Sasaki, University of Tokyo (Project Collaborator); Mr Sameera Samarasekara of University of Tokyo (PhD Student), Dr Takayuki Suzuki, Yokohama National University (Project Collaborator)
  • 10 - 24 December 2018, Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan (Foreign Researcher Exchange Fellowship) Laboratory modelling of sediment sorting and mixing (2D Wave flume experiments). Total grant: ¥350,000 (=£2,333). Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (Visiting Researcher); Dr Takayuki Suzuki, YNU, Japan (Host Academic)
  • 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation [#12079/13184] Community engagement in preparing for natural water disasters of different time and magnitude scales - A comparative study between UK and Japan. Total grant: £7,000 UEL (my) allocation: £2,955. Researchers: Dr Kaori Kitagawa (PI), UCL; Dr M P R Jayaratne (Project Partner); Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita, Kansai University, Japan (Project Partner)
  • 1 April - 31 Dec. 2017, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF) [#5139] Understanding coastal erosion processes with a focus on mitigating natural hazards and risk analysis. Total grant: £1,600 UEL (my) allocation: £1,600. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (PI); Professor Tomoya Shibayama, Waseda University, Japan (Project Partner)
  • 1 Dec. 2016 - 31 August 2017, Newton Fund [#N101813]. Understanding coastal and river sediment transport processes with a focus on the alleviation of natural hazards and risk analysis. Total grant: £1,360 UEL (my) allocation: £1,360. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (Awardee); Mr Sujeewa Ranawaka, Department of Coast Conservation & Coastal Resource Management, Sri Lanka (Project Collaborator); Professor Jun Sasaki (Project Collaborator), University of Tokyo, Japan; Mr Sameera Samarasekara (PhD Student), University of Tokyo, Japan; Dr Takayuki Suzuki (Project Collaborator), Yokohama National University, Japan
  • 20 - 25 March 2017, Newton Fund [#N101813]. Modelling natural hazards with community behaviour Total grant: £1,000 UEL (my) allocation: £1,000. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (Awardee); Professor John Preston, Cass School of Education, UEL (Project Collaborator); Dr Nguyen Danh Thao, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam (Project Collaborator)
  • 1 Dec. 2014 - 30 September 2015, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF) [#4682]. Hard engineering solutions to mitigate natural disasters: Tsunamis and storm surges. Total grant: £2,000 UEL (my) allocation: £2,000. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (PI); Professor Tomoya Shibayama, Waseda University, Japan (Project Partner)
  • 1 April 2013 - 31 March 2014, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF) [#4322]. Mitigating future tsunami and storm surge disasters. Total grant: £3,200 UEL (my) allocation: £3,200. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (PI); Dr Miguel Esteban, Waseda University, Japan (Project Partner)
  • 22 April - 23 July 2014, Royal Society (Partnership Grant) Generating hydroelectricity in the River Lee Valley.Total grant: £2,411 (Awarded to School). Project Partners: Ms. Deborah Colvin (Assistant Head Teacher), Frederick Bremer School, Walthamstow, London; Dr M P R Jayaratne (Scientific/Engineer Partner)

Internal grants since 2014

  • 1 June - 31 July 2020, Impact Fund 2020. Disaster prevention mechanisms against tsunamis, storm surges and extreme waves (Engineering Impact Case Study for REF 2021).Total grant: £5,000. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (Awardee)
  • 1 September 2018 - 15 January 2019, Sabbatical Scheme 2018-19 (Sem. A). Working on on-going research projects (NERC, Daiwa, GCRF, YNU etc.) and completing peer-reviewed journal papers in pipeline for REF2021 submission. Total grant: £3,387 [To cover 2/3 of teaching in Sem. A]. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (Awardee)
  • 1 May 2016 - 31 July 2017, Mid-Career Researcher Fund. Tsunami-induced scour on marine buildings: Physical and mathematical modelling. Total grant: £4,995. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (Awardee); Professor Ioan Nistor, University of Ottawa, Canada (Project Partner)
  • 1 - 14 August 2016, Impact Fund. Conducting a series of seminars on "Disaster Prevention Mechanisms against Tsunamis and Storm Surges" in Dubai, Sri Lanka and Japan. Total grant: £3,720. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (Awardee); Ms. Noora Mohammed Ahmed Hokal (Host), Dubai Municipality, Government of Dubai; Dr Kathigesu Raveenthiran (Host), Lanka Hydraulic Institute (LHI), Sri Lanka; Dr K. Arulananthan (Host), National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), Sri Lanka; Mr Sujeewa Ranawaka (Host), Department of Coast Conservation & Coastal Resource Management, Sri Lanka; Dr Ariyarathne Godaliyadda (Host); IESL School of Engineering, Sri Lanka; Professor Tomoya Shibayama (Host), Waseda University, Japan
  • 1 September 2015 - 30 August 2018, UEL Research Studentship Scheme 2015 (PhD Studies). Long-term modelling of beach morphological changes. Total grant: £68,880 (for 3 years of PhD study). Fully funded PhD scholarship including tuition fees (Project proposed by the Director of Studies). Researchers: Mr Gabriel Lim (Awardee), Currently PhD Student, UEL; Dr M P R Jayaratne (Director of Studies)
  • 24 - 31 July 2014, International Research Collaboration Fund 2014. Deterministic modelling of extreme beach erosion events due to storms. Total grant: £2,860. Researchers: Dr M P R Jayaratne (Awardee); Dr Chanaka Laknath (Project Partner), Lanka Hydraulic Institute (LHI), Sri Lanka; Professor Tomoya Shibayama (Project Partner), Waseda University, Japan
  • 1 June - 15 August 2014, Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme 2014. Wave impact and overtopping on vertical and sloped seawalls. Total grant: £2,000 (Project proposed by the Project Supervisor). Researchers: Ms Mara Nicholas (Awardee), BEng Student, UEL; Dr M P R Jayaratne (Project Supervisor)

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