Introduction:

Dr. Bahareh Kamranzad is an Assistant Professor at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, and Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (Gsais/Shishukan), Kyoto University. She has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, an M.Sc. in Civil Engineering-Hydraulic Structures, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Hydraulic/Coastal Engineering. Her research activities mainly focus on ocean renewable energies, climate change impacts, wave climate and modeling, coastal protection, and extreme events. She has received several national and international awards, and has achieved highly competitive positions, including JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Postdoctoral Research fellowship (acceptance rate: less than 10%), and Hakubi Global Type full-time faculty position at Kyoto University ​(acceptance rate: around 3%).

Until now, she has contributed to several research projects as PI, Co-PI, and collaborator (see Projects), and has published 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings in her area of expertise (see Publications). She is a topic editor of Frontiers in Marine Science and guest editor of JMSE  and Climate and is a co-founder of the International Integrated Wave Energy Research Group (IIWER) (see Contributions) and regularly acts as a reviewer of high-tier international journals such as Energy, Renewable Energy, Applied Ocean Research, Ocean Engineering, etc. In addition, she has been invited to give talks in several universities and research institutes and has given lectures in graduate and undergraduate courses (see List of invited talks and lectures).

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Research Achievements:

My research areas are mainly ocean renewable energies, climate change impacts, wave climate and modeling, coastal protection, and extreme events. I have worked on long-term numerical wave modeling in global and local scales, assessing the wave energy in regional and local scales, and have developed novel factors to include climate variability in the definition of wave energy hotspots. I have improved the accuracy of previous wave modeling in regional scales using long-term wave modeling and modification and data assimilation in wind and wave climate, utilizing various resources such as re-analysis, satellite altimetry, and local measurements. In addition, I have worked on extreme value analysis (EVA) using different methods and used the generated mean and extreme wind and wave climate to define various climate zones on regional scales. As well as numerical modeling, I have utilized Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) methods for wave forecasting and hybrid hindcasting introducing new combinations of inputs that generate wave characteristics with higher accuracy.

Moreover, I have worked on wind and wave climate projections using CMIP3 models (SRES scenarios), CMIP5 models (RCPs), and CMIP6 models (SSPs), and developed a novel method for hybrid downscaling of low-resolution GCMs combining both dynamical and statistical downscaling methods. I have also utilized climate projections to detect areas with higher wave climate stability, considering short-term fluctuations and future changes. In addition, I have contributed to global projects targeting future wave climate prediction. My works have contributed to generating a reliable long-term high-resolution database for wave energy potential in various areas, such as the Indian Ocean, Northeast Asia, South China Sea, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, and the Caspian Sea. Furthermore, with expanding the modeling period, I have introduced new criteria for detecting suitable locations for wave energy extraction considering the changing climate and both inter- and intra-annual variations and long-term (e.g., decadal) changes. Recently, my colleagues and I have developed a combined methodology for selecting the suitable location and technology together, considering the stability of resources in the short and long-term.For more details, please see the Publications and Projects.

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Employment:

Oct 2018-Present            Assistant Professor

The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research

Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS)

Kyoto University.

Highly competitive position (acceptance rate: around 3%) 

 

Nov 2016-Sep 2018        JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Disaster Prevention Research Institute

Kyoto University

Competitive position (acceptance rate: less than 10%)

 

Oct 2013-Nov 2016         Research Assistant Professor

Ocean Engineering and Technology Research Center (OETRC)

Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science (INIOAS)

 

Aug 2010-Sep 2013        Part-time senior researcher

Ocean Engineering and Technology Research Center (OETRC)

Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science (INIOAS)

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Education:

Ph.D. (2009-2013)           Civil Engineering (Hydraulic/Coastal Engineering)

Enviro-Hydroinformatics Center of Excellence, School of Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST)

          Graduated with an excellent degree

Thesis title: Climate change impact on wave energy regime

Supervisors: Prof. Amir Etemad-Shahidi (Griffith University), Prof. Abbas Yeganeh-Bakhtiyari (IUST), Dr. Vahid Chegini (INIOAS)

M.Sc. (2007-2009)           Civil Engineering (Hydraulic/Coastal Engineering)

Enviro-Hydroinformatics Center of Excellence, School of Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST)

Thesis title: Assessment of the effect of wind field on wave hindcasting

Supervisor: Prof. Amir Etemad-Shahidi (Griffith University, Australia)

B.Sc. (2002-2006)           Civil Engineering

College of Engineering, University of Tehran (UT), Tehran, Iran

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Awards and Achievements:

2020     “Exploration France 2020”, for collaboration with the Université Sorbonne Paris Nord & IPSL Laboratory of Oceanography and Climate:

    Experiments and Numerical Approaches (LOCEAN), awarded by the Embassy of France in Japan


2018    “Talented young scientist” travel grant to participate Young Scholar Forum at Sichuan University, China


2018     Full time faculty member (Assistant Prof.) position (Global Type), The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University, Japan

   (highly competitive position, acceptance rate: around 3%)


2018     Sêr Cymru II MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) COFUND postdoctoral fellowship research at Swansea University, UK, funded by the

   European Commission and Welsh Government (competitive position) 


2016     JSPS Postdoctoral Research fellowship and grant-in-aid by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for the project “Projection of

   wave climate and wave energy due to the climate change”


2016     British Council young scientist grant for taking part in the UK-Iran Researcher Links Workshop: ‘Water Management'


2015     26th IUGG general assembly travel grant, Prague, Czech Republic


2014     IOC-WESTPAC young scientists travel grant, NhaTrang, Vietnam


2012     Excellent Research award for the project "Evaluation of wave energy potential in the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman",

   awarded by the ministry of science, research and technology, 13th best researchers' festival, Tehran, Iran


2012     Awardee in student competition of 18th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of the International Association for Hydro-Environment

   Engineering and Research (IAHR), Jeju Island, South Korea

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