Yared Abayneh Abebe

Researcher Reconect


Dr Yared Abayneh Abebe is a Researcher in the H2020 project RECONECT at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. His main research is on improving and developing models for planning and evaluating nature-based solutions that reduce hydro-meteorological risk. He also mentors MSc students and undertakes various project management tasks.

Previously, Yared worked on a project that focused on flood risk reduction in Small Island Developing States. The project was part of the Regional Risk Reduction Initiative which was implemented by UNDP Barbados and the OECS. His main achievements include developing nearshore bathymetry using satellite and sonar data, modelling coastal and inland flooding, assessing flood hazard, vulnerability and risk and evaluating different structural and non-structural flood risk reduction measures.

Yared was part of the FP7 project PEARL team that went for a fact-finding and needs assessment mission to Sint Maarten after the deadly Hurricane Irma struck the island in September 2017. In the mission, the team conducted workshops, interviews and household surveys regarding hurricane warnings, evacuations, hurricane preparedness, people's awareness/perception of hurricane impacts and organizational responses after a hurricane. The team also collected drainage system and weather data used in wave modelling and flood risk assessment. After the field mission, Yared led most of the modelling works, including a hurricane simulation, flood modelling, and updating the hazard, vulnerability and risk maps. In the report the team produced and Yared led, the team gave recommendations that the people and government of Sint Maarten have to consider to increase resilience and build back better in the reconstruction works they are undertaking. A newsletter article titled "Strengthening Sint Maarten: Lessons Learned after Hurricane Irma" that featured in the Natural Hazards Center's Research Counts page provides the highlights of the work conducted and relevant links (reports and publications) related to the work.

Yared earned his PhD from TU Delft and IHE Delft in December 2020 with Cum Laude (Distinction). His thesis on modelling human-flood interactions was awarded the 2021 Technical Steven Hoogendijk Prize of the Batavian Society of Experimental Philosophy after a jury selected the thesis as the best among around 40 Cum Laude theses defended at TU Delft in the past two years. He obtained his MSc in Water Science and Engineering, specialization Hydroinformatics with Distinction from IHE Delft in April 2011. His BSc was in Soil and Water Engineering and Management from Haramaya University, Ethiopia, which he earned with Distinction in July 2006.

Research Summary

Yared's main research interest lies in the broader area of disaster risk management. However, the hazards he mainly addresses are floods and hurricanes. His research areas include:

  • hydrodynamic modelling of floods and hurricanes
  • empirical models for hurricane wind generation
  • hazard, exposure, vulnerability, risk and impacts (loss/damages) assessment
  • nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction
  • disaster displacement
  • agent-based modelling of socio-technical systems
  • disaster risk policy (institutions) analysis


A complete list of publication can be found in Google Scholar.


Connect with us

Never miss a thing!