Nashwan Matheen began his PhD at WRL in February 2018 on the topic of “Optimisation of storm induced dune erosion predictions within coastal hazard Early Warning Systems”. The end-goal of this research topic is to setup and evaluate the performance of a prototype coastal hazard Early Warning System at a Narrabeen-Collaroy beach in Sydney.
This system would provide timely and effective information regarding an approaching coastal storm hazard to emergency response teams and other identified institutions, to ensure a more effective response that reduces the risk to individuals that could be affected by the event. An Early Warning System such as this is crucial along developed coastlines where high-density development has reduced the resilience of the coastal zones and large numbers of people are at risk from extreme storm events.
Prior to commencing his PhD, Nash worked for a year as a graduate coastal engineer in the Maldives. Most of his projects focused on assessing the cause of coastal erosion on Maldivian islands and the development of feasible mitigation measures. A notable project he worked on was the development of a series of small “breakwater islands” to dissipate wave energy within a reef system.
- Coastal monitoring
- Wave propagation in reef environments
- Coastal morphological modelling