Dr. P. K. Dissanayaka

Dr P. K. Dissanayaka

Research Officer
College of Engineering
Swansea University


Sediment transport and morphological modelling in coastal areas.
Improving modelling codes and increase predictability under above two applications.

Contact Info:
T +44 (0) 1792 295540
F +44 (0) 1792 295676
E p.k.dissanayake@swansea.ac.uk

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Numerical modelling on,

  • Sediment transport and morphological evolution of coastal and estuarine systems
  • Anthropogenic impacts on coastal processes
  • Climate change effects on coastal systems
  • Coastal flooding
  • Response of beach/dune systems to storms and storm clustering

Statistical analyses and deriving extreme forcing scenarios for coastal areas.


Selected publications:

Dissanayake, P., Wurpts, A., 2013. Modelling an anthropogenic effect of a tidal      asin evolution applying tidal and wave boundary forcings: Ley Bay, East Frisian Wadden Sea, Coastal Engineering 82, 9 – 24.

Dissanayake, D.M.P.K., Wurpts, A., Miani, M., Knaack, H., Niemeyer, H.D. and Roelvink, J.A., 2012. Modelling morphodynamic response of a tidal basin to an anthropogenic effect: Ley Bay, East Frisian Wadden Sea – applying tidal boundary only and different sediment fractions, Coastal Engineering, 67, 14 – 28.

Dissanayake, D.M.P.K., Ranasinghe, R., Roelvink, J.A., 2012. The morphological response of large tidal inlet/basin systems to Relative Sea Level Rise. Climatic Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0402-z

Dissanayake, D.M.P.K., Ranasinghe, R., Roelvink, J.A. and Wang, Z.B., 2011. Process based and Semi-empirical modelling approaches on tidal inlet evolution, Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, Proc. of the 11th International Coastal Symposium, Szczecin, Poland, 1013-1071.

Dissanayake, D.M.P.K., Van der Wegen, M., and Roelvink, J. A, 2009. Modelled channel  pattern in schematised tidal inlet. Coastal Engineering, 56, 1069 – 1083.

Dissanayake, D.M.P.K., Ranasinghe. R., and Roelvink, J.A., 2009. Effect of sea level rise

inlet evolution: a numerical modelling approach, Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, Proc. of the 10th International Coastal Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal, 942- 946.


Conduct tutorial classes for coastal modules: EGM M87 and EGA 331


  • FloodMEMORY: Multi-Event Modelling Of Risk and recovery
  • Supervise the PhD Research of Bologna University, Italy: Storm-triggered dune breaching for the Emilia-Romagna littoral zone and subsequent hinterland inundation - a process based approach