Department: Física Aplicada

Research institute: Instituto de Investigación Marina (INMAR)

Area: Applied Physics

Research group: Geología y Geofísica Litoral y Marina


Áreas PAIDI: Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente

I hold a PhD on sediment transport from the University of Southampton (National Oceanography Center Southampton) and more specifically on the interaction of coastal structures with wave and tidal processes in a macro-tidal environment and their impact on sediment transport and coastal morphology. During the period 2008-2013 I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cadiz, working in the field of coastal and near-shore morphodynamics related to extreme storms and studying risk and natural hazards associated to such events. This work was carried out within the frame of the EU project MICORE and the Spanish national project GERICO. During the period 2014-2018 I was a post-doctoral researcher at CIMA (University of Algarve) working on the EU project RISCKIT, a project dedicated to develop new tools for evaluating the coastal resilience related to extreme storm events. Since 2018 I hold a Lecturer position at the Department of Applied Physics of the University of Cadiz. During my pre- and post-doctoral research work, I got extensive experience in organizing and participating in field campaigns, collecting and analyzing data and combining them with numerical modeling in order to identify the key processes that influence the morphological evolution of the coastline in various spatial and temporal scales. During my post-doctoral research at the University of Cadiz, I was mainly involved in a study of coastal erosion and flooding processes as a result of extreme storm events. This research involved the combination of data and numerical modeling techniques that were finally incorporated into an Early Warning System (EWS) that was built to predict erosion and flooding hazards for the urban coast of Cadiz. This EWS was based on tide, surge and wave prediction from a regional operational oceanography network providing boundary conditions for a morphological model (XBeach). At the University of Algarve, I developed a more complete EWS that incorporated a flow (DELFT3D), wave (SWAN) and a morphodynamic model (XBEACH) as part of the RISCKIT project. The DELFT-FEWS platform was used as a shell for interconnecting the above models. The above system was used to train a Bayesian network using historic and synthetic events. During my research career I have been involved in fourteen research projects (four of them EU-funded) gaining an extensive experience in report writing and dissemination of the results at various levels including scientific congresses, research articles, and local authorities. Over the last years in CIMA I was involved as a team member and numerical modeling responsible in various research projects, including one on marine renewable energy. Currently, I am the principal investigator in two ongoing research projects (one regional and one National Funded, 3 years duration each) associated with hazard and risk assessment evaluation due to climate change.