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PhD Hydraulic Engineering (Environmental Hydraulics Program), MsC on Physics and MsC on Database and Internet. He works as a technologist at the IHCantabria. The fields of research in which he specializes are the jet and plumes mechanics, computational fluid mechanics (CFD), hydrodynamics (oceanographic) and transport and mixing models, water quality modelling, submarine outfall design, morphodynamics and dredging, sanitation systems design and the mathematical modelling of water resources management.

As part of the technological transfer of his research activity, he has more than 30 works published in prestigious scientific journals and national and international congresses. As a researcher, he has worked on more than 10 competitive R & D + I programs (for Governmental Institutions) and more than 100 R & D projects as specialized consultant on hydraulic and coastal engineering and water quality. He has advised 5 Master’s theses and has acted as reviewer of SCI publications.

Moreover, he collaborates as a lecturer in the Master Programme Integrated Management in Water Systems and in the Master Programme Coastal and Port Engineering of the Universidad de Cantabria.


Machine learning applied to water quality, environmental flows and morphodynamics
Jets and plumes mechanic
Computational fluid mechanics
Design and execution of physical laboratory test
Design and execution of hydrodynamic and water quality field campaigns

Wave-current-sediment interaction
Transport and mixing
Water quality modelling (water column and sea bottom)
Submarine outfall design
Design of desalination plants discharge systems
Morphodynamics and dredging processes
Scouring processes analysis
Effects on morphodynamics and environmental quality due to the maritime traffic


Lupiola, J., Bárcena, J. F., García-Alba, J., & Garcı́A, A. (2023). A Dynamic Estuarine Classification of the Vertical Structure Based on the Water Column Density Slope and the Potential Energy Anomaly. Water15(18), 3294. https://doi.org/10.3390/w15183294

Lupiola, J., Bárcena, J. F., García-Alba, J., & Garcı́A, A. (2023a). A numerical study of the mixing and stratification alterations in estuaries due to climate change using the potential energy anomaly. Frontiers In Marine Science10https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2023.1206006

Núñez, P. G., Romano, A., García-Alba, J., Sánchez, M., Mendoza, A. P., Abascal, A. J., Garcı́A, A. J., Vidal, C. R., Besio, G., & Medina, R. (2023). A laboratory experiment on the effect of waves on the transport and dispersion of macro, meso, and microplastics in the surf zone. Copernicus GmbHhttps://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu23-5893

Núñez, P., Romano, A., García-Alba, J., Besio, G., & Medina, R. (2023). Wave-induced cross-shore distribution of different densities, shapes, and sizes of plastic debris in coastal environments: A laboratory experiment. Marine Pollution Bulletin187, 114561. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.114561

Diez-Caballero, K., Troiteiro, S., García-Alba, J., Vidal, J. R., González, M., Ametller, S., & Juan, R. (2022). Environmental Compatibility of the Parc Tramuntana Offshore Wind Project in Relation to Marine Ecosystems. Journal Of Marine Science And Engineering10(7), 898. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse10070898

Abascal A.J., Aragón G., Gonzalez M., Pérez-Díaz B., Bárcena J.F., Martínez A., Pedraz L., García-Alba J., Largo A.M., Lamothe B., García A., Medina R. (2022). An Operational System to Forecast Marine and Atmospheric Pollution from Chemical Spills in Harbour Areas: A Case Study at Huelva Estuary. 44th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, pp. 499 – 513

García-Alba, J., Bárcena, J. F., Pedraz, L., Fernández, F. F., Garcı́A, A., Mecías, M., Costas-Veigas, J., Sámano, M. L., & Szpilman, D. (2021). SOSeas Web App: An assessment web-based decision support tool to predict dynamic risk of drowning on beaches using deep neural networks. Journal Of Operational Oceanography16(2), 155-174. https://doi.org/10.1080/1755876x.2021.1999107

Bárcena, J. F., García-Alba, J., Fernández, F. F., Costas-Veiga, J., Mecías, M., Sámano, M. L., Szpilman, D., & García, A. (2020). SOSeas: An assessment tool for predicting the dynamic risk of drowning on beaches. EGU Proceedings. Copernicus GmbHhttps://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-18033

García-Alba, J., Bárcena, J. F., & Garcı́A, A. (2020). Zonation of Positively Buoyant Jets Interacting with the Water-Free Surface Quantified by Physical and Numerical Modelling. Water12(5), 1324. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12051324

Mejía Avila, D, Soto Barrera, V y Torres Bejarano, F.  (2020). Investigación para la Sostenibilidad Ambiental. Fondo Editorial Universidad de Córdoba. Capítulo 1: Valoración de la susceptibilidad a efectos de salinización, déficit hídrico y eutrofización en el lago Sochagota (Boyacá, Colombia), Olga Lucía Usaquén Perilla, Aína García Gómez, Andrés García Gómez, Javier García Alba y Jaime Díaz Gómez, ISBN: 978-958-5104-12-9

Chiri, H., Cid, A., Abascal, A. J., García-Alba, J., Garcı́A, A., & Iturrioz, A. (2019). A high-resolution hindcast of sea level and 3D currents for marine renewable energy applications: A case study in the Bay of Biscay. Renewable Energy134, 783-795. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2018.11.069

Zapata, C. M., Puente, A., Garcı́A, A., García-Alba, J., & Espinoza, J. (2019). The Use of Hydrodynamic Models in the Determination of the Chart Datum Shape in a Tropical Estuary. Water11(5), 902. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11050902

García-Alba, J., Bárcena, J. F., Ugarteburu, C., & Garcı́A, A. (2019). Artificial neural networks as emulators of process-based models to analyse bathing water quality in estuaries. Water Research150, 283-295. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2018.11.063

Zapata, C. M., Puente, A., Garcı́A, A., García-Alba, J., & Espinoza, J. (2018). Assessment of ecosystem services of an urbanized tropical estuary with a focus on habitats and scenarios. PloS One13(10), e0203927. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0203927

Guinda, X., Puente, A., Juanes, J. A., Royano, F., Fernández, F. F., Vega, M. A. V., Garcı́A, A., García-Alba, J., Aragón, G., Abascal, A. J., Otero, C., Manchado, C., Jáuregui, V. G., López, J., & Monteoliva, A. (2018). AMBEMAR-DSS: A Decision Support System for the Environmental Impact Assessment of Marine Renewable Energies. Proceedings Of The International Conference On Offshore Mechanics And Arctic Engineering – OMAEhttps://doi.org/10.1115/omae2018-78002

Rodríguez Benítez, A. J., Álvarez, C. Á., García, A., & García-Alba, J. (2018). Methodological approaches for delimitating mixing zones in rivers: establishing admissibility criteria and flow regime representation. Environmental Fluid Mechanics18(5), 1227-1256. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10652-018-9593-9

Losada, Í. J., Beck, M. W., Menéndez, P., Espejo, A. G., Torres, S. G., Díaz-Simal, P., Fernández, F. F., Abad, S., Ripoll, N., Garcia-Alba, J., Narayan, S., Trespalacios, D., & Quiróz, A. J. (2017). Valuing Protective Services of Mangroves in the Philippines. World Bank, Washington, DC eBookshttps://doi.org/10.1596/27666

Bárcena, J. F., Claramunt, I., García-Alba, J., Pérez, M. L., & Garcı́A, A. (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 Bulletin124(1), 421-434. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.07.070

Bárcena, J. F., García-Alba, J., Garcı́A, A., & Álvarez, C. (2016). Analysis of stratification patterns in river-influenced mesotidal and macrotidal estuaries using 3D hydrodynamic modelling and K-means clustering. Estuarine, Coastal And Shelf Science181, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2016.08.005

García-Alba, J., Gómez, A. G., Del Barrio Fernández, P., García, A., & Álvarez, C. (2014). Hydrodynamic modelling of a regulated Mediterranean coastal lagoon, the Albufera of Valencia (Spain). Journal Of Hydroinformatics16(5), 1062-1076. https://doi.org/10.2166/hydro.2014.071

Gómez, A. G., García-Alba, J., Puente, A., & Juanes, J. A. (2014). Environmental Risk Assessment of dredging processes – application to Marin harbour (NW Spain). Advances In Geosciences39, 101-106. https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-39-101-2014

García-Alba, J., Gómez, A. G., Lopez, R., Sámano-Celorio, M. L., Gómez, A. G., & Juanes, J. A. (2014). A 3-D model to analyze environmental effects of dredging operations – application to the Port of Marin, Spain. Advances In Geosciences39, 95-99. https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-39-95-2014

Zouiten, H., Díaz, C. Á., Gómez, A. G., Cortezón, J. A. R., & García-Alba, J. (2013). An advanced tool for eutrophication modeling in coastal lagoons: Application to the Victoria lagoon in the north of Spain. Ecological Modelling265, 99-113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.06.009

Del Barrio Fernández, P., Gómez, A. G., García-Alba, J., Díaz, C. Á., & Cortezón, J. A. R. (2012). A model for describing the eutrophication in a heavily regulated coastal lagoon. Application to the Albufera of Valencia (Spain). Journal Of Environmental Management112, 340-352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.08.019

Bárcena, J. F., Garcı́A, A., García-Alba, J., Álvarez, C., & Revilla, J. A. (2012). Surface analysis of free surface and velocity to changes in river flow and tidal amplitude on a shallow mesotidal estuary: An application in Suances Estuary (Nothern Spain). Journal Of Hydrology420-421, 301-318. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.12.021.

Lucas, E., Mierzwa, J.C, Ortiz, J.P., Garcia, R.S., García, A., García-Alba. (2012). Environmental Response of Wastewater Inputs through SSO(Santos Submarine Outfall) Utilizing an Eutrophication Numerical Model. Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering, 2, 2, 68-75.

García-Alba J., Álvarez C., García A., Revilla J., Juanes J. (2010). Study of a thermal brine discharge using a 3D model. Environmental Hydraulics – Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics, 1, pp. 553 – 558. DOI: 10.1201/b10553-89.