Multi-hazard Coastal Engineering: Lessons Learned from Indonesia

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Presentation 1: Short- and long-term effects of the tsunami and co-seismic land subsidence on coastal morphology, structure and vegetation at coastal areas near Banda Aceh (E. Meilianda)

Almost two decades after the 2004 tsunami struck Banda Aceh city of Sumatra, Indonesia, we revisit the affected coastal areas remotely and on-site. We investigate the coastal recovery, the human intervention in responding to the extent of the morphological changes of the coastal area, through the lens of multi-temporal geospatial analysis. We also investigate the recovery and rehabilitation of mangrove ecosystems and the ecosystem's added value for the post-tsunami coastal community. We conducted field interviews with the local inhabitants about their participation in mangrove ecosystem rehabilitation and the role of the mangrove ecosystem for the community. 

Presentation 2: Earthquake performance of typical school buildings in Indonesia: Lessons learned from the recent earthquake in Indonesia (Dr. Y. Idris)

Reducing seismic risk for school buildings in Indonesia is of paramount importance. During the very recent recent earthquake in Cianjur, Jawa Barat (21 November 2022), more than 200 schools were damaged. This presentation discusses the damage states for typical school buildings in Indonesia, which have been identified based on an extensive survey data collected on the field in past seismic events.

Presentation 3: An interdisciplinary perspective on community-level recovery projects in Central Sulawesi following the 2018 earthquake, tsunami, and liquefaction (E. Opabola)

The 2018 Central Sulawesi earthquake, tsunami and liquefaction in Indonesia significantly impacted communities in Palu city, Sigi and Donggala regency. Several local and international efforts have gone into the (re)construction and rehabilitation of damaged residential buildings, schools, and hospitals. While some community recovery projects have been successful, several technical and sociocultural factors have impeded recovery in specific projects. This presentation will provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the successes and failures of the recovery process in the disaster-hit communities since the 2018 event.

About the speakers

Prof Alison Raby

Alison Raby is a Professor of Environmental Fluid Mechanics at the University of Plymouth, where she leads the COAST Engineering Research Group.  Alison is an expert on the interactions of extreme waves with structures, having obtained her doctorate in extreme wave overtopping at the University of Oxford. She has played a key role in a number of collaborative initiatives within the UK Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team, related to tsunami devastation.

Dr Ella Meilianda

Ella Meilianda is an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering with a strong background in coastal processes and morphology, hydro-engineering, and geospatial analysis. Currently, she serves as the Secretary of Civil Engineering Department of Engineering Faculty and the Coordinator of Disaster Risk Management Research Cluster at the Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) of Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. She has been involved in several national and international research projects as the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator funded by PEER-USAID, British Council's Newton Fund, UKRI's GCRF Equitable Resilience; Indonesian DRPM Ristekdikti and RISPRO LPDP.

Dr Yunita Idris

Yunita Idris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering  at the Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Indonesia. She is currently the coordinator of the Disaster Resilient Infrastructures Research Cluster at the Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center, TDMRC USK.

Dr Eyitayo Opabola

Dr Eyitayo (Tayo) Opabola is a Senior Research Fellow in Resilience Engineering at the University College London. His research interests include large-scale laboratory and field testing of concrete structures, post-earthquake repair and retrofit of concrete buildings, multihazard vulnerability assessment, and post-disaster resilience and recovery modelling. He has been involved in a number of post-disaster missions in Africa, South-East Asia, and Australia. He has also worked as a consultant for design firms, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations on post-disaster rehabilitation and recovery projects.  


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Further information

The talk is organised by SECED Young Members and EEFIT. For further information, please contact Marco Baiguera (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Event Details

Event Date 11/01/2023 12:30 pm
Event End Date 11/01/2023 2:00 pm
Location University College London (Chadwick Building)

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