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Professor Shunqi Pan

Professor Shunqi Pan

Professor of Coastal Engineering

School of Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 5694
Available for postgraduate supervision

I started my research career on coastal engineering at University of Liverpool over 20 years ago, and have continued at Plymouth University and currently at Cardiff University.

My research interests are on physical and numerical modelling of coastal & estuarine processes, particularly related to offshore sandbanks, inlet/lagoon systems, nearshore coastal defence structures, beach nourishment and, in recent years, modelling of large-scale waves/tides/surge prediction under extreme conditions, resource characterization for marine renewable energy and the impact of climate change on coasts and estuaries.

Since 2000, I have been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for some 22 research projects funded by various sources with more than £3m research funds, and have published more than 150 papers in international journals and conferences. My current Google Scholar H-index is 18 with over 1200 citations. I received the Halcrow Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2007.

Currently, I am a member of the EPSRC peer-review college, Associate Editor of Water Science and Engineering (WSE – 水科学与水工程), and member of the editorial board of China Ocean Engineering. I am also a Visiting Research Scientist at National Oceanography Center (formerly Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory in Liverpool) and an Environmental Partner member of CIWEM. Previously, I served in the editorial board of the ICE Maritime Engineering Journal (2009-2012).

Over the past decades, I have developed strong international research collaborations and have been frequently invited to give lectures in China, Taiwan and Japan. I have been invited to act as external examiner for PhD candidates in the UK and overseas universities, and reviwer for research proposals from the UK and overseas research councils, as well as for papers from a wide range of international journals.

Further details on my research can be found from my research website:


















  • Pan, al. 2001. Interactive numerical modelling of the hydrodynamics of combined waves and tides in the coastal zone. Presented at: Coastal Dynamics (Conference), Lund, Sweden, 11-15 June 2001 Presented at Hanson, H. and Larson, M. eds.Coastal Dynamics '01 : proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Coastal Dynamics, June 11-15, 2001, Lund Sweden. Reston, Virginia: American Society of Civil Engineers pp. 162-171., (10.1061/40566(260)17)
  • Ilic, al. 2001. The evolution of an equilibrium bay. Presented at: Coastal Dynamics (Conference), Lund, Sweden, 11 - 15 June 2001 Presented at Hanson, H. and Larson, M. eds.Coastal Dynamics '01 : proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Coastal Dynamics, June 11-15, 2001, Lund Sweden. Reston, Virginia: American Society of Civil Engineers pp. 16-25., (10.1061/40566(260)2)
  • O'Connor, B. . al. 2001. Hydrodynamic modelling of a dynamic inlet. Presented at: International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Sydney, Australia, 16 - 21 July 2000 Presented at Edge, B. L. ed.Coastal engineering 2000 : conference proceedings : July 16-21, 2000, Sydney, Australia. Reston, Virginia: American Society of Civil Engineers pp. 3472-3481., (10.1061/40549(276)270)
  • Ali, K. H. M., Pan, S. and O'Connor, B. A. 2001. Some hydrodynamic and rheological behaviours of fluid mud. Presented at: 29th IAHR Congress, Beijing, 16 - 21 September 2001 Presented at Li, G. ed.21st century : the new era for hydraulic research and its applications : XXIX IAHR Congress, Beijing, China, September 16-21, 2001. International Association for Hydraulic Research (IAHR) pp. 201-206.


  • Coastal and Estuarine Engineering (MEng/MSc, 10 credits), Module Leader
  • Environmental Hydraulics (BEng/MEng, 10 credits), Module Leader
  • Engineering Design – Urban Drainage (BEng/MEng, 10 credits), Contributing Lecturer
  • MSc Dissertation (MSc, 60 credits), Module Leader
  • MSc Case Study (MSc, 20 credits), Module Leader
  • Individual Project (30 credits, BEng/MEng), Supervisor
  • Individual Project (60 credits – MSc), Supervisor


Title People Sponsor Value Duration
LCRI Marine - Hydro-environmental Assessment Falconer R, Lin BL, Bockelmann-Evans B, Pan S WEFO - LCRI Marine 1576575 01/01/2010 - 31/03/2013
Climate Change Consortium for Wales Falconer RA, Bray M, Pan, S HEFCW 144126 01/10/2009 - 31/03/2014
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics Falconer, RA, Stoesser, T, Pan, S EPSRC 1137581 01/04/2014 - 30/09/2022
QUOTIENT, quantification, optimisation and environmental impacts of marine renewable energy Odoherty D, Odoherty T, Mason-Jones A, Pan S, Stoesser T, Bockelmann-Evans B, Ahmadian A, Grosvenor R, Prickett P, Byrne C Ser Cymru Bangor LCEE 61000 01/01/2015 - 30/06/2018
iCOAST: Integrated COAST al sediment systems Pan S, NERC via Swansea 34291 01/02/2012 - 31/01/2016

 Areas of PhD projects

  • Coastal and Estuarine Processes
  • Sediment transport
  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Flood Dynamics
  • Extreme Conditons

Current supervision

Stephen Clee

Research student

Richard Rees

Research student

Benjamin Beylard

Research student