Dr Fahim Tonmoy

BSc, MEng, PhD, MIEAust
Adjunct Lecturer
School of Civil Engineering

J05 - J05 Civil Engineering Building
The University of Sydney


Website School of Civil Engineering

Biographical details

Dr Fahim Tonmoy specializes in climate change adaptation planning, risk and vulnerability assessments of infrastructure systems. Over the last twelve years, Fahim has worked extensively both in academia as well as in the industry in multiple countries (Australia, UK, Germany, and Bangladesh) and significant part of that is around climate change adaptation of infrastructure. He is one of the main contributors towards the development of National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility’s (NCCARF) award winning coastal risk management tool CoastAdapt. Funded by Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy, this is Australia’s national tool for assisting decision makers to manage climate change risks of coastal communities, assets and infrastructure. Over the years, Fahim has worked extensively with experts from multiple disciplines, different tiers of governments, scientific organizations (CSIRO, Geo-Sciences Australia) and coastal practitioners in Australia in the field of climate change adaptation.

Fahim has also worked in UK as a consulting civil engineer. He is the recipient of 2013 NSW Coastal Management Award.

Fahim’s main research interests are climate change adaptation decision making of infrastructure systems with a focus on development of mathematical frameworks, decision support tools and risk/vulnerability assessment methods and guidelines for practitioners. He is also interested in coastal hazard modelling, urban resilience and infrastructure interdependency modelling for disaster preparedness.

Current projects

  • Design and rollout of ‘CoastAdapt’, a national decision support tool for coastal climate change and sea level rise adaptation planning which is funded by Australian Government to support local councils, businesses and infrastructure operators, for understanding their climate change risks and prepare for adaptation planning.
  • Assessment of climate change vulnerability of infrastructure sector of Samoan Island in the Pacific
  • Development and implementation of a University-Industry collaborative research project between University of Sydney and Shoalhaven city council, New South Wales on the assessment of sea level rise vulnerability of Shoalhaven beaches. This project also conducted economic assessment of engineering adaptation options to protect public infrastructure and private properties of the council to sea level rise.
  • Development of ‘SEVA’, a climate change vulnerability assessment tool coded in MATLAB using sophisticated algorithms from decision science (outranking methods).
  • Geo-environmental risk assessment of TATE modern art gallery in London

Associations

  • 2017 Member of the Institution of Engineering Australia, MIEAust
  • 2017 Member of Leadership and Management College of Institution of Engineering Australia
  • 2016 Member, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc. (MSSANZ)
  • 2012 Member, Institute of Risk Analysis
  • 2005 Member Institution of Engineers Bangladesh

Awards and honours

  • 2017 Australian Coastal Council Association Research Award (Received as a team member of NCCARF for CoastAdapt tool)
  • 2013 NSW Coastal Management Award (Australian Coastal Society gives the award annually in 6 different categories at the NSW coastal conference).
  • 2011-2013 CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship (CAF) Award

Academic and industry leadership activities

  • Convenor of the special session on “Sustainability and climate change adaptation of Infrastructure” at the World Congress on Engineering Asset Management, Brisbane 2017
  • Facilitator at the “Brisbane Climathon” an event to develop innovative climate change solutions organized by Climate-KIC, hosted by Institute of Future Environment at QUT (2016)
  • Invited Expert Panel Lecturer of the Coastal Hazard Practitioners course organized by Griffith University and Gold Coast City Council (2016, 2017)

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Tonmoy, F., El Zein, A. (2014). Vulnerability of infrastructure to sea level rise: a combined outranking and system-dynamics approach. In R.D.J.M. Steenbergen, P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder, S. Miraglia, A.C.W.M. Vrouwenvelder (Eds.), Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Beyond the Horizon, (pp. 2407-2414). London: Taylor and Francis.
  • Tonmoy, F., El Zein, A. (2013). Assessment of Vulnerability to Climate Change Using Indicators: Methodological Challenges. In Ibraham Dincer, Can Ozgur Colpan, Fethi Kadioglu (Eds.), Causes, Impacts and Solutions to Global Warming, (pp. 143-156). New York: Springer. [More Information]

Journals

  • El Zein, A., Tonmoy, F. (2015). Assessment of vulnerability to climate change using a multi-criteria outranking approach with application to heat stress in Sydney. Ecological Indicators, 48, 207-217. [More Information]
  • Tonmoy, F., El Zein, A., Hinkel, J. (2014). Assessment of vulnerability to climate change using indicators: A meta-analysis of the literature. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 5(6), 775-792. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Tonmoy, F., El Zein, A. (2013). SEVA: A non-linear mathematical framework for climate change vulnerability assessment. 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2013), Adelaide, Australia: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc (MSSANZ).
  • Tonmoy, F., El Zein, A. (2012). Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment by outranking methods: heat stress in Sydney. The Fifth International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Houston: American Science Press.

2015

  • El Zein, A., Tonmoy, F. (2015). Assessment of vulnerability to climate change using a multi-criteria outranking approach with application to heat stress in Sydney. Ecological Indicators, 48, 207-217. [More Information]

2014

  • Tonmoy, F., El Zein, A., Hinkel, J. (2014). Assessment of vulnerability to climate change using indicators: A meta-analysis of the literature. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 5(6), 775-792. [More Information]
  • Tonmoy, F., El Zein, A. (2014). Vulnerability of infrastructure to sea level rise: a combined outranking and system-dynamics approach. In R.D.J.M. Steenbergen, P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder, S. Miraglia, A.C.W.M. Vrouwenvelder (Eds.), Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Beyond the Horizon, (pp. 2407-2414). London: Taylor and Francis.

2013

  • Tonmoy, F., El Zein, A. (2013). Assessment of Vulnerability to Climate Change Using Indicators: Methodological Challenges. In Ibraham Dincer, Can Ozgur Colpan, Fethi Kadioglu (Eds.), Causes, Impacts and Solutions to Global Warming, (pp. 143-156). New York: Springer. [More Information]
  • Tonmoy, F., El Zein, A. (2013). SEVA: A non-linear mathematical framework for climate change vulnerability assessment. 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2013), Adelaide, Australia: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc (MSSANZ).

2012

  • Tonmoy, F., El Zein, A. (2012). Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment by outranking methods: heat stress in Sydney. The Fifth International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Houston: American Science Press.

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