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Dr Ivan D Haigh BSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography

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Dr Ivan D Haigh is Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Current position

Ivan Haigh is Associate Professor in coastal oceanography at the University of Southampton. Ivan's main research interests are:

  • assessing historic and determining future changes in mean and extreme sea levels at local, regional and global scales; and
  • determining how to effectively translate global projections of absolute sea level rise down to regional and local scales in practical terms that will aid coastal managers and engineers inform flood and erosion risk-based management and for future planning.

In this regard, he is interested in all aspects of sea level variations from time scales of minutes (ocean surface waves), hours (seiches, tides), days (storm surges), through to longer term changes (seasonal, inter-annual and longer-term changes in mean sea levels, lunar tidal cycles). He has experience in assessing observational datasets (i.e. tide gauge records, wave buoy data) and tide/surge and wave numerical modelling for short (forecasting, navigation) and long (coupling with climate models to assess past/present and potential future changes in storm surges, extreme sea levels and coastal flooding) term applications.

Ivan is currently the Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator of two major research projects. He leads the NERC-funded iGlass consortium project (2011-2015) which is using interglacials to assess future sea-level scenarios. Ivan leads the Southampton component of the EPSRC-funded Flood MEMORY consortium project, led by Newcastle University. The overall project aim is to investigate the effects of temporal clustering of flood events on natural built and socio-economic systems with memory, in order to identify critical vulnerabilities, better allocate resources for protection and recovery and improve flood resilience. Ivan also is actively involved in several projects with DHI, UNESCO-IHE, the Australian Department of Climate Change and the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage.

In regards to teaching, he is the co-director (together with Robert Nicholls) and admissions officer of the MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment. This programe is uniquely provided jointly by academics from the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, based at Highfield Campus and Ocean and Earth Science, based at the National Oceanography Centre. The programme is strongly linked to industry and focussed on applied issues in the coastal zone. The overall goal is to educate technically-orientated coastal practitioners for suitable employment in coastal engineering, both in consultancies and relevant areas of government.

Career history

In the last 12 years Ivan has worked on a wide range of projects in both industry and academia covering many different aspects of coastal oceanography, with a particular focus on sea-level rise and coastal flooding. After graduating from the University of Southampton in 2001, having studied oceanography and maths, he worked for 5 years as a numerical modelling consultant at ABP Marine Environmental Research. During this time he led several projects for the Environment Agency, looking at coastal flood risk along the UK south coast. He then undertook a PhD at the University of Southampton examining sea-level rise and extreme events around the UK. He then was a research assistant professor at the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia, primarily assessing past and potential future changes in sea level and variability around Australia and worldwide. In April 2012 he joined the National Oceanography Centre Southampton as a lecturer in Coastal Oceanography with the University of Southampton. Ivan is also an Adjunct research fellow at the UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia.

Research

Responsibilities

Publications

Teaching

Contact

Research interests

  • Sea level variations from time scales of minutes (ocean surface waves), hours (seiches, tides), days (storm surges), through to long term changes (seasonal, inter-annual and longer-term changes in mean sea levels, lunar tidal cycles);
  • Data archaeology exercises to extend tide gauge records to improve estimates of historic changes in sea level and storminess;
  • Tide/surge and wave numerical modelling for short (forecasting, navigation) and long (coupling with climate models to assess past/present and potential future changes in storm surges, extreme sea levels and coastal flooding) term applications;
  • Extreme value theory statistics for assessing flood defence levels;
  • Understanding the processes that drive both short term and long-term coastal and estuary morphology;
  • The development, calibration and application of process based (bottom-up) and regime and equilibrium (top-down) numerical models in marine research;
  • Application of the above to coastal engineering and management.

Research group members include:
Dr Matthew Wadey
Dr Fiona D Hibbert
Christos Mitsis
Robery Mawdsley
Abd Muhaimin Amiruddin

Links to Active Research

iGlass (Using interglacials to assess future sea-level scenarios)

Flood MEMORY (Multi-Event Modelling of Risk and recoverY)

Member of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Affiliate research groups: Geology and Geophysics, Coastal Processes, Coastal Engineering and Management.

Research group(s)

Physical Oceanography

Research project(s)

The influence of reefs on coastal oceanography, erosion and recovery

Flood MEMORY: Multi-Event Modelling Of Risk & recoverY

iGlass: Using interglacials to assess future sea level scenarios

Sediment transport pathways offshore between Poole and Christchurch Bays

Great Barrier Reef: How reef morphology and sea level affects wave transmission

When will 1.5°C of warming occur, and what will the consequences be? (ADJUST1.5)

Understanding the pathways to and impacts of a 1·5°C rise in global temperature is internationally important to "strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change…. and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1·5°C above pre-industrial levels….". Our research will evaluate adjustable pathways to 1.5 °C, in which the emissions pathway responds to climate observations over the 21st century to maximise the likelihood of delivering the final warming target. We assess the consequences for temperature, sea-level, ocean pH, and societal consequences in the 2100 and beyond.

Surge Watch: An interactive and multi-purpose database of coastal flooding events for the UK

Rips and risk: An investigation of the hazard signature

Co-director (together with Robert Nicholls) and admissions officer of the MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment.

Article(s)

Book Section(s)

  • Recent change - North Sea - Huthnance, John, Weisse, Ralf, Wahl, Thomas, Thomas, Helmuth, Pietrzak, Julie, Souza, Alejandro Jose, van Heteren, Sytze, Schmelzer, Natalija, van Beusekom, Justus, Colijn, Franciscus, Haigh, Ivan, Hjollo, Solfrid, Holfort, Jurgen, Kent, Elizabeth C., Kuhn, Wilfried, Loewe, Peter, Lorkowski, Ina, Mork, Kjell Arne, Patsch, Johannes, Quante, Markus, Salt, Lesley, Siddorn, John, Smyth, Tim, Sterl, Andreas and Woodworth, Philip. In North Sea Region Climate Change Assessment - Quante, Markus and Colijn, Franciscus (eds.)
    Published:
    2016
    Published by:
    Cham, CH
    Series:
    Regional Climate Studies
    Page Range:
    85-136
  • The risks of sea-level rise for coastal cities - Nicholls, R.J., Reeder, T., Brown, S. and Haigh, I.D.. In Climate change: a risk assessment - King, D., Schrag, D., Dadi, Z., Ye, Q. and Ghosh, A. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    London, GB
    Page Range:
    94-98
  • Modelling memory of coastal flood systems - Karunarathna, H., Brown, J.M., Briganti, R., Pockrajac, D., Haigh, I., Beck, C., Dissanayake, P., Pedrozo-Acuna, D., Sparrow, K. and Wadey, M.. In Proceedings of 34th Conference on Coastal Engineering, Seoul, Korea, 2014
    Published:
    2014
    At event:
    34th Conference on Coastal Engineering
    Published by:
    Reston, US
    Series:
    Coastal Engineering Proceedings, 34
    Page Range:
    Paper-management.19
  • The influence of calcarenite limestone reefs on beach erosion and recovery, from seconds to years - Gallop, Shari L., Bosserelle, Cyprien, Pattiaratchi, Charitha B., Eliot, Ian and Haigh, Ivan D.. In Proceedings of the 33rd international Conference on Coastal Engineering 2012 - Lynett, Patrick and McKee Smith, Jane (eds.)
    Published:
    2012
    At event:
    ICCE 2012
    Published by:
    Reston, US
    Page Range:
    sediment.71-15pp
  • Simulation of perched beach accretion using smoothed particle hydrodynamics - Bosserelle, C., Haigh, I.D., Pattiaratchi, C. and Gallop, S.L.. In Coasts and Ports 2011 : Diverse and Developing: Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 13th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    Barton, ACT, AU
    Page Range:
    79-83
  • Twentieth-century changes in extreme still sea levels in the English Channel - Haigh, I., Nicholls, R.J. and Wells, N.C.. In Coastal Engineering 2008: Proceedings of the 31st International Conference - Smith, Jane Mckee (ed.)
    Published:
    2009
    At event:
    31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering
    Published by:
    New Jersey, USA
    Page Range:
    1199-1209

Conference(s)

Thes(i/e)s

SOES6011: Applied Sediment Dynamics, Course co-ordinator
CENV6143 Research Project: Engineering in the coastal environment, Course co-ordinator with Robert Nicholls
SOES6014: Introduction to Physical Oceanography, Lecturer
SOES6058: Introduction to Physical Oceanography for Ship Science, Lecturer
SOES6060: MSc Key Skills and Applied Coastal Oceanography, Lecturer

Dr Ivan D Haigh
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Room Number: NOCS/564/08

Telephone: (023) 8059 6501
Email: I.D.Haigh@soton.ac.uk


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