Javier López Lara es Profesor Contratado Doctor de la Universidad de Cantabria, en el área de conocimiento de la Ingeniería Hidráulica, y es el responsable del Grupo de Hidrodinámica e Infraestructuras Costeras del IH Cantabria

Javier es Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos por la Universidad de Cantabria desde el año 1998 y Doctor por la misma universidad desde 2002. Tras ocupar diversas posiciones como investigador posdoctoral en la Universidad de Cantabria y en Cornell University (EE.UU), consiguió una plaza como Investigador Ramón y Cajal (2008-2012) en el Departamento de Ciencias y Técnicas del Agua de la Universidad de Cantabria (UC). Adicionalmente, Javier desempeña las labores de Coordinador del Programa de Intercambio de Estudiantes de Grado en Ingeniería Civil con Cornell University (EE.UU), denominado Programa Cornell.

Javier ha desarrollado su investigación en el área de la hidrodinámica del oleaje, tanto en la zona de rompientes como en los procesos de interacción oleaje-estructura, utilizando tanto la vía experimental como la numérica, esta última, principalmente a partir de códigos CFD. En los últimos años ha ampliado sus líneas de investigación dentro del marco de los flujos medioambientales y de la hidrodinámica asociada a los ecosistemas acuáticos.

Javier ha sido Investigador Principal de varios de proyectos de Plan Nacional, y ha participado como investigador en otros proyectos en convocatorias competitivas tales como CICYT o Unión Europea, entre otras.

A título personal, ha obtenido por sus trabajos de investigación el "Premio Modesto Vigueras" en 2004 concedido por la Asociación Técnica de Puertos y Costas, Sección Española de la Asociación Internacional de Puertos (PIANC), y el Premio Internacional "De Paepe-Willems" de Investigación (PIANC), en 2005 otorgado por la Asociación Internacional de Puertos (PIACN).

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Education: MSc in Civil Engineering University of Cantabria, Spain 1979, PhD. in Civil Engineering University of Cantabria, Spain, 1984.

Employment record: Assistant Professor, University of Cantabria, 1981, Professor, University of Cantabria, 1987, Researcher NRC Hydraulics Laboratory, Ottawa, Canada, 1991-92, Full Professor University of Cantabria, 2007.

Research fields: stability of rubble mound breakwaters, beach morphodynamics, coastal laboratory techniques, wave-structure interaction, wave energy resource assessment and wave energy conversion systems analysis.

Publications: 20 book chapters, 38 papers in scientific journals and 94 conference proceedings.

Research Projects: Main researcher in projects funded by the Spanish Government, the European Union as well as by several Spanish public administrations (State Ports Authority, Directorate General for Coasts, etc.).

Membership of Professional Associations: Reviewer of European Union INCO, MAST Projects and ANEP Projects, Reviewer of several national and international scientific journals. Co-director of Master Program in Sciences and Technologies for Coastal Management. Member of the Technical Committee for the Spanish Maritime Works Recommendations Program (ROM). Member of the PIANC PTC II WG39 "Monitoring of Breakwaters". Member of the Spanish subcommittee for normalization AEN/CTN 206/SC 114 "Marine energy - Wave and tidal energy converters".

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Araceli es licenciada en Ciencias Biológicas y Doctora en Ciencias del Mar. Actualmente es Profesora Titular de la Universidad de Cantabria, y gran parte de su labor docente está vinculada al Máster Oficial en Gestión Ambiental de Sistemas Hídricos.

Su labor investigadora se centra en la evaluación y seguimiento ambiental de sistemas acuáticos y la descripción de los patrones espacio-temporales de los ecosistemas estuarinos y costeros, con especial interés en el estudio de la ecología de las comunidades bentónicas (invertebrados, macroalgas).

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Cesar Alvarez is a researcher at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute, PhD of Civil Engineering of the University of Cantabria and Associated Professor of the aforementioned institution.

The main research topics of Dr. Alvarez are: Hydrology, Fluid Mechanics, Water quality modelling, Waste Water Management and Submarine outfall environmental design.

He has participated as a researcher in over 150 national and international projects funded by public and private institutions and companies.

He has authored over 80 papers on hydrology, drainage, mathematical modelling of water quality, etc., that have been published in various national and international journals. Dr. Alvarez has also co-authored a book on environmental design of sewer systems in coastal areas and several chapters on outfalls design, some of which have been published by prestigious international publishers.

He has been a member of the Advisory Group of the Spanish Port Authority in the development of the "Recommendations Maritime Works 5.1: Quality of Coastal Waters in Port Areas" (2005); the Advisory Group of the Spanish Research Centre "CEDEX" to develop the "Technical Guide for sewer systems and urban drainage" (2007) and the "Committee on Marine Outfall Systems (Fluid Mechanics Section)" of the International Water Association. (2009-2012). He was also member of the scientific committee of the "International Symposium on outfall Systems", that took place in Mar del Plata (Argentina) in 2011, among others.

In 2002 Dr. Alvarez received the National Environment Award "AQUA" (2002), the most prestigious given by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment.

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Andrés García has a PhD in Civil Engineering (2005) and a Master Degree in Marine Science and Technology (1998). Since 1996, he has participated in 14 national and international research projects funded by public calls. His research work has contributed to the development of over 70 projects for private companies and government agencies. He has more than 30 publications in books and journals (10 of them in indexed journals) and 47 conference contributions (28 in international conferences). He has directed a PhD thesis and 10 Master dissertations. Currently, he is directing 4 more doctoral theses. He is a member of the Scientific Association of Marine Studies (ACEM). Since 2011 he became Associate Professor at the Department of Science and Technology of Water and Environment of the University of Cantabria, where he teaches Environmental Hydraulics and Hydraulic Engineering to graduate and undergraduate students.
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Antonio Tomás is a researcher in the Environmental Hydraulics Institute and now he works in the Coastal Hydrodynamics and Infrastructures Group.

Antonio is Civil Engineer by the University of Cantabria, majoring in Hydraulics, Oceanoraphy and Environment (1997-2003); master in Science and Technology for the Coastal Management by the University of Cantabria (2003-2004) and doctorate by the University of Cantabria (2003-2009). In 2011, he was given the "Modesto Vigueras" award by the Technical Association for Ports and Coast (the Spanish section of PIANC organisation).

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Ana Silió -Calzada has been a researcher at  IH Cantabria since 2009, specializing in remote sensing applied to aquatic systems.

After graduating in 1998 in Marine Sciences from the University of Vigo , Dr. Silio entered the M.Sc. program Earth Sciences and Space York University (Canada) , where she majored in marine and airborne remote sensing perspective under the direction of Dr. John R. Miller . After graduating in 2002 , she joined the program "Young Graduate Trainee" ( YGT )  at the European Space Agency , within the Division of Earth Observation , based in Italy ( ESA / ESRIN ) , where Ana remained for two years. Her work was aimed at the exploitation of the optical sensor ( MERIS ) ENVISAT satellite. In 2004 Dr. Silio joined the team of marine optics and remote sensing of the Laboratoire d' Oceanographie of Villefranche (LOV ) of CNRS  to carry out her PhD program in Earth Sciences and Space at the University Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI (France ) . Under the supervision of Dr. Annick Bricaud , with a thesis on the estimation of new primary production in coastal upwelling areas, data from multiple satellite sensors. The project's goal was to harness the synergy between sensors of different nature for biogeophysical variables and causes of their variability over time, with the Benguela ecosystem, as a case study . For this project , she was awarded a scholarship financed by the French Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales ( CNES ) and the company ACRI -st .
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Cristina Izaguirre es investigadora de IH Cantabria contratada dentro del Programa de Ayudas Posdoctorales de la Universidad de Cantabria.

Cristina cursó sus estudios de Ingeniería de Caminos, Canales y Puertos en la Universidad de Cantabria (2000-2005) y posteriormente se especializó en el campo de la ingeniería oceanográfica cursando el Máster en Ingeniería de Costas y Puertos (2006-2007). Desde 2010 es Doctora en Ciencias y Tecnologías para la Gestión de la Costa, habiéndose especializado en clima marítimo y cambio climático. Bajo la supervisión de Fernando Méndez e Iñígo Losada presentó su tesis doctoral "Estudio de la variabilidad climática de valores extremos de oleaje" que fue galardonada con el Premio de la Asociación Nacional de Constructores Independientes (ANCI) en el año 2011.

Cristina tiene una gran vocación investigadora en este campo y por eso le encanta disfrutar de su tiempo libre con su familia en la playa de Liencres. Además, también le apasiona viajar por la costa en busca de las mejores playas y olas del mundo.

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El Dr. Antonio Espejo es actualmente investigador en el grupo de Clima Marítimo y Cambio Climático de IH Cantabria donde combina una de sus mayores aficiones, el surf, con el estudio y el modelado del clima y del oleaje.

En Octubre de 2005, tras haberse licenciado en 2004 en Ciencias del Medio Ambiente por la facultad de Ciencias Experimentales de la Universidad de Huelva, Antonio llegó a IH Cantabria para cursar el Máster en Ciencias y Tecnologías para la Gestión de la Costa. Durante su periodo formativo Antonio ha participado en una amplia variedad de proyectos y tareas relacionados con la oceanografía y la ingeniería costera: calibración de bases de datos, análisis estadístico y espectral del oleaje, variabilidad climática y cambio climático, erosión costera, etc.

En Julio de 2012 Antonio se doctoró por la Universidad de Cantabria con su tesis titulada: "Variabilidad espacial y temporal del recurso surf: metodología y resultados". En este trabajo Antonio estudió las características espectrales del oleaje responsables de la calidad de las olas para el surf. Esta tesis supone el primer estudio científico en el que se cuantifica globalmente la disponibilidad de condiciones surfeables y se analiza su variabilidad temporal (estacional, interanual y de largo plazo), demostrando como las olas para el surf quedan gobernadas por el patrón de circulación general de la atmósfera y por fenómenos globales o regionales de variabilidad climática, como El Niño o la Oscilación del Atlántico Norte. Hoy día Antonio trabaja analizando el efecto del cambio climático en las diferentes dinámicas con mayor afección a las actividades humanas en diferentes lugares del mundo (oleaje, nivel del mar, lluvias, inundación, sequias).

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Barbara Ondiviela has a degree in Marine Sciences from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and a PhD from the University of Cantabria.

She is a researcher at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute "IH Cantabria" specialized in marine ecology and environmental management of aquatic systems. She obtained her doctoral degree with a methodological standard for the management of coastal waters in port areas. This standard, included in the Spanish Standardization of Maritime Works (as ROM 5.1) and considered in the Spanish regulations for the planning process of the Water Framework Directive, has been implemented in six Spanish ports (Biscay Gulf, Atlantic and Mediterranean). She made her postdoctoral training at the University of Cantabria (Postdoctoral Program) and in the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole-Massachusetts (Mobility Program "José Castillejo" Ministry of Education and Science). Currently, her teaching activity is linked to the Graduate Program of Environmental Management of Water Systems (UC).

 

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