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Professor Harshinie Karunarathna

Professor, Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606549

Research Links

Office - 112
First Floor
Energy Safety Research Institute
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Prof. Harshinie Karunarathna is a personal chair in the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering of the College of Engineering of Swansea University, UK. She completed an BSc (Eng) in Civil Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, an MSc in River Estuarine and Coastal Engineering at Imperial College, London and a PhD in Coastal Engineering at Saitama University, Japan. Her primary discipline of research and teaching is coastal and estuarine engineering. Her main research focus is coastal hydro-morphodynamics and climate change impacts on the coastal zone. Her research has been supported by Research Councils UK and numerous other funding sources. She has published over 170 research articles in high impact international journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings and supervised 14 PhD students to successful completion. Harshinie currently leads the Energy and Environment Research group of the College of Engineering.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Computational modelling
  • Laboratory experimentation
  • Coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics and morphodynamics
  • Coastal flood risk
  • Environmental impacts of marine renewables
  • Nature-based coastal engineering
  • Climate change impacts on the coastal environment

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

EGA117/EGM107 – Coastal Processes and Engineering
EGM35 – Flood Risk Management
EGA117 – Fluid Mechanics 1

Research

Experimental measurements of swaying flexible vegetation by wave propagation

Modelled tidal flow through Deben Estuary inlet


Modelled morphodynamic change of offshore sandbanks due to tidal energy extraction

Award Highlights

JAMSTEC Nakanishi Award for the paper ‘Analysis of climate change impacts on seawall reliability, Coastal Engineering Journal, Vol. 57(3)’ (2016). The award was made by the Federation of Ocean Engineering Societies, Japan (2017)

Nominated for President’s Research Award for Outstanding Academic Research (2011), Sri Lanka

Award for Outstanding Research Performance (2001), University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka