Professor Dominic Reeve

Professor, Civil Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606566

Email address

Office - 111
First Floor
Energy Safety Research Institute
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision



Dominic Reeve is Professor of Coastal Engineering and a Chartered Mathematician. He is also Head of the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering in the Department of Engineering which is the most prestigious research centre in the Department of Engineering, and whose history may be traced back to the early 1960s, and the seminal work on the Finite Element Method by the late Professor Olek Zienkiewicz and colleagues. The centre contains over 200 researchers and staff and further information can be found here:

A mathematician by training, Professor Reeve obtained his PhD in Dynamic Meteorology at the University of Reading, subsequently spending almost 15 years in industry in research and consultancy. He has taught engineering students at undergraduate and postgraduate (MSc) levels. His research areas include coastal flooding and erosion, coastal morphodynamics and marine renewable energy. He has been working in these areas for more than twenty-five years and has published a large number of journal papers and the text books:

‘Coastal Engineering: Processes, Theory and Design Practice’ SPON (2004, 2011, 2018);
‘Risk and Reliability: Coastal and Hydraulic Engineering’ SPON (2009); and
‘Hydraulic Modelling - An Introduction: Principles – Methods – Applications’, SPON (2010).

Well known internationally for his work, Professor Reeve was awarded the Spackman Prize for Mathematics by King’s College London, the Gustav Willems Prize by PIANC in 1998, and the JAMSTEC Nakanishi Award from the Japanese Federation of Ocean Engineering Societies in 2016.

Professor Reeve currently co-chairs the IMA International Conference on Flood Risk, and is on the Editorial Boards of Coastal Engineering (Elsevier), Journal of Waterway Port Coastal and Ocean Engineering (ASCE), Water (MDPI), Water Science and Engineering (Elsevier/Hohai), and the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (MDPI).

Professor Reeve has supervised over 20 PhD students to successful thesis defence. He is currently supervising four PhD students and is accepting new PhD students. Interested applicants should make contact by email, stating which area of Coastal/Hydraulic Engineering they wish to research, their source of funding, and the reference Z123.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Coastal Flooding
  • Erosion
  • Coastal Engineering

Career Highlights


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Research projects

  • iCOAST: Integrated coastal sediment systems
  • THESEUS: Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate
  • FRMRC 1 & 2: Flood risk management research consortium
  • EPIRUS: Ensemble prediction of inundation risk and uncertainty arising from scour
  • FLOODsite: Integrated flood risk analysis and management methodologies

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Award Highlights