2016 Nobuhito MoriNobuhito Mori is appointed Professor at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) in Kyoto University, and is an honorary Professor of Swansea University.

A graduate of University Gifu University, Japan, he has been working at Kyoto University since 2008.
 He is interested in air-sea interface physics, climate change, geophysical and environmental fluid mechanics, and nonlinear wave dynamics. As applications of these fundamental phenomena, the targets of my research are understanding mechanisms of extreme events and reduction of extreme ocean waves, storm surges and tsunamis disasters.
He focuses on dynamics of boulder movement and long-term assessment of boulder distribution in the Northwestern Pacific region. He has led field expeditions for typhoon and tsunami boulders in Okinawa, Taiwan and Philippines. He has been a technical advisor of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan since 2020.


Kennedy AndrewAndrew Kennedy is Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana, USA). A graduate of Queen's University (Kingston, Canada), the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), he has previously held positions at the University of Florida and the University of Delaware.

Dr. Kennedy's work studies engineering and geophysical processes at the coastal margins. These include wave transformation and effects, storm surge and damage, and morphological development in the nearshore including the generation and quantification of coastal boulder deposits. Approaches are both experimental and computational, ranging from deployment of wave and surge gauges prior to hurricanes to simulation of nearshore hydrodynamics using high resolution coupled wave/surge models. Recent work has encompassed post-storm evaluations of wave and surge damage and coastal change at many locations.

Rónadh CoxRónadh Cox holds an endowed chair at Williams College (Massachusetts, USA) as the Edward Brust Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, and is an Affiliate Member of University College Dublin’s Earth Institute.  A graduate of University College Dublin and Stanford University, she has also held academic appointments at Rand Afrikaans University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 
Her recent research focuses on landscape change, sediment generation, and erosion processes, with emphasis on gully formation , the geomorphology of planetary surfaces, and boulder deposits on high-energy coastlines.  She has led field expeditions in Madagascar, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Arizona, the Shetland Islands, and Ireland.
Rónadh Cox is a former science editor of the journal Geology, and currently serves on the Geological Society of America’s Annual Program Committee as well as the society’s Publications Ethics Advisory Committee.  She is a National Science Foundation Principal Investigator, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

SarahGallagherSarah Gallagher is a meteorologist in the Research, Environment and Applications Division at Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Service. In her current role she has responsibility for the Marine Unit, which manages the gathering and dissemination of Irish marine observational data, carries out ocean-wave-atmosphere modelling research and provides support for Met Éireann’s operational sea area weather forecasting activities.

Sarah graduated with a B.A., B.A.I. in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 2003. After working in the Instruments Unit of Met Éireann, installing and servicing automatic weather stations around Ireland, she completed a M.Sc. in Meteorology at the UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics in 2011. In 2014, she finished her Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Mathematics at UCD, under the supervision of Professor Frédéric Dias. The title of her thesis was “The nearshore wave climate of Ireland: past, present and future”, which involved the high-resolution simulation, assessment and quantification of the wind and wave climate of Ireland and the Northeast Atlantic. Her research also included running wave climate projection ensembles for the end of the 21st century.

More recently, her research has focused on extremes and climate change, examining the link between extremes and low-frequency modes of atmospheric variability such as the North Atlantic Oscillation.