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Erwan Garel, PhD

Researcher in Coastal Dynamics

CIMA - Centre of Marine and Environmental Research
University of Algarve, Faro (Portugal)

Domains of Specialisation

Through my carrrer, I have specialised in the hydrodynamics and morphodynamics of transitional systems and coastal areas. My research activities are largely based on observational studies, including long-term (multiyear) environmental monitoring that I am conducting in various marine environments.

Current position

Since july 2015, I am contracted as Principal Research Scientist by the Portuguese Foundation for Science through the FCT-Investigador programme, at CIMA (University of Algarve).

Present Research Interests

Coastal Circulation

This research is devoted to the water circulation at the extremity of eastern boundary coastal upwelling systems, in particular the Northern Shelf of the Gulf of Cadiz.

This activity is supported by long-term (2008-now) monitoring activities using ADCPs at several locations along the innershelf of the Gulf of Cadiz in collaboration with CCMAR and IPMA.

Estuary Dynamics

This research addresses the tidal dynamics and exchange flow processes between estuaries and adjacent seas. I am in charge (since 2008) of the SIMPATICO system, a current and water monitoring station installed near the mouth of the Guadiana Estuary..

Since July 2015, this activity has been funded by a 5 years research contract (IF/00661/2014) for the development of a research program dealing with flood hydrodynamics in narrow estuaries.

Morphodynamics of ebb-tidal deltas

I am particularly interested with the development of deltas towards equilibrium and bypassing processes (including the adjacent coastline evolution).

This research is supported by an ongoing yearly bathymetric monitoring that I have been conducting since 2014 at the Guadiana tidal-ebb delta.

Career path

2015 –now: Principal Research Scientist, Algarve University, Faro (Portugal)

2007 – 2015 : Post-doctoral research fellow, Algarve University, Faro (Portugal)

2006 – 2007: Marine Scientist, Sedimentology, Coastal and Continental Shelf Research Group, Kiel University (Germany)

2003 – 2006: Post-doctoral research fellow, EUMARSAND project, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (UK)

2002 - 2003: Contractual Researcher and Lecturer at Université du Maine, Le Mans (France)

2001 - 2002: Contractual Researcher and Lecturer at University of Western Brittany, Brest (France)

Dec. 2001  PhD thesis in Marine Geosciences ("Morpho-tectonics of oceanic ridges"), awarded by the European Institute of the Sea, University of Western Brittany, Brest (France), highly commended.

Postal address: CIMA - Centro de Investigacão Marinha e Ambiental, Edifico 7, Gabinete 1.88, Universidade do Algarve,Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal

email: egarel@ualg.pt

tel: +351 289 800 900 ext. 7899


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