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Dr Abiy S. Kebede BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Abiy S. Kebede is a Research Fellow in Integrated Modelling within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. He is also a member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Abiy joined the University of Southampton, the then School of Civil Engineering and the Environment in 2008 during his second year study as part of the EU-funded Erasmus Mundus International Master’s Programme in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM). He spent his first year at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU in Trondheim, Norway) and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft in Delft, The Netherlands). He joined the Energy and Climate Change Research Group as a Research Assistant immediately after completing his MSc study in June 2009. Abiy also worked as a Graduate Assistant and Assistant Lecturer (in Ethiopia) following completion of his BSc study in Civil Engineering. Abiy did his PhD at the University of Southampton as part of the EU-funded FP7 (CLIMSAVE) project with his thesis "The food-water-land-ecosystems nexus in Europe: An integrated assessment". Abiy has now started working on the (DECCMA) project as part of the WP5 (Integrated Modelling) team that is developing an integrated assessment tool to assess adaptation and migration in deltas.

Research interests

Abiy is interested in understanding the potential direct and indirect impacts of climate change, sea-level rise and socio-economic changes and assessing the costs and benefits of adaptation to these changes at different spatial (from local to global) and temporal (from short- to long-term) scales and across multiple sectors/sub-systems for informing robust adaptation decision-making. His research broadly focusses on exploring the following key research questions:

  • What are the physical, socio-economic and environmental impacts of climate change and sea-level rise in coastal areas, including deltas?
  • What are the implications of historic coastal landfills on shoreline management planning?
  • What are the direct and indirect cross-sectoral impacts and associated uncertainties under a range of future climate and socio-economic change scenarios?
  • How can we devise robust adaptation policies across multiple sectors/sub-systems and scales?


His broad research interests focus on the following areas:


  • Climate change and coasts
  • Impacts and costs of sea-level rise and extreme events
  • Issues of coastal landfills and shoreline management planning
  • Coastal management and adaptation to future changes
  • Migration and adaptation in deltas
  • Direct and indirect impacts of and adaptation to climate and socio-economic changes
  • The food-water-land-ecosystems (FWLE) nexus
  • Cross-sectoral impacts and integrated assessments
  • Robustness of adaptation policies across sectors/sub-systems and scales
  • Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis in integrated assessment modelling
  • Spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Research group

Energy and Climate Change

Affiliate research group

Coastal Engineering and Management

Research project(s)

CLIMSAVE - Climate change integrated assessment methodology for cross-sectoral adaptation and vulnerability in Europe

Quantifying projected impacts under high end climate change (RISES-AM-)

Deltas, Vulnerability & Climate Change: Migration & Adaptation

Coastal Landfill and Shoreline Management: Implications for Coastal Adaptation Infrastructure

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ENVS6139 Geographic Information Systems Demonstrator
Dr Abiy S. Kebede
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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