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Dr. L. Sheela Nair

Scientist F, Coastal Processes (CoP)

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Phone(Off) : 0471- 2557900

Phone(Res) : 0471- 2540769

Fax : 0471-2442280

Education:

Ph.D. : 2014, Coastal Engineering, IIT Madras.
Thesis : Sediment Dynamics along the Coast of Kerala, India.
M.E : 1992, Structural Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.
PGDCM (Post Graduate Diploma
for Civil Engineers)
: 1990, State Board of Technical Education, Kerala.
B.Tech(Civil) : 1988, College of Engineering, Trivandrum ( Kerala University).

Training:

  1. Training on ‘Satellite Oceanography’, 19th-23rd Sep, 2011, ICMAM, Chennai.
  2. Training on ‘oil spill Modelling’, 28th- 30th March 2011, ICMAM, Chennai.
  3. Training workshop on ‘ wave Modelling using WAVEWATCH III & SWAN’ ,26th- 29thJan, 2010, INCOIS, Hyderabad.
  4. Symposium on Wind-wave modelling, 12th Feb 2009, OED, IIT Madras.
  5. Workshop on ‘Rehabilitation Measures for the Tsunami affected coasts of Tamilnadu, Kerala and Puducherry’, 4th-5th Feb, 2008 OED, IIT Madras.
  6. Short term training on ‘ Evolutionary Computing Techniques in Water Resources Engineering’ , 25th- 27th October 2007, college of Engineering, Trivandrum.
  7. Application of MIKE21 for Hydrodynamic, Wave and Sediment Transport Numerical Modelling, 11th-22nd Sep, 2006,CESS.
  8. Two day programme on ‘Steel concrete Composite Construction’, 5th-6th Nov, 2004, jointly organised by INSTRUCT Bangalore & INSDAG Kolkota.
  9. Advance course on ‘Analysis and design of Structures for Wind and Seismic Loads’, 15th-17th Feb, 2000, SERC, Chennai.
  10. Short term course on ‘Naval Architecture for Ship Operation and Maintenance’, 29th Nov- 3rd Dec, 1999, OEC, IIT Madras.
  11. Training on InterGraph- Frameworks Plus, Nov 3rd-5th 1999, Rolta India at Chennai.

Professional career:

2017 - Present Scientist F, National Centre for Earth Science Studies.
2010 - 2017 Scientist E, National Centre for Earth Science Studies.
2006 - 2010 Scientist EII, Centre for Earth Science Studies.
2005 - 2006 Scientist D, NIOT, Chennai.
2001 - 2005 Scientist C, NIOT, Chennai.
1998 - 2001 Project Engineer, NIOT, Chennai.
1996 - 1997 Project Associate, OEC, IIT Madras.
1993 - 1994 Senior Project Officer Gr II, Civil Dept., IIT Madras.
1992 - 1993 SRF, Structures Division, NAL, Bangalore.

Areas of Interests:

Numerical Modelling, Coastal Processes, Coastal Engineering, Analysis and Design of Marine Structures, Mooring Analysis and Design.

Membership in Professional Bodies:

  1. Life Member, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Ahmadabad (Since 1998)
  2. eMember, International Association of Hydraulics Engineering Research (IAHR)
  3. Life Member, Ocean Society of India
  4. Life Member, Indian Society of Remote Sensing
  5. Life Member, Indian Society of Hydraulics.

Ongoing Projects:

  1. Integrated Study on Estuary, Beach and Innershelf Dynamics of the west coast of India (Core project of the Coastal Processes Group).
  2. Coastal Flooding due to Remote Forcing (as part of the project on Natural Hazards).
  3. Establishment and maintenance of wave gauge stations in the coastal waters of the SW coast of India (MoES Sponsored Project through INCOIS) 2011-2017.
  4. Shoreline mapping and monitoring along the west coast of India (MoES Sponsored Project through ICMAM-PD) 2013-17.

Completed Projects:

  1. Shoreline Management Plan for Munambam-Kayamkulam Sector, SW coast of India (sponsored by Dept. of Ocean Development, Govt. of India), 2006-2007.
  2. Shore Protection works for the Panathura coast in Trivandrum, Kerala (sponsored by Dept. of Ocean Development, Govt. of India) (2006-2008).
  3. Study of Coastal Processes and Hazards along the Kerala coast (sponsored by the Kerala State Council for Science Technology & Environment) 2006-2008.
  4. Studies on Shore Protection Measures for Lakshadweep Islands (Sponsored by the Dept. of Science & Technology, Union Territory of Lakshadweep (UTL)) 2007-2009.
  5. Shoreline Management Plan for Kerala Coast (MoES Sponsored Project through ICMAM) 2008-2013.
  6. Oil Spill Modelling for selected locations of the Kerala and Lakshadweep Coast (MoES Sponsored Project through ICMAM) 2009-2012.
  7. Numerical Model Studies and Shore Protection for the Kayamkulam-Neendakara coast (Project sponsored by the Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE)), 2010-2011.
  8. Study on depletion of heavy mineral content in the beach washings of IREL, Chavara (Sponsored project carried out for Indian Rare Earths Limited, Chavara (Govt. of India) 2010-2012.
  9. Sediment budgeting studies for the mining site of Kerala Metals and Minerals Ltd., Chavara (Sponsored Project carried out for Kerala Minerals & Metals Limited), 2011-2013.
  10. Cleaning of the canal system in Alappuzha town by letting seawater into the canal – environmental impact assessment (One year Project for the Kerala Govt.), 2012.

Peer-reviewed International/National Journals:

  1. N.P. Kurian, K. Rajith, T.S. Shahul Hameed, L. Sheela Nair, M.V. Ramana Murthy, S. Arjun and V.R. Shamji 2009. Wind waves and Sediment transport regime off the south-central Kerala coast, India. Natural Hazards, 49:325-345.
  2. S. Arjun, L. Sheela Nair, V.R. Shamji, and N.P. Kurian 2010. Tidal Constituents in the Shallow Waters of the Southwest Indian Coast, Marine Geodesy, 33(2): 206-217.
  3. L. Sheela Nair, V. Sundar, N.P. Kurian, 2011. Numerical Model Studies on Coastal Processes in a Critically Eroding Sector of South West Coast of India, International Journal of Ocean and Climate Systems, 2(4): 291-302.
  4. L. Sheela Nair, V. Sundar, N.P. Kurian, 2013. Shore Protection for a Placer Deposit Rich Beach of the Southwest Coast of India, International Journal of Ocean and Climate Systems, 4(1): 41-62.
  5. L. Sheela Nair, V. Sundar, and N.P. Kurian 2015., Longshore sediment transport along the coast of Kerala in Southwest India Procedia Engineering, 116 (1): 40-46.
  6. R. Prasad, L. Sheela Nair, N.P. Kurian and, T.N. Prakash, 2016. Erosion and heavy mineral depletion of a placer mining beach along the southwest coast of India: Part I– Nearshore sediment transport regime. Natural Hazards, 83: 769–796, doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2368-z.
  7. T.N. Prakash, T.I. Varghese, R. Prasad, L. Sheela Nair and, N.P. Kurian, 2016. Erosion and heavy mineral depletion of a placer mining beach along the southwest coast of India: Part II– Sedimentological and mineralogical changes. Natural Hazards 83: 797–822, doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2350-9.
  8. R. Prasad, L. Sheela Nair, N.P. Kurian, T.N. Prakash and, T.I. Varghese, 2016. Erosion and heavy mineral depletion of a placer mining beach along the southwest coast of India: Part III– Short and long term morphological changes. Natural Hazards 83: 823–847, doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2346-5.
  9. B.R. Rajasree, M.C. Deo and L. Sheela Nair, 2016. Effect of climate change on shoreline shifts at a straight and continuous coast. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 183 (Part A): 221-234.
  10. V. Noujas, K.V. Thomas, L. Sheela Nair, T.S.S. Hameed, K.O. Badarees and N.R. Ajeesh, 2014. Management of shoreline morphological changes consequent to breakwater construction, Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, 43(1): 54-61.
  11. L. Sheela Nair, V. Sundar, N.P. Kurian, 2014. Comparative evaluation of erosion accretion criteria for a tropical beach, Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, 43(7): 1129-1133.
  12. T.N. Prakash, L. Sheela Nair, Tiju I. Varghese, 2014. Shoreline changes and reef strengthening at Kavaratti island in Lakshadweep archipelago - A case study, Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, 43(7): 1134-1138.

Books Published:

  1. Geomorphology and Physical Oceanography of the Lakshadweep Coral Islands in the Indian Ocean’ published in the Springer Briefs in Earth Sciences and Geography book series in Dec. 2014. Authors: T.N. Prakash, L. Sheela Nair, T.S. Shahul Hameed (2015), 12/2014; ISBN: 978-3-319-12367-7.

Invited talks in workshop & conferences and as resource person in training programmes:

  1. ‘Shoreline Management Plan for a placer mining beach along the southwest coast of India’ in the National workshop on Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Planning for Tamil Nadu held at IIT Madras during 16th -17th July, 2012.
  2. ‘Sediment deposition pattern at selected inlets along the southwest coast of India’ in the Indo-Japan Workshop on River Mouths, Tidal Flats and Lagoons, held at IIT Madras during 15th-16th Sep., 2014.
  3. ‘Spill trajectory modelling of an oil spill off the coast of Kiltan in the Lakshadweep group of island’ in the Oil Spill India Conference held at Goa during 18th-20th Sep., 2014.
  4. ‘Anthropogenic interventions and coastal stability’ in the One Day Workshop on Coastal Environment Day (25 years of CRZ) on 19th Feb., 2016 at Thiruvananthapuram.
  5. Coastal Protection along the Kerala Coast at the National Workshop on Coastal Protection & Management, organized by Govt. of Kerala, during 10-11th August, 2016 at Thiruvananthapuram.
  6. Data requirement, availability and data gaps for coastal designs and participated in the Panel Discussion regarding Coastal Protection Measures, organized by the Irrigation Dept., Kerala Govt. on 13th October, 2016 at Thiruvananthapuram.
  7. Impact of Anthropogenic Activities on Coastal Stability at the Pre-conference Seminar on Climate Resilient Coastal Protection and Management organized by HYDRO-2016 on 7th December 2016, at CWPRS, Pune.
  8. Resource Person (Master Trainer) on Coastal Erosion Management: Sand Based Solutions at the Second Training Program organized for the west coast as part of the Climate Resilient Coastal Protection and Management Project (CRCPMP) jointly conducted by ADB, GEF, MoWR GR & RM, & CWC during 20-22 February, 2017 at Mangalore.
  9. Resource Person (Master Trainer) on Coastal Erosion Management: Utilization of Climate Change Adaptation Guidelines at the Second Training Program organized for the east coast as part of the Climate Resilient Coastal Protection and Management Project (CRCPMP) jointly conducted by ADB, GEF, MoWR GR & RM, & CWC during 25-27 April, 2017 at Chennai.
  10. AIR’s Science Programme -Sasthralokaham on 12th June, 2013 on the “Importance of Ocean State Forecast with particular reference to Kerala coast”.

International/National Conference/Seminar/Workshop:

  1. L. Sheela Nair, V.R. Shamji, N.P. Kurian, M.V. Ramana Murthy. Coastal processes in a critically eroding sector of south west Coast of India presented at the Indian National Conf. Harbour and Ocean Engineering, Suratkal (INCHOE 2007).
  2. N.P. Kurian, K.K. Ramachandran, L. Sheela Nair, K.V. Thomas, T.S.S. Hameed and M.V. Ramana Murthy. Longterm shoreline change along the south-central Kerala coast, Indian National Conf. Harbour and Ocean Engineering, Suratkal (INCHOE 2007).
  3. S. Arjun, L. Sheela Nair and N.P. Kurian. Numerical modeling of flooding due to remote forcing along south central Kerala coast. Proc. National Conference of Ocean Society of India on Recent Developments in Ocean Science, Engineering and Technology, (OSICON 2009). (S. Arjun, bagged the second best paper award).
  4. L. Sheela Nair, S. Arjun, V.R. Shamji, N.P. Kurian, M.V. Ramana Murthy. Numerical modeling of changes in coastal sedimentation due to breakwater construction at Kayamkulam inlet, South west coast of India. National Conference of Ocean Society of India on Recent Developments in Ocean Science, Engineering and Technology, (OSICON 2009).
  5. T.I. Varghese, L. Sheela Nair, V.R. Shamji, S. Abhilash. Long-term coastal erosion at Kavaratti island, Lakshadweep. National Conference of Ocean Society of India on Recent Developments in Ocean Science, Engineering and Technology, (OSICON 2009).
  6. S. Arjun, L. Sheela Nair and N.P. Kurian. Numerical validation of Kallakkadal-coastal flooding due to remote forcing. 22nd Kerala Science Congress (2010). (S. Arjun, bagged the best paper award).
  7. L. Sheela Nair, N.P. Kurian. Numerical model simulation of coastal pocesses and shoreline changes along Allappad coast in Kerala. National Conference on Coastal Processes, Resources and Management, Thiruvananthapuram (2010).
  8. T.N. Prakash, L. Sheela Nair, T.S. Shahul Hameed and Tiju. I. Varghese. Numerical modelling for reconstruction of reef at Kavaratti Island, Lakshadweep archipelago. National Conference on Coastal Processes, Resources and Management, Thiruvananthapuram (2010).
  9. S. Arjun, L. Sheela Nair and N.P. Kurian. Numerical Modelling of the effects of remote forcing on the nearshore coastal processes. National Conference on Coastal Processes, Resources and Management, Thiruvananthapuram (2010).
  10. L. Sheela Nair, V. Sundar, N.P. Kurian. Numerical Model Studies on Coastal Processes in a Critically Eroding Sector of South West Coast of India, presented in IXth International Conference in Hydro-Science Engineering (ICHE 2010) held at IIT Madras during 2nd-5th August, 2010.
  11. V. Noujas, K.O. Badarees, N.R. Ajeesh, L. Sheela Nair, T.S.S. Hameed and K.V. Thomas. Management of Shoreline Morphological Changes Due to Breakwater Construction along a Stable Coast, presented by V. Noujas in OSICON 2011, held at NIOT Chennai during 13th-15th, July 2011.
  12. V. Ranga Rao, L. Sheela Nair, S. Arjun, S. Anjali and S. Ayyanar. A Study on Wind, Wave and Tidal Influences on Shoreline Character around Kavaratti, the Lakshadweep Island (2011). Presented by V. Ranga Rao in the 11th Biennial Conference of Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference (PORSEC)- 2012 held during 5th- 9th Nov., 2012 at Kochi.
  13. L. Sheela Nair, V. Sundar, N.P. Kurian. Shoreline Management Plan for a Placer Mining Beach of the Southwest Coast of India, presented in Eighth International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (PIANC-COPEDEC 2012) held at IIT Madras during 20th-24th Feb., 2012.
  14. L. Sheela Nair and N.P. Kurian, Southern Indian Ocean Swells and its Impact along the Kerala Coast - A Case Study. Presented in HYDRO 2012- Conference on Hydraulics, Water Resources, Coastal & Environmental Engineering, held at IIT Bombay during 7th-8th Dec., 2012.
  15. R. Prasad and L. Sheela Nair, Numerical Modelling of Shallow water wave characteristics of a Monsoon dominated Coast. Presented by R. Prasad in HYDRO 2012 Conference on Hydraulics, Water Resources, Coastal & Environmental Engineering, held at IIT Bombay during 7th-8th Dec., 2012.
  16. L. Sheela Nair and E.K. Sarathraj. Wave Power for the Lakshadweep Islands, paper presented in the International Workshop on Ocean Wave Energy held at IIT Madras during 2nd - 3rd Dec., 2013.
  17. L. Sheela Nair, V. Sundar and N.P. Kurian. Seasonal Variation in Sediment Transport along the SW coast of India, presented in HYDRO 2013 International - XVIII Conference on Hydraulics, Water Resources, Coastal and Environmental Engineering, held at IIT Madras during 4th - 6th Dec., 2013.
  18. E.K. Sarath Raj, R. Prasad, L. Sheela Nair, Reji Srinivas and T. M. Balakrishnan Nair. Influence of Wind on Wave Climate along Kerala Coast, South-West Coast of India, presented by E. K. Sarathraj in HYDRO 2013 International - XVIII Conference on Hydraulics, Water Resources, Coastal and Environmental Engineering, held at IIT Madras during 4th-6th Dec., 2013.
  19. L. Sheela Nair, V. Sundar and N.P. Kurian. Comparative evaluation of erosion accretion criteria for a tropical beach, presented in the Indian National Conference on Harbour and Ocean Engineering 5th-7th Feb., 2014, NIO Goa.
  20. T.N. Prakash, L. Sheela Nair and Tiju I. Varghese. Shoreline Changes and Reef Strengthening at Kavaratti Island in Lakshadweep Archipelago - A Case Study, presented by T. N. Prakash in the Indian National Conference on Harbour and Ocean Engineering 5th-7th Feb., 2014, NIO Goa.
  21. L. Sheela Nair, V. Sundar, N.P. Kurian. Longshore Sediment Transport along the Coast of Kerala in Southwest India”, presented in the 8th International Conference on Asian and Pacific Coasts (APAC) held at IIT Madras during 5th-7th Sep., 2015.
  22. K. Lekshmi., K.C. Vimal., L. Sheela Nair and Mohammed Asif. Short-term shoreline changes along the SW coast of India, National Conference on Coastal Environment (NCCE) held at Sathyabama University, Chennai in 2015.