Mr Mehdi Bagheri-Gavkosh
PhD Research Student
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Mehdi joined the Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW), University of Exeter as a Ph.D. student in May 2023. His PhD research mainly focus on Natural Flood Management Solutions.
Before he starts his PhD in Exeter, Mehdi graduated with a bachelor degree in water engineering in 2015 from Lorestan University, Iran. He also received his M.Sc. in the field of water resources engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran in 2017.
Since finishing his degrees, he has done some research about flooding, flood seasonality, flood risk, water management, groundwater, Participatory groundwater management and land subsidence, published in prestigious scientific journals including STOTEN and cleaner production.
Mehdi has also been a teacher assistant in different universities and had some collaborations in applied projects about surface water-groundwater interactions and aquifer storage and recovery management.
MSc Water Resources Engineering- University of Tehran, Iran
BSc Water Engineering - Lorestan University, Iran
Optimising Multiple Natural flood Management Solutions
Supervisors: Prof. Richard Brazier, Dr. Diego Panici, Dr. Alan Puttock
Funding Body: DIRP Project
Flooding is one of most damaging phenomena around the globe that affect humans’ life and economy. So, practical solutions should be used in order to decrease its dire consequences. The Natural Flood Management is an approach, called from nature to nature, has been implemented across the world. Although this useful solution has Hydrological (Flood Reduction, Water storage and Water quality), ecological (Infiltration, Biodiversity and Sediment capture) and socio-economical (Sustainable, flexible, Acceptable, Environmental-friendly) advantages, its gaps cannot be neglected.
In this project this team tries to do a comprehensive study so as to address the knowledge gap that surrounds decision-making around NFM solutions, quantifying which approaches are best, where and characterising the differences that each approach might deliver in terms of flood attenuation and water storage. Working across a wide range of field sites, and deploying a Multi-site, Before, After, Control, Impact experimental design, this research will deliver enhanced empirical understanding of Natural Flood Management approaches.
This project involves an exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between experienced researchers at the University of Exeter, the University of Plymouth, Devon County Council, the EA and multiple other project partners.
Broad research specialisms:
His academic interests include Flooding, Hydrology, Flood Seasonality, Water Management, Groundwater, Land Subsidence, River-Groundwater Interactions, Aquifer Storage and Recovery Management and Societal Issues in Water.
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Mehdi has helped different faculties of University of Tehran as a Postgraduate Teaching Associate on the following modules:
- GEO1312 - Fieldwork in Physical Geography - Dr. Kees Jan van Groenigen
- GEOM143 - Global Systems Thinking - Dr. James Dyke
- GEO3230 - Tropical Forests in a Changing World - Dr. Ted Feldpausch
- GEO2232 - The Cryosphere - Dr. Steven Palmer
- GEO2135 - In/visible spaces of modern life - Dr. Roger Auster
- Enquiring Hydrology, Department of Irrigation and Remediation, University of Tehran (January 2021 – June 2021)
- Groundwater, Department of Irrigation and Remediation, University of Tehran (January 2020 – June 2020)
- Water Resource Management, Department of RS & GIS, University of Tehran (January 2019 – June 2019)
- Hydrology, Department of Physical Geography, University of Tehran (January 2018 – June 2018)