Syed Shamsil Arefin

Syed Shamsil Arefin


I have total 8.5 years of professional work experience in which 03 years after my Bachelor’s as well as 04 years after my Masters. I have worked in several coastal projects in Bangladesh and currently working in Long Term monitoring, research, and analysis of Bangladesh coastal zone in Institute of Water Modelling (IWM), Bangladesh with collaboration with Deltares, Netherlands and DHI, Denmark. I have Completed M.Sc in Coastal Engineering from TU DELFT, University of Southampton, NTNU under Erasmus Mundus Scholarship in 2015-2017. I am interested to pursue my Ph.D. in Large Scale Restoration of Coastal Ecosystems as I have seen, In Bangladesh there is a huge skill gap in this sector as most of the protection work are done as hard structure. So, the demand for proficient engineers with this background having thorough theoretical and practical knowledge is here to stay. As Bangladesh is situated in one of the largest estuaries with a dense population living near the region the impact of climate change, sea level rise is quite severe. On the other hand maintain hard structure throughout the coast is very expensive as lot of new intervention are taking place near the coast. For this, it is essential for me to develop technical knowledge in this sector for better contribution to my country.

Syed Shamsil Arefin

PhD title: Large Scale Restoration of Coastal Ecosystems: Assessing Protective Benefits

This research is part of the European consortium project REST-COAST (Large Scale Restoration Of Coastal Ecosystems: Rivers To Sea Connectivity), comprising 38 partners from across Europe. The
overall aim of REST-COAST is to demonstrate to what extent upscaled coastal restoration can provide a low carbon solution to climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction for threatened low-lying coastal systems, combined with gains in their biodiversity status. Within this overall research aim, this Phd studentship will assess the protection function of coastal marshes and mangroves on waves and surges, as a function of different coastal and wetland geometries. The research will examine the state-of-the-art concerning the level of protection different geometries of coastal wetlands provide in terms of attenuated waves and extreme water levels. This will include consideration of the common situation of wetlands fronting a coastal defence and how such hybrid situations can be best characterised. Building on this the student will develop generic representations of these effects that can be characterised with fairly simple parameter sets, in a form that can be included in broad-scale assessments in Europe and more widely. In this way, this research will contribute to a European and global assessment (including costs, benefits, financing needs, and business opportunities) of coastal risk reduction through wetland restoration (changes).


    Arefin, S. S., Hofland, B., van der Lem, C., & van Gent, M. (2018). “Smart Rocking Armour Units”. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling in Coastal and Port Engineering and Science (Coastlab18): Santander, Spain, May 22-26, 2018

    Upal Mahamud, Syed Shamsil Arefin, Mohammad Ziaur Rahman, Dano Roelvink, Mick van der Wegen, Johan Reyns, Zahirul Haque Khan “Morphological Modelling of the Pussur-Sibsa river system in the southwest coast of Bangladesh” Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Water and Flood Management (ICWFM 2021), 29-31 March 2021, Dhaka, Bangladesh


  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

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Worked as Trainer for Delft3D FM, Mike 11, ArcGIS and Hypack in Institute of Water Modelling