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Dominic Reeve is Professor of Coastal Engineering and a Chartered Mathematician. He is also Head of the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering College of Engineering which is the most prestigious research centre in the College 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


  1. Reeve, D. Seiches and harbour oscillations in a porous semi-closed basin Applied Mathematics and Computation 369 124835
  2. Reeve, D., Horrillo-Caraballo, J., Karunarathna, H., Pan, S., Reeve, D., Karunarathna, H. A new perspective on meso-scale shoreline dynamics through data-driven analysis Geomorphology 341 169 191
  3. Chowdhury, P., Behera, M., Reeve, D. Wave climate projections along the Indian coast International Journal of Climatology
  4. Reeve, D., Zuhaira, A., Karunarathna, H. Computational investigation of hydraulic performance variation with geometry in gabion stepped spillways Water Science and Engineering
  5. Reeve, D. Wave Overtopping in the UK During the Winter of 2013/14 (Ed.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference in Ocean Engineering (ICOE2018) 13 23 Springer Nature Singapore

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  • EG-M107 Coastal Processes and Engineering

    This module provides an introduction to the subject of coastal engineering. It provides an overview of the main physical processes that shape the coastal environment and the wider context of coastal engineering, together with the underlying tidal theory, wave transformation methods and sediment transport concepts. The programme will consist of a series of lectures and examples classes.

  • EG-M115 Coastal Structure Design

    This module comprises a group design of a simplified realistic coastal structure. Mimicking the professional engineering design, it provides students with experience in using the theories of the coastal engineering discipline as well as considering the Environmental Impact Assessment and sustainability to solve practical problems. The programme consists a series of lecture/tutorial classes, group/individual design work, group discussions and feedback and writing a design report.

  • EG-M87 Coastal Engineering

    This is the main module on the subject of coastal engineering. The module provides the background for undertaking detailed design of coastal flood defences and coastal protection schemes. It covers random waves, tides and littoral processes, as well as some of the more commonly used design equations. It includes wider issues such as: the coastal planning regime in the UK and the impacts of climate change on design. The programme will consist of a series of lectures and problems classes to study worked examples.

  • EGA331 Coastal processes and engineering

    This module introduces the fundamentals of wave and tidal mechanics including linear wave theory, wave transformation, nearshore processes, theory of tides and coastal water level variations which are essential to coastal engineering. The concepts introduced here provide an overview of the main physical processes that shape the coastal environment and forms the basis of learning more complex coastal zone management, coastal zone processes modelling and coastal designs in Level M.


  • The numerical simulation of wave-structure interaction (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Min Luo
  • long term morphodynamic effects of gravel barriers (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna
  • Modelling of Bimodal Wave Overtopping of Coastal Defences (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna
  • Investigation of saltmarsh impacts on storm wave and surge propagation (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna
  • Computational modelling of coastal erosion from multiple storms (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna
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    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna
  • 'Morphodynamic Response of Estuaries to Climate Change' (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna
  • 'Analysis of the impacts of climate-related variability of the incident storm wave climate on shoreline vulnerability and marine renewable energy generation in Wales.' (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna
  • Computational Investigation of flow over gabion spillways. (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna
  • Hydrological Modelling for Integrated Water Resources Management in a Changing Climate (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Dr Yunqing Xuan
  • 'Climate change Impacts on Coastal Flooding and Erosion' (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna
  • 'Computational Investigation into the Effects of Bimodal Seas on Wave Overtopping' (awarded 2017)

    Other supervisor: Prof Harshinie Karunarathna

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2011 Present Professor of Coastal Engineering College of Engineering, Swansea University
2011 Present Head Energy & Environment Research Group
2008 2009 Associate Dean (Research & Innovation) Faculty of Technology, University of Plymouth
2004 2011 Professor of Coastal Dynamics School of Engineering, University of Plymouth
1999 2003 Professor of Environmental Fluid Mechanics School of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham
1999 2003 Head Environmental Fluid Mechanics Group, University of Nottingham
1995 1999 Research & Development Manager Maritime Department, Sir William Halcrow & Partners Ltd
1991 1995 Quality Manager Maritime Department, Sir William Halcrow & Partners Ltd.
1989 1999 Senior Scientist/Project Manager Maritime Department, Sir William Halcrow & Partners Ltd.
1985 1989 Section Manager - Environmental Modelling Group Marconi Maritime Applied Research Laboratory, Cambridge, UK

External Responsibilities

  • Member, Editorial Board, Coastal Engineering

    2014 - Present

  • External Examiner, MSc in the Coastal Environment, University of Southampton

    2013 - Present

  • External Examiner, University of the West Indies

    2008 - 2015

  • External Examiner, BEng & MEng Civil Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

    2003 - 2005

  • External Examiner, University of Liverpool

    2001 - 2006

  • Member of the Editorial Board, Water Science and Engineering, Sponsored by Hohai University

    2013 - Present

  • Member of the Editorial Board, ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering

    2009 - Present

  • Member of the Editorial Board, Proceedings ICE Maritime Engineering

    2007 - 2011

  • Member of Council, Royal Meteorological Society

    2006 - 2009

  • Member, Steering Group for NERC’s Flood Risk under Extreme Events

    2005 - 2012

  • Chair, Scientific & Organising Committee, 2nd IMA International Conference on Flood Risk, Plymouth

    2005 - 2007

  • Member of the Editorial Board, IMA Mathematics Today

    2003 - 2013

  • Member, Organising Committee, ICE Conference on Coastal Management 2003, Brighton

    2001 - 2003

  • Member, EPSRC Peer Review College

    2000 - 2010

  • Member, Thematic Advisory Group (Estuarine & Coastal Processes), DEFRA/EA Research Programme

    2000 - 2005

  • Member, British National Committee, PIANC

    1997 - 2010

  • Member of Council, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

    1996 - 2002

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2016 JAMSTEC Nakanishi Award, (Japan Federation of Ocean Engineering Societies)
1995 International Gustave Willems Prize, (PIANC)
1995 University Research Scholarship, (University of Reading)
1980 Spackman Prize for Mathematics, (King’s College, London)

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
April 2014 ‘Tsunamis’, Bristol Channel Yacht Club, Swansea
April 2014 ‘Long term coastal morphological modelling’, Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference 2014, Cardiff University
September 2013 ‘Ensemble modelling for coastal flood risk’, Hohai University, China
March 2013 ‘Ensemble modelling for coastal flood risk assessment’, ICE Wales National Learning to Live with Flooding in Wales Conference
April 2013 ‘Understanding coastal change: Estuary response to sea level rise’, Symposium on the Problems of Small Estuaries, Swansea
January 2013 Encuentro Internacional de Manejo del Riesgo por inundaciones, Instituto de Ingenieria UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
December 2011 ‘Coastal morphology: Processes, modelling and applications’, 33rd Ocean Engineering Conference, Tainan, Taiwan
November 2011 ‘Semi analytical models of beach evolution’, THESEUS Workshop, Tainan, Taiwan
March 2007 ‘Coastal Flooding’, Joint ICE (Wales) and EPSRC Conference on ‘Flood Risk Management – Recent Developments’, Cardiff
July 2009 ‘Flood risks and port development’, British Ports Association Annual Forum, Plymouth
October 2010 ICE Regional Technical Seminar on Coastal Engineering, University of Plymouth
February 2010 26th International Conference on Seaports and Maritime Transport Integration for a better Future, Alexandria, Egypt
September 2005 ‘The use of coastal data in teaching’, at Channel Coastal Observatory Academics Meeting, National Oceanographic Centre
January 2005 ‘Numerical modelling of beach morphology and its variation’, Keynote Address to 43rd Annual Conference of the Ussher Society
October 2010 SW Environmental Modelling Group & SW British Hydrological Society Meeting, Plymouth
April 2003 ‘Probabilistic modeling of nearshore morphodynamics and shoreline changes’ – Summer School Workshop ‘Coastal Zone 03, Lubiatowo
April 2002 ‘Wave energy dissipation on barred equilibrium beaches’, Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore
February 2001 'Climate change and coastal processes', Forum of Qatari Engineers and the Ministry of Municipal affairs and Agriculture, Qatar
February 2001 'Climate change and coastal processes', College of Mathematical Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
February 2001 College of Marine Science and Department of Civil Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
January 2001 'An inverse technique for source reconstruction in a coastal evolution equation', Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, Birkenhead
July 2000 'Inverse methods for coastal morphology', Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore
April 2000 'Time to rock and stop the rollers', IMA Conference on Mathematics in Engineering, Loughborough
April 2000 National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering, The University of Mississippi, USA
September 1999 Anglian Coastal Authorities Group - 'Long-term evolution of the Yarmouth sandbanks', Gt Yarmouth


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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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Pevensey  Beach Management (2013)

Advice on assessment of beach management options along Pevensey Bay.

Climping Beach Erosion Study (2010-11)

Desk study and analysis of the impacts of Elmer Breakwater Scheme for Roger Maddrell Consulting Ltd.

Geobag Hydraulic Tests (2010-2011)

Laboratory tests of sediment retention by geobags and report for Geomarine Land Ltd.

National Flood Risk Assessment (NaFRA) (2009)

Member of review panel for the 2009 assessment, for DEFRA/EA

Exe Estuary Management Study (2007-2008)

Mathematical modelling of shoreline and estuarine morphology for a strategic study for the Devon Shoreline Partnership, in collaboration with Halcrow Group.

Colwyn Bay Beach Response Modelling (2006-2007)

Mathematical modeling of shoreline response for a groyne scheme study for Conwy County Borough Council, in collaboration with Coastal Engineering UK Ltd.

Great Yarmouth Sandbanks Assessment (2006-2007)

Statistical analysis of historical bathymetry charts of the Gt Yarmouth sandbanks. Ensemble forecasting of their future evolution up to 50 years into the future, and probabilistic assessment of channel navigability and dredging requirements, for International Port Holdings plc.

Risk Assessment for Coastal Erosion (2005-2006)

Involved a technical review of risk methodology; development of new statistical risk assessment techniques and preparation of a short report for DEFRA.

Estuary Research Project Phase 2 (2004-2006)

Involved the development of new hybrid estuary morphological evolution models and associated Boolean methods for an estuary simulator together with preparation of technical reports for DEFRA.

Peer review of Foresight Flood and Coastal Defence Draft Project Reports (2003)

Technical review of the project reports together with preparation of a short review report for the Office of Science & Technology (DTI).

Investigation into Sheerness Tidal Predictions (2003)

Review of investigations into the performance of the Sheerness tidal predictions used for management of the Thames Barrier, Halcrow Group Ltd.

Estuaries Research Programme Phase 2 (2002)

Review of Phase 1 work and recommendations for Phase 2, DEFRA/Environment Agency.

Coastal Concerted Action Vision (2001-2002)

Chair of the Vision Group responsible for developing a Coastal Vision Document for the Chairman of the River, Estuarine & Coastal Thematic Advisory Group, DEFRA/EA. 

Sarah Jane Offshore Windfarm Study (2002)

Analysis and prediction of decadal fluctuations in sandbank morphology at Gt Yarmouth, Halcrow Group Ltd.

Humber Historical Analysis (2001- 2003)

PI for this project to perform advanced statistical analyses on historical bathymetry charts of the Humber Estuary, as part of the larger Humber Strategy Programme funded by the Environment Agency.

Coastal Concerted Action (2001)

Report to the Chairman of the River, Estuarine & Coastal Thematic Advisory Group, (DEFRA/EA), Mouchel Consulting Ltd, 2001.

Freiston Shore - Saltmarsh rehabilitation scheme (1999)

Advisor on numerical modelling on a multidisciplinary project involving managed set-back over recently reclaimed land and recreating a tidal saltmarsh.

Second Penang Crossing (1999)

Derivation of extreme marine conditions for preliminary design

Wirral Cluster (1999)

Review of design for outfalls at Wallasey, Bromborough and Birkenhead

Uig Pier Upgrade Study, Isle of Skye, Scotland (1998)

Responsible for wave modelling study to provide design conditions for upgrading the ferry pier at Uig

Sohar Port Study, Oman (1998)

Responsible for wave, tide and sediment transport modelling to optimise breakwater and port layouts for a new port at Sohar.

Fylde Coastal Outfall (1998)

Review of survey and design procedures following failure of pipeline

Kesrouan Coastal Wastewater Project, Lebanon (1998)

Responsible for modeling studies supporting the design of a long sea outfall and treatment works

West Coast Coal Facility, New Zealand (1998)

Review of wave conditions for a proposed coal export terminal at Granity

Dubai Marine Hotel Beach Damage Study (1998)

Assessment of the construction of new breakwater on beach erosion

Punte Del Else Outfall Study, Uruguay (1998)

Responsible for wave modelling to determine design conditions for a 3km long sea outfall and pipeline stability calculations.