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Durham University

Department of Geography

Departmental Research Projects

Mr Avidesh Seenath, B.Sc. | M.Phil. | AFHEA

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Room number: S105

Contact Mr Avidesh Seenath (email at avidesh.seenath@durham.ac.uk)

I am an early-stage researcher interested in the application of numerical modelling, GIS, and remote sensing towards understanding coastal morphological change and flood vulnerability in a changing climate. More specifically, my key area of interest can be grouped into five categories:

  1. Detection and monitoring of coastal change through remote sensing and numerical modelling applications.
  2. Forecasting flood vulnerability under projections of climate change impacts (i.e. sea-level rise and storm surges) for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
  3. Understanding and projecting the impact of extreme sea events on coastal morphology.
  4. Quantifying social vulnerability to coastal hazards through GIS applications.
  5. Coastal flood risk mapping and modelling.

Ongoing

2016-Present: Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Geography), Department of Geography, Durham University, UK

  • Thesis: Numerical modelling of shoreline evolution in response to anthropogenic forcing.
  • Updates: Ongoing thesis updates available here

Academic Qualifications

2012-2015: Master of Philosophy (Geography), Department of Geography, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

  • Thesis: Comparing hydrodynamic models and GIS for coastal flood vulnerability assessments. 
  • Funding: Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA) Scholarship. Details on this funding soure available here
  • Supervisors: Dr. Matthew Wilson and Dr. Keith Miller
  • Access: Electronic copy available here

2009-2012: Bachelor of Science (Geography with Environmental Biology), The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

  • Honours: First class honours (EXIM bank prize for Best Graduating Student in Geography)

Teaching: Tutoring and Demonstrating

Tutor:

  1. GEOG 1081: Physical Geography (2016-2017)
  2. GEOG 2661: Cimate Change: Geographical Perspectives (2017-2018; 2018-2019)

Demonstrator:

  1. GEOG 1232: Introduction to Geographical Research-BSc (2016-2017)
  2. GEOG 2571: Global Environmental Change (2017-2018)
  3. GEOG 2591: Handling Spatial Data (2016-2017)
  4. GEOG 3261: Remote Sensing (2017-2018)

Conference Presentations

Oral Presentations

  • Seenath, A., I. Shennan, R. Hardy, and L. Turnbull-Lloyd. 2019. Effects of nearshore spatial discretisation on modelling shoreline change. Presented at the 15th UK Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland, May 15. Electronic copy available here
  • Seenath, A., I. Shennan, R. Hardy, and L. Turnbull-Lloyd. 2018. Impacts of hard structures on the evolution of sandy shorelines. Presented at Littoral 2018, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, October 22. Electronic copy available here
  • Seenath, A., I. Shennan, R. Hardy, and L. Turnbull-Lloyd. 2018. Impact of time-series data resolution on simulating shoreline change. Presented at the DHI Ireland Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, September 18. Electronic copy available here.
  • Seenath, A., I. Shennan, R. Hardy, and L. Turnbull-Lloyd. 2018. Impacts of nearshore mesh resolution on modelling shoreline change. Presented at the Coastal Zone Canada Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, July 18. (Session CP-12). Electronic copy available here.
  • Seenath, A. 2014. Hydrodynamic and GIS modelling for coastal flood vulnerability assessment. Presented at the Coastal Zone Canada Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 18. (Session S20: Joining Forces - C-Change/ParCA Synthesis). Electronic copy available here.
  • Seenath, A., M. Wilson, and K. Miller. 2014. A comparative analysis of hydrodynamic and GIS modelling for coastal flood Vulnerability assessment to determine the best approach for guiding coastal management. Presented at the Coastal Zone Canada Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 16. (Session C6: Mapping Sea Level Rise). Electronic copy available here.
  • Seenath, A., M. Wilson, and K. Miller. 2014. Projecting the current and future impact of storm surges on coastal flood extent at Pigeon Point, South-West Tobago, through hydrodynamic modelling analyses. Presented at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, May 02. (Session NH5.4: Monitoring and Modelling to Guide Coastal Adaptation to Extreme Sea Events in a Changing Climate). Electronic copy available here.

Poster Presentations

  • Seenath, A., I. Shennan, R. Hardy, and L. Turnbull-Lloyd. 2018. Effects of time-series data resolution on modelling shoreline change. Presented at the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) 57 Conference, Perth, Western Australia, September 03-06. (Winner – ECSA Best Poster Presentation Award). Electronic copy available here.

Professional Affiliations

  • Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (2018-Present).
  • Coastal Zone Canada Association (2014-2016; 2018-Present).
  • Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom (since 12-December-2017).
  • British Society for Geomorphology (since October 2016).

Grants and Scholarships

  • Charles Boyden Grant, issued by the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association for participation at the ‘ECSA57’ conference held in Perth, Western Australia | £487.00 | July 2018.
  • Research Postgraduate Grant, issued by the Department of Geography, Durham University, for participation at the Coastal Zone Canada 2018 conference held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador | £500.00 | May 2018.
  • Campus Research and Publication Grant, issued by The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, for participation at the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia | TT$ 10,000.00 (~ £1,136.16) | April 2014.
  • Campus Research and Publication Grant, issued by The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, for participation at the European Geosciences Union annual conference held in Vienna, Austria | TT$ 14,000.00 (~ £1,590.62) | February 2014.
  • Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA) Scholarship, awarded for the completion of a Master of Philosophy degree in Geography at The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago | BBD 37,000 (~ £14,161.82) | January 2013 - December 2014.

External Activities

  • Reviewer: Applied Geography, Science of the Total Environment

Selected Publications

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