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Ali Farhadzadeh

Assistant Professor



- Center for Applied Coastal Research, University of Delaware

Research Topics:

Nearshore hydrodynamics, sediment transport, wave-current-sediment-structure interaction, resilient coastal protection systems, coastal flooding

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  • Bio/Research


    The frequency and intensity of storms have increased in recent years. In addition, sea level rise and land subsidence have made coastal areas more vulnerable to coastal flooding.

    In the United States, more than half of the country’s population lives in coastal counties. The direct and indirect physical effects of future sea level changes and intensified storms must be taken into account during the planning, engineering, and designing of coastal projects. Better preparedness against flooding requires deeper understanding of coastal phenomena as well as better design procedures for coastal infrastructures.

    My research interests focus on nearshore hydrodynamics, coastal sediment process and beach morphological evolution, wave-current-sediment-structure interaction, resilient coastal protection systems and coastal flooding. As a registered Professional Engineer, I would like to apply my research to coastal engineering practices.

    I have authored several journal papers and conference proceedings.

  • Publications


    Farhadzadeh, A., Kobayashi, N. and Gravens, M. (2012). “Longshore Sediment Transport due to Breaking Waves and External Current”. J. Waterway, Port, Coastal, Ocean Eng., 138(3), 256–260. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000123.

    Gangai, J.,   Farhadzadeh, A.  and Hinterlong, K. (2012), “Demonstration Study to Evaluate Coastal Flood Hazards on Lake Erie”. ASFPM 2012 Annual National Conference, San Antonio, TX.

    Shultz, M. F.,   Farhadzadeh, A.  (2011). “Inundation due to Levee Wave Overtopping – An Integrated Modelling approach”. National Coastal Conference, New Orleans

    Kobayashi, N.,   Farhadzadeh, A.  and Melby, J.A. (2010). “Wave Overtopping and Damage Progression of Stone Armor Layer”. J. Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Eng. ASCE, 136(5), 257-265.

    Kobayashi, N.,   Farhadzadeh, A.,Melby, J.A., Johnson, B. and Gravens, M. (2010). “Wave Overtopping of Levees and Overwash of Dunes.” Journal of Coastal Research, doi: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-09-00034.1.

    Farhadzadeh, A., Kobayashi, N. and Melby, J.A. (2010). “Evolution of Damaged Armor Layer Profile”. Coastal Engineering 2010, Proc. 32nd Coastal Engineering Conf., World Scientific.

    Hicks, B., Kobayashi, N., Puleo, J.A. and   Farhadzadeh, A.  (2010). “Cross-Shore Transport on Gravel Beaches”. Coastal Engineering 2010, Proc. 32nd Coastal Engineering Conf., World Scientific.

    Kobayashi, N. and   Farhadzadeh, A.  (2009). “Dune Erosion and Overwash.” Proceedings of Coastal Dynamics 2009, Tokyo, Japan.

    Farhadzadeh, A., Kobayashi, N. and Melby, J.A. (2008). “Wave Overtopping and Overflow on Inclined Structures.” Proceedings of 31st Coastal Engineering Conference, World Scientific, Singapore.

    Puleo, J.A.,   Farhadzadeh, A.  and Kobayashi, N. (2007). “Numerical Simulation of Swash Zone Fluid Accelerations,” Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, C07007, doi: 10.1029/2006JC004084.

    Farhadzadeh, A., Puleo, J.A. and Kobayashi, N. (2006). “Fluid Acceleration in the Swash Zone”, Proceedings of the 30th Coastal Engineering Conference. San Diego, USA, 874-886.

    Farhadzadeh, A.  , Rafieyan, M. and Fattahi A., M. (2004). “Iranian Islands and Their Role in the Future Development and Performance of the Iranian Ports”, 6th International Conference on Coast, Ports and Marine Structures (ICOPMAS), Tehran, Iran

    Farhadzadeh, A., Salehi N., A. A. and Saghravani, S. F., (2003). “Experimental Study on Some Aspects of Scouring Downstream of a Roller-Bucket Spillway”, 6th International Seminar of River Engineering, Ahvaz, Iran

    Salehi N., A. A.,   Farhadzadeh, A.  and Amini, A. (2002). “Experimental and Field Study on Mining-Pit Migration”, International Journal of Sediment Research, Vol. 17, no. 4, 2002, 324-332.

    Salehi N., A. A.,   Farhadzadeh, A.  (2001). “Experimental Study on Some Aspects of Sand Mining-Pit Migration”, 3rd International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics (ISEH), Tempe, Arizona, USA

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