gabriel díaz


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Gabriel was born in Mexico City. He obtained his Civil Engineering degree by the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1999. In 2001 he got a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering by the Division of Post-Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Engineering (UNAM). In 2002 he completed his second Master’s Degree in Integrated Management of Coasts and Ports at the University of Cantabria (UC), and in 2006 he obtained a PhD in Coastal and Port Engineering by the UC. He is currently both, Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Faculty of the UC, and Senior Researcher of the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics of Cantabria (IHCantabria) within the Ports and Coastal Infrastructures Group. He performs teaching tasks covering topics such as technical computer languages, advanced ocean wave numerical modelling, coastal and harbour structures design, meteo-oceanographic management and prediction, harbour agitation and resonance. He has supervised 53 graduate and post-graduate projects (2006 to 2023) and co-directed 3 PhD theses within the Department of Water and Environmental Sciences and Technologies of the UC. He also carries out research task for: advanced numerical modelling using both NSWE and Boussinesq equations; functional and structural diagnosis of harbour structures; design of Operational Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Systems (OOFS) for harbour construction aid, navigation and NAVY operations; wake waves; harbour agitation and resonance in port infrastructures; and infragravity wave generation. Moored ship response analysis and forensic diagnosis of downtime. He collected 22 (indexed) research papers (2006 to 2023), and 75 congress publications related with coastal and harbour engineering (between 2000 to 2023). Additionally, he is member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico (SNI) since 2002 and has actively participated in the development of 138 projects, 44 as principal investigator, for consultancy, and within European and International projects. In 2012 he was awarded first prize of the “Modesto Vigueras Award”.


Ocean waves advances numerical modelling
Ocean wave propagation
Boussinesq models
Forecast system for harbor construction aid
Design and diagnosis of harbor/coastal structures
Infragravity wave assessment
Ship/wake wave generation
Moored ship response analysis and forecast
Harbour agitation/downtime analysis
Advanced directional-wave spectral assimilation for hindcast/forest