Mr Avidesh Seenath, BSc (UWI); MPhil (UWI)
I am an early-stage researcher with key research interests in coastal geomorphological change and flood vulnerability under climate change, which entails the application of remote sensing, numerical modelling, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). My overall aspiration is to map and fully understand the drivers of coastal change in the Caribbean for informing coastal management in the region. Such information is of paramount importance in the face of rising sea-levels and increasing storm surge intensity under climate change, particularly for the Caribbean where there is a lack of data re: climate change vulnerability.
2016 - Present: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Geography - Durham University, United Kingdom.
Project: Numerical Modelling of Shoreline Evolution in Response to Anthropogenic Forcing
2012 - 2015: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Geography - The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad.
Funding: Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA) Scholarship
2009 - 2012: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Geography with Environmental Biology (First Class Honours) - The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad.
Key Research Interests
My key research interest revolve around coastal geomorphological change and flood vulnerability under climate change, which entails the application of remote sensing, numerical modelling, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Such interest can be classified into five main areas:
- Detection and monitoring of coastal change through remote sensing and numerical modelling applications.
- Forecasting flood vulnerability under projections of climate change impacts (i.e. sea-level rise and storm surges) for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
- Understanding and projecting the impact of extreme sea events on coastal morphology.
- Quantifying social vulnerability to coastal hazards through GIS applications.
- Coastal Flood Risk Mapping.
Teaching: Tutoring and Demonstrating
- GEOG 1081: Physical Geography (2016-2017)
- GEOG 1232: Introduction to Geographical Research-BSc (2016-2017)
- GEOG 2591: Handling Spatial Data (2016-2017)
- 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 Modeling Analyses.’ Presented at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria on May 02. (Session NH5.4: Monitoring and Modelling to Guide Coastal Adaptation to Extreme Sea Events in a Changing Climate).
- 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 on June 16. (Session C6: Mapping Sea Level Rise).
- Seenath, A. (2014). ‘Hydrodynamic and GIS Modelling for Coastal Flood Vulnerability Assessment.’ Presented at the Coastal Zone Canada Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on June 18. (Session S20: Joining Forces - C-Change/ParCA Synthesis).
- Seenath, Avidesh, Wilson, Matthew & Miller, Keith Hydrodynamic versus GIS modelling for coastal flood vulnerability assessment: Which is better for guiding coastal management?. Ocean & Coastal Management. 2016;120:99-109.
- Seenath, Avidesh Modelling coastal flood vulnerability: Does spatially-distributed friction improve the prediction of flood extent?. Applied Geography. 2015;64:97.