OCEANOGRAPHY, ESTUARIES AND WATER QUALITY

The oceanography, estuaries and water quality group is a multidisciplinary research team that analyzes the physical and chemical characteristics of continental and coastal aquatic environments and their interaction with human activities.

The team has extensive experience developing and implementing numerical tools and advanced statistics, in combination with field and laboratory experiments.

These capabilities allow the group to develop methodologies and innovative solutions to address the effects of anthropogenic activity and natural disturbances on aquatic environments.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Operational oceanography

Hydrodynamics and morphodynamics of estuaries

Oil spills

Water quality

Alteration of sedimentary dynamics due to anthropogenic activities

Numerical and statistical reanalysis

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

SOFTWARE

BRIHNE
ATHENEA
TESEO
IH-DREDGE

EXPERIMENTAL FACILITIES

IHCantabria Headquarters

CCOB
Hydrobiological Laboratory

SUPERCOMPUTING LABORATORY

The supercomputing and information technology laboratory provides technology transfer solutions and environmental services based on scientific methodologies that help to bridge the gaps between scientific experts and end users (e.g. policy managers, technical managers, general public).
Learn More

R+D+i PROJECTS

EUROPEAN RESEARCH PROGRAMS

CONVIVELIFE

Addresses the problem of integrating human activities into the conservation objectives of the Natura 2000 Network in the estuaries of Cantabria.
Learn More

SPRES

Forecasting systems and planning instruments at the local scale (estuaries and ports) through the creation of a set of high-resolution operational oceanographic systems.
Learn More

PORTONOVO

Framework of transnational and multidisciplinary cooperation among eleven partners from four of the five eligible regions in the Atlantic Area.
Learn More

National RESEARCH PROGRAMS

MORPHEUS

Parameterising the physicochemical effects of microphytobenthos on estuarine transport models: biostabilisation of intertidal sediments and biomobilisation of metals.

Learn more

OILHAZARD3D

Hazard assessment methodologies for blowouts and oil spills in offshore facilities.
Learn More

plvma3d

Statistical modeling in the medium and long term of oil spills in offshore installations. Blowouts, deep and/or surface spills.
Learn More

vertize

Analysis of the dispersion of industrial discharges to delimit environmental mixing zones in estuaries.
Learn More

OTHER RESEARCH CALLS

SICMA

Development of a system for the prevention and response to marine and air pollution by potentially hazardous noxious substances.
Learn More

ambemar

Decision support system for assessing the environmental impact of renewable marine energies.
Learn More

cleanlics

Modeling of “marine garbage” build-up areas in Sites of Community Importance (SCI) along the coast of Cantabria.
Learn More

trl+

Innovative and highly competitive services to promote the offshore energy sector to the future market, supporting developers and the parallel industry involved throughout the life cycle of an offshore farm.
Learn More

athenea

Development of an integrated system for preventing and managing oil spills in marine environments.
Learn More

innodraval

Innovation in the environmental restoration of coastal areas by developing an integrated pilot system to characterize, dredge, process and recover sludge and sediments with organic and inorganic pollutants.

PUBLICATIONS

Chiri, H., Abascal, A.J.,Castanedo, S., Antolínez, J.A.A., Liu, Y., Weisberg, R.H., Medina, R., 2019.
Statistical Simulation of Ocean Current Patterns using Autoregressive Logistic Regression Models: A Case Study in the Gulf of Mexico,
Ocean Modelling, 136, 1-12.

Javier F. Bárcena; Iñigo Claramunt; Javier García-Alba; María Luisa Pérez; Andrés García (2017).
A method to assess the evolution and recovery of heavy metal pollution in estuarine sediments: Past history, present situation and future perspectives.
Marine Pollution Bulletin, 124, 421-434.

Abascal, A.J., Castanedo, S., Núñez, P., Mellor, A., Clements, A., Pérez, B., Cárdenas, M., Chiri, H., Medina, R., (2017).
A high-resolution operational forecast system for oil spill response in Belfast Lough,
Marine Pollution Bulletin, 114, 302-314.

Cid, A., Camus, P., Castanedo, S., Méndez, F. J., Medina, R. (2016).
Global reconstructed daily surge levels from the 20th Century Reanalysis (1871-2010).
Global and Planetary Change, 148.

Javier F. Bárcena Gómez, Paula Camus, Andrés García, César Álvarez (2015).
Selecting model scenarios of real hydrodynamic forcings on mesotidal and macrotidal estuaries influenced by river discharges using K-means clustering.
Environmental Modelling & Software. 68, pp. 70-82.

Jiménez, M., S. Castanedo, Z. Zhou, G. Coco, R. Medina, I. Rodriguez-Iturbe. (2014).
Scaling properties of tidal networks.
Water Resources Research 50: 4585-4602.

Gorka Bidegain, Javier F. Bárcena, Andrés García, José A. Juanes. (2013).
LARVAHS: Predicting clam larval dispersal and recruitment using habitat suitability-based particle tracking model.
Ecological Modelling 268, pp. 78-92.

Pilar Del Barrio; Andrés García; Javier García Alba; César Álvarez; José Antonio Revilla (2012).
A model for describing the eutrophication in a heavily regulated coastal lagoon. Application to the Albufera of Valencia (Spain).
Journal of Environmental Management 112, pp. 340-352.

Abascal, A.J., Castanedo, S., Fernández, V., and Medina, R., (2012).
Backtracking drifting objects using surface currents from High-Frequency (HF) radar technology.
Ocean Dynamics, 62 (7), 1073-1089.

TEAM

Andrés García

Andrés García

Oceanography, Estuaries and Water Quality Group Head

Ana Julia Abascal

Ana Julia Abascal

Researcher

Germán Aragón

Germán Aragón

Technologist

Javier Francisco Bárcena

Javier Francisco Bárcena

Researcher

Javier García

Javier García

Technologist

Mirian Jiménez

Mirian Jiménez

Technologist

Paula Núñez

Paula Núñez

Technologist

Beatriz Pérez

Beatriz Pérez

Technologist

Tamara Rodríguez

Tamara Rodríguez

Technologist

Share This