Professor Alison Raby
Professor in Environmental Fluid Mechanics
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Associate Head (Research) School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
Leader of the COAST Engineering Research Group https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/coast-engineering-research-group
DPhil 'Extreme Waves, Overtopping and Flooding at Sea Defences' (Oxford)
PhD 'Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Perfusion and Diffusion in MRI' (Surrey)
BSc Hons 'Physics with Mathematics' (Sussex),
MSc Programme Manager
Coastal Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Global Engineering and Interdisciplinary Design Projects
Extreme wave interactions with coastal structures
Wave loading on lighthouses
Post-tsunami reconnaissance missions
Marine renewable energy technologies
Grants & contracts
I am currently Principal Investigator on the following research grants:
C-FLOOD -Compound flooding from tropical cyclone-induced sea surge and precipitation in Sri Lanka 2018-2020, NERC grant number NE/S005838/1
STORMLAMP - Structural behaviour Of Rock Mounted Lighthouses At the Mercy of imPulsive waves 2016-2020, EPSRC grant number EP/N022947/1
I am currently Co-Investigator on the following research grants:
H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016 – “Reliability and safety engineering and technology for large maritime engineering systems” (RESET, 730888).
I was the Principal Investigator, on the following research grants:
Post earthquake field investigation of the M8.0 Samoa Islands earthquake and tsunami of September 29, 2009, EPSRC Nov 2009-Jan 2010, EPSRC Grant Number EP/H043314/1 (£34,000)
Fundamentals of overtopping from violent wave imapcts (OVI), EPSRC Grant Number EP/D080533/1, 2006-2008 (University of Plymouth: £170,000, University of Bristol: £140,000).
Also I was Co-Investigator on:
ENFORCE - Extreme responses using NewWave: Forces, Overtopping and Runu-up in Coastal Engineering, 2013-2015, EPSRC Grant Number EP/K024108/1
FROTH: Fundamentals and Reliability of Offshore Structure Hydrodynamics, EPSRC November 2012-October 2015, EPSRC Grant Number EP/J012866/1 (£436,113)
X-MED: EXtreme Loading of Marine Energy Devices due to Waves, Current, Flotsam and Mammal Impact, EPSRC, February 2012-January 2015, EPSRC Grant Number EP/J010235/1 (£901,377)
EEFIT Earthquake Mission Grant: Funding for Improved Response and Dissemination 2011 - 2016, EPSRC Grant Number EP/I01778X/1 (£205,494)
GWR and Embley Energy funded project, Survivability and Tuning of the Sperboy Wave Energy Converter (2008-11) £55,200.
Joint industry-funded CASE PhD Studentship with HR Wallingford and involvement from the Environment Agency, Understanding the failure mechanisms of seawalls in a load dependent way (2010-13) £89,000.
Partner in Department for International Development (DfID) funded project led by Engineers Against Poverty: Developing a curriculum for Global Engineering (2009-2012). Total grant value: £259,450.
Holder of a University of Plymouth Teaching Fellowship Award: The Global Engineer (2006-07). Total value: £5,000. Work that was undertaken on this small grant led to a new Engineers Without Borders student society and an invitation to become a partner in the above DfID project, with subsequent award of small grant (£3,000).
- Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport
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