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Dr Soroush Abolfathi

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Dr Soroush Abolfathi

Assistant Professor 

Thematic Lead in Environmental Sustainability - Global Research Priorities (GRPs)

Soroush dot Abolfathi at warwick dot ac dot uk
+44 (0) 24 7652 2923



Soroush is an assistant professor in Water and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering and a member of Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling.

2004 – 2008 BEng in Civil Engineering

2009 – 2011 MSc in Civil Engineering (Coastal and Offshore Engineering)

2012 – 2016 PhD in Coastal Engineering (Victoria Fernandes Fellowship, Warwick)

Thesis: Nearshore Mixing due to the effects of Waves and Currents

Research Interests

Pollution transport in the environment (solute and microplastics)

Resilient infrastructures to natural hazards, climate change and flooding

Teaching Interests

  • ES3D5: Water Engineering for Civil Engineers

Hydraulics Engineering lectures could be found here

Engineering Hydrology lectures could be found here

  • ES4F8: Environmental River Processes

Lecture notes on Nearshore Mixing due to the combined effects of waves and currents could be found here

  • IL911: Water and Environmental Management

Lecture notes on Resilience to flooding could be found here

Lecture notes on the use of numerical modeling for predicting resilience of coastal infrastructures could be found here

  • ES3E2: Civil Engineering Design II

Lecture notes on Climate change, sea-level-rise and effects of extreme climatic events on inland and coastal flooding could be found here

Lecture notes on the numerical modeling approaches for understanding wave-structure interactions and design for resilient coastal infrastructures could be found here

  • Course nameGD305: Challenges of Climate Change

Lecture notes on climate change consequences and mitigation/adaptation approaches can be found here

Selected Publications

Salauddin, Md , O'Sullivan, John, Abolfathi, Soroush, Dong, Shudi and Pearson, Jonathan M. (2020) Distribution of individual wave overtopping volumes on a sloping structure with a permeable foreshore. Coastal Engineering Proceedings (36v). doi:10.9753/icce.v36v.papers.54

Abolfathi, Soroush, Cook, Sarah, Yeganeh-Bakhtiary, Abbas, Borzooei, Sina and Pearson, Jonathan M. (2020) Microplastics transport and mixing mechanisms in the nearshore region. Coastal Engineering Proceedings (36v). doi:10.9753/icce.v36v.papers.63

O'Sullivan, John, Salauddin, Md, Abolfathi, Soroush and Pearson, Jonathan M. (2020) Effectiveness of eco-retrofits in reducing wave overtopping on seawalls. Coastal Engineering Proceedings (36v). doi:10.9753/icce.v36v.structures.13

Dong, Shudi, Abolfathi, Soroush, Salauddin, Md and Pearson, Jonathan M. (2020) Spatial distribution of wave-by-wave overtopping at vertical seawalls. Coastal Engineering Proceedings (36v). doi:10.9753/icce.v36v.structures.17

Dong, Shudi, Abolfathi, Soroush, Salauddin, Md , Tan, Z. H. and Pearson, Jonathan M. (2020) Enhancing climate resilience of vertical seawall with retrofitting - A physical modelling study. Applied Ocean Research, 103. 102331. doi:10.1016/j.apor.2020.102331

Cook, Sarah, Price, Oliver, King, Andrew, Finnegan, Chris, van Egmond, Roger, Schäfer, Hendrik, Pearson, Jonathan M., Abolfathi, Soroush and Bending, G. D. (2020) Bedform characteristics and biofilm community development interact to modify hyporheic exchange. Science of The Total Environment . doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141397 

Goodarzi, Danial, Sookhak Lari, Kaveh, Khavasi, Ehsan and Abolfathi, Soroush (2020) Large-eddy simulation of turbidity currents in a narrow channel with different obstacle configurations. Scientific Reports, 10. 12814. DOI:10.1038/s41598-020-68830-5

Chatrabgoun, O., Karimi, R., Daneshkhah, A., Abolfathi, Soroush, Nouri, H. and Esmaeilbeigi, M. (2020) Copula-based probabilistic assessment of intensity and duration of cold episodes : a case study of Malayer vineyard region.Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 295 . 108150. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2020.108150

Goodarzi, Danial, Abolfathi, Soroush and Borzooei, Sina (2020) Modelling solute transport in water disinfection systems: effects of temperature gradient on the hydraulic and disinfection efficiency of serpentine chlorine contact tanks. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 37. 101411.

Borzooei, Sina, Miranda, Gisele H. B., Abolfathi, Soroush, Scibilia, Gerardo, Meucci, Lorenza and Zanetti, Maria Chiara (2020) Application of unsupervised learning and process simulation for energy optimization of a WWTP under various weather conditions. Water Science & Technology. DOI:10.2166/wst.2020.220

Yeganeh-Bakhtiary, Abbas, Houshangi, Hamid and Abolfathi, Soroush (2020) Lagrangian two-phase flow modeling of scour in front of vertical breakwater. Coastal Engineering Journal. DOI:10.1080/21664250.2020.1747140 

Salauddin, Md, O'Sullivan, John, Abolfathi, Soroush and Pearson, Jonathan M. (2020) Extreme wave overtopping at ecologically modified sea defences. In: EGU General Assembly 2020, 4–8 May 2020 DOI:10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-6162

Borzooei, Sina, Amerlinck, Youri, Panepinto, Deborah, Abolfathi, Soroush, Nopens, Ingmar, Scibilia, Gerardo, Meucci, Lorenza and Chiara Zanetti, Maria (2020) Energy optimization of a wastewater treatment plant based on energy audit data: small investment with high return. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 8 . DOI:10.1007/s11356-020-08277-3

Cook, Sarah, Chan, Hui-Ling, Abolfathi, Soroush, Bending, G. D., Schäfer, Hendrik and Pearson, Jonathan M. (2020) Longitudinal dispersion of microplastics in aquatic flows using fluorometric techniques. Water Research, 170. 115337. DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2019.115337

Projects and Grants

Other Responsibilities

Soroush is currently chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for Coventry and Warwickshire branch and serves as a member (Vice-Chair) of the UK Leadership Team for International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).


PhDs: I am currently looking to take on PhD students. Applicants should have an engineering background (Fluid Dynamics) with a strong mathematical component. Familiarity with computing and numerical analysis would be advantageous. For further details, please contact me.

Current PhD Positions:

CENTA DTP (NERC) Positions:

[1] Dynamics of pollution transport in constructed wetlands: identification and quantification of underlying physical mechanisms of solute and solid (microplastic) transport 

[2] The fate of microplastics in aquatic environments: Effect of Size, Shape, and Density 

[3] Tackling Plastic Waste Problem using Flash Graphene for Recycling

(Application Deadline: January 11, 2021 - Application guidance)

Cotutelle PhD Scholarship:

Multiphase Flows in Engineered Porous Media

(Application Deadline: January 18, 2021)