Dr Bahareh Kamranzad

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Civil and Environmental Engineering


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We welcome contributions to our joint  Special Issue in Ocean Modelling and Ocean Engineering on "Ocean Wave Modelling and Climate Impacts: Advances and Future Directions".

Dr Kamranzad is a Chancellor's Fellow in the ​Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. She is the head of the "Coastal Engineering & Ocean Climate" research group (http://oceanclimate.info/) and a leader within Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training in "AI-Based Ocean Forecasts for Marine Operation" mArIneCAST CDT. Her research interests lie within the field of Physical Oceanography and Coastal Engineering and her primary research focuses on investigating the impacts of climate change on oceanic conditions and coastal processes, ocean renewable energies (mainly wave energy and offshore wind), extreme events, and coastal hazards, protection & resilience. To advance these research interests, she employs a range of computational tools, including numerical models, soft computing methods, and hybrid approaches for the simulation of oceanic conditions, data assimilation, and regional downscaling of climate projections.

For her efforts in the fields of Energy, Oceanography, and Enabling & Strategic Technologies, Dr Kamranzad has been recognized as top 2% of Scientists Globally for 2023 by Elsevier and Stanford University, as well as achieving several international awards and recognition for her efforts in these fields. She is also a 2023 Emerging Sustainability Leader awarded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation & University of Basel. Dr. Kamranzad also serves as the Deputy Editor for Ocean Engineering (Elsevier) and Advisory Editorial Board for Coastal Engineering (Elsevier).


Dr Kamranzad has secured international research grants as Principal Investigator (PI), for diverse projects funded by Japan and China, and has contributed to publishing over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, predominantly in top-tier journals such as Nature Climate Change, Scientific Reports, Energy, Renewable Energy, Ocean Engineering, and Ocean Dynamics, in collaboration with international research groups, and has delivered presentations at a variety of public and reputable academic platforms, globally (see public and academic talks).

Dr Kamranzad has extensive research experience with a focus on international collaboration. She is the chair and co-founder of the International Integrated Wave Energy Research Group (IIWER). She currently serves as a guest editor for Ocean Engineering and Applied Ocean Research (Elsevier), a member of the editorial board of the Journal Coastal and Offshore Science and Engineering and the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (Marine Hazards Section), and regularly acts as a reviewer for high-impact journals. Moreover, she has been elected to the Science Board of the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section, Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU).

Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde, she worked in Japan for six years, initially at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University under the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship (acceptance rate < 10%), and then, at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University (acceptance rate < 4%) as an Assistant Professor. Furthermore, in 2022, she was a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College, London.


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Wind-wave climate changes and their impacts
Casas-Prat Mercè, Hemer Mark A, Dodet Guillaume, Morim Joao, Wang Xiaolan L, Mori Nobuhito, Young Ian, Erikson Li, Kamranzad Bahareh, Kumar Prashant, Menéndez Melisa, Feng Yang
Nature Reviews Earth & Environment Vol 5, pp. 23-42 (2024)
On the assessment of the wave modeling uncertainty in wave climate projections
Lobeto Hector, Semedo Alvaro, Menendez Melisa, Lemos Gil, Kumar Rajesh, Akpinar Adem, Dobrynin Mikhail, Kamranzad Bahareh
Environmental Research Letters Vol 18 (2023)
Global extreme wave estimates and their sensitivity to the analysed data period and data sources
Amarouche Khalid, Akpinar Adem, Kamranzad Bahareh, Khames Ghollame-Ellah-Yacine
Marine Structures Vol 92 (2023)
Wave modeling uncertainty in global wave climate projections: assessment and quantification
Lobeto Hector, Semedo Alvaro, Menendez Melisa, Lemos Gil, Kumar Rajesh, Akpinar Adem, Dobrynin Mikhail, Kamranzad Bahareh
3rd International Workshop on Waves, Storm Surges, and Coastal Hazards (2023)
Long-term change in global swell dominance based on 6 decades of re-analysis data
Kamranzad Bahareh, Amarouche Khalid, Akpinar Adem
10th Short Course/Conference on Applied Coastal Research
Performance evaluation of a global CMIP6 single forcing, multi wave model ensemble of wave climate simulations
Lemos Gil, Semedo Alvaro, Kumar Rajesh, Dobrynin Mikhail, Akpinar Adem, Kamranzad Bahareh, Bidlot Jean, Lobeto Hector
Ocean Modelling Vol 184 (2023)

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Research Interests

Main research interests: 

  • Ocean and Coastal Modelling (Numerical, Soft Computing and Hybrid)
  • Climate Projections and Regional Downscaling
  • Ocean Renewable Energies (OREs), Resource Assessment and Sustainability
  • Extreme Events in Coastal Areas
  • Novel Methods for Coastal Protection

The focus of this research is to contribute towards achieving net-zero emission targets through the development of sustainable OREs while considering the effects of a changing climate. The significance of this research extends to the human condition, including the well-being and livelihoods of coastal populations, by providing robust estimates of clean energy production, enhancing the resilience and protection of coastal environments, and supporting a sustainable Sato-Umi (the Japanese term for the coastal areas affected by human interaction with the sea), in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For potential collaborations or any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Professional Activities

M Reza Hashemi
Supergen ORE Hub Seventh Annual Assembly
Webinar: Building Collaborative Relationships Between Researchers in Scotland and Japan
2024 7th International Conference on Environment and Ocean Engineering
Member of programme committee
Coastal Engineering (Journal)
Advisory Board Member
Applied Ocean Research (Journal)
Guest editor

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Climate change impact on sustainability of wave energy resources in NE Asia and Japan
Kamranzad, Bahareh (Principal Investigator)
Among the renewable energies and ocean resources, wave energy has been less investigated due to high Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) associated with uncertainties in energy production estimations. However, development in the extraction technology is fast and the efficiency and suitability of wave energy exploitation depend on the areas where the technology is deployed, and it affects the estimated LCOE. Recent achievements in wave energy studies show that considering factors such as short-term variations and long-term changes are important in locating suitable sites with higher efficiency. The main purposes of this research are:
1. To identify the suitable sites in the study area for the most efficient energy production from waves
2. To assess the impact of climate change on locating suitable sites for energy extraction and energy production
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2022
Wave energy resource characterization for Sri Lanka in a changing ocean climate
Karunarathna, Harshinie (Principal Investigator) Kamranzad, Bahareh (Academic) de Silva, Kasun (Co-investigator) Rathnasooriya, Harsha (Co-investigator) Maduwantha, Pravin (Researcher)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2019
Sustainability of ocean renewable energy resources in Chinese nearshore areas of the South China Sea
Kamranzad, Bahareh (Principal Investigator) Lin, Pengzhi (Co-investigator) Yi, Wen (Researcher)
Long-term wave climate was evaluated in Chinese nearshore areas of the South China Sea in order to assess the sustainability of the available wave energy resources in long-term (5-decades) and select the most appropriate location/technology not only based on the amount of energy but also on novel criteria taking into account the sustainable development goals.

01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Climate change impact assessment on ocean wave energy and coastal hazards and reducing the uncertainties in pursuit of sustainable development
Kamranzad, Bahareh (Principal Investigator)
Renewable energy resources are proper alternatives to mitigate the negative effects of fossil fuels on global warming and climate change. Marine renewable energies are massive resources to provide parts of the energy demand in areas adjacent to open water bodies. Among them, waves have the highest density and lowest visual and environmental impacts, however, the available resources are strongly affected by climate change, which alters the wind magnitude and pattern and consequently, the wave climate. In addition, development from full-scale testing to the commercialization of wave energy farms has been relatively slow, partly due to the financial risks connected to uncertainties in quantifying the wave energy resources. Moreover, installment of wave energy converters (WECs) will impact the sea state and coastal morphology in the areas where the wave energy exploitation is planned. Therefore, my research is focused on assessing the climate change impacts on wave energy resources and extreme events to ensure a reliable supply of energy and efficient use of it, as well as reducing the uncertainties in coastal hazards and investigating the combined impact of climate change and installment of WECs on sea state and coastal morphology to reduce the uncertainties in planning for a future sustainable development.
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
Projection of wave climate and wave energy due to global warming
Kamranzad, Bahareh (Principal Investigator)
The aim of this research was to investigate the sustainability of wave energy resources in an appropriate location with high potential of wave energy harvesting considering the climate change impacts. Indian Ocean was selected as the target area due to the lack of any comprehensive study in that area on climate change impact on wave characteristics and wave energy. The wind data to force the wave model was obtained from a super-high-resolution product of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) (MRI-AGCM3.2S) with horizontal spatial and temporal output resolutions of 20 km and 1 hr., respectively. The wave modeling was performed for both historical (1979-2003) and future (2075-2099) projections. Based on the fifth phase of the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project (CMIP5), the scenario of future climate was considered by Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5 as defined by -representing trajectories of increasing global radiative forcing reaching +8.5 W m-2, by the year 2100 compared to pre-industrial conditions. SWAN numerical model was used to simulate the wave characteristics in the study area. Satellite multi-mission wave measurements available from 2010 to 2018 covering the whole domain with spatial and temporal resolutions of 1° and daily, respectively, were used for validation of the wave model. After the model validation, it was used to generate the wave characteristics in domain for historical and future projections and the produced time series were used for climate analysis. The discussion was carried out in different time scales to consider oceanic phenomena such as monsoons and tropical cyclones. In addition, the short-term variations in annual, seasonal and monthly scales and long-term changes due to climate change and their combination were investigated focusing on the nearshore areas around the Indian Ocean basin to represent a novel concept for the stability of the wind and wave parameters.
29-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2018

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Dr Bahareh Kamranzad
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Email: bahareh.kamranzad@strath.ac.uk
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