Since 2000, I have been Principal Investigator or Co-investigator for 7 EPSRC grants, 2 NERC grants and 6 other grants funded by the RAEng, EU and regional research development agencies on physical and numerical modelling of hydrodynamics and morphodynamcis in coastal and estuarine environment, secured more than £3m research funds. Particularly, I am heavily involved in developing and refining a depth-average coastal morphological model:  COAST2D, as well as using other state-of-the-art models such as POLCOMS, TELEMAC, FVCOM, and EFDC for research projects. Selected major research projects are highlighted below and further details can also be found from each individual project page listed in the right panel.

Selected Research Projects

  • EPSRC: Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics (WISE-CDT), £1.14m (Project total £5.6m), 01/04/2014 – 30/09/2023, Co-Investigator
  • NSFC: Morphological evolution of the Yellow River delta: Mechanism and environmental effects, ¥2800k (~£325k), 1/1/2018 – 31/12/2021, Co-Investigator
  • East China Normal University: Open Research Funds of State Key Laboratory for Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC), Integrated modelling of the medium and long-term morphodynamical evolution of the Yellow River Delta, ¥145k (~£16.5k), 31/12/2018-31/12/2019, Principal Investigator
  • Ser Cymru NRE-LCEE: “Quantification, optimisation and environmental impacts of marine renewable energy (QUOTIENT), £61k, 01/01/2015 – 30/06/2018,  Co-Investigator
  • NERC: Integrating coastal sediment systems (iCOASST), £350k (Project total £2.79m), 01/02/2012 – 31/01/2016, Co-Investigator
  • HEFCW: Climate Change Consortium for Wales (C3W), £144k, 01/10/2009 – 31/03/2014, Co-Investigator
  • WEFO: LCRI Marine – Hydro-environmental Assessment, £777k (Project total £1.58 m), 01/01/2010 – 31/12/2014, Co-Investigator
  • CHINA-MoST: Numerical Modelling of Sediment Transport and Medium to Long-term Evolution in Modaomen Estuary of the Pearl River, ¥900k, 01/01/2011 – 31/12/2013, Co-Investigator, in collaboration with Prof Liangwen Jia of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • EU-FP7: Innovative Coastal Technologies for Safer European Coasts in a Changing Climate (THESEUS), €386k (Project Total: €6.53m), 1/12/2009 – 30/11/2013, Co-Investigator
  • RAEng, Research Exchange with China and India: Modelling the Impact of Climate Change on Microclimate System of Coastal Zone, July-Oct 2010, £5.2k, Principal Investigator
  • NERC: Ensemble Prediction of Inundation Risk and Uncertainty arising from Scour (EPIRUS), £805k, 1/1/2007 – 31/10/2011, Co-Investigator (led Modelling of Tides, Waves and Surge work package)