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Ana J. Abascal holds a PhD from the University of Cantabria (2009); Master in Sciences and Technologies for Coastal Management (2003); Master in Physical Oceanography (2002); Bachelor in Marine Sciences (1997). She has been awarded the “Premio Fundación Repsol” granted by the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain (2009) and the “Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado” from the University of Cantabria (2011).

Her research aims to prevent and reduce marine pollution, promoting a sustainable development of maritime activities that contributes to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  She is the author of more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed indexed scientific journals and has participated in more than 50 international conferences. She has led more than 10 competitive national and international R&D projects as PI and has been involved in more than 20 national and international R&D projects (Horizon Europe, Interreg, ESA, Copernicus, United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank) in close collaboration with research centers and universities, multilateral organizations and international corporations in over 15 countries. She is member of national and international technological and scientific networks focused on marine environment and part of the Advisory Board and certified reviewer of several SCI journals. She is member of the Doctoral Standing Committee of the Universidad de Cantabria and has supervised 5 PhD thesis (3 in progress).

Recent work includes projects on marine litter and plastics, oil and chemical spills and the application of hybrid methods and artificial intelligence to coastal hydrodynamics and marine pollution.


Numerical and statistical modeling of oil spills

Hydrodynamic modeling of currents and sea level

Operational oceanography

Spill risk assessment

Accidental pollution prevention and response