Mauricio González

Head of Coastal Management and Engineering Group

Main Researcher

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Civil Engineer and Master in Hydraulic Resources (University of the Andes, Bogotá-Colombia), Master and PhD in Coastal Engineering (Universidad de Cantabria. Currently Head of the Coastal Management and Engineering Group at IHCantabria and Professor at the Universidad de Cantabria.

Contributes to the development of numerical models, tools and methodologies regarding coastal hydro-morphodynamics and coastal risks, especially for Coastal Modeling System (SMC) and SMC-Brasil. He has participated in more than 30 research I+D projects for the Spanish Science Program (e.g Beach profile dynamics and assisted recovery techniques: laboratory, numerical and field investigation (BeachART Project); Laboratory and numerical investigation of hydro- and morphodynamics on natural and artificial beaches (ANIMO Project)). He has participated in more than 17 I+D European Projects (e.g. Assessment, STrategy And Risk Reduction for Tsunamis in Europe (ASTARTE Project), Developing coastal video monitoring systems in support of coastal zone management (COASTVIEW Project)).


Co-author 60 publications in scientific journals (SCI) and more than 180 proceedings in indexed international conferences related to coastal evolution, beach morphodynamics, wave climate analysis, coastal risks and tsunamis (e.g. some co-authored papers: Infragravity swash parameterization on beaches: The role of the profile shape and the morphodynamic beach state. Coastal Engineering, 2018; Shoreline evolution model from a dynamic equilibrium beach profile. Coastal Engineering, 2018; Tsunami run-up estimation based on a hybrid numerical flume and a parameterization of real topobathymetric profiles, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci (NHESS), Elsevier, 2018).

He has participated in more than 150 international consultancy and cooperation projects in the last 15 years, for different national and international government administrations and institutions as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank (WB), the International Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID), etc). Projects related with coastal engineering and Integrated Coastal zone management (ICZM), study of coastal erosion problems, tsunami impact assessment and Projects of coastal risk assessment among others (e.g. Supply, training, installation and commissioning assessment of coastal hazards, vulnerability and risk for the coast of Oman; Integrated Coastal Zone Management plan of Qatar; Country Disaster Risk Profile for Bahamas (IDB-BID) ). 

He also has more than 30 years’ experience in education and training of practitioners and researchers through tailor-made workshops and courses, and programs of the Universidad de Cantabria such as: or the Civil Engineering Program, the Coastal and Harbor Master Program and the PhD Program in Coastal Engineering, Hidrobiology & Management of Aquatic Systems at Universidad de Cantabria (IH20). He has been Visiting Professor at the Cornell University (USA), University of Virginia (USA) and University of Kyoto (Japan).

Prof. González is member of the Spanish National Committee to establish a Tsunami Warning System (TWS), tsunami scientific adviser for the European Commission DG-RTD. Co-Chairman of the Working Group 1: Sessional Working Group 1 – Hazard Assessment, Risk and Modelling, Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (UNESCO- ICG/NEAMTWS). Prof. González is reviewer of Spanish ANEP research projects. Editorial Board Member on Sea, Ocean and Coastal Hazards for the Natural Hazard and Earth System Sciences (NHESS) Journal.For his research activity, he has received the National Prize for the Environment, the most prestigious given by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment.


Numerical modeling of coastal processes.

Beach morphodynamics.

Coastal risk assessment.

Coastal zone management.

Evaluation of the impacts of climate change and flooding in coastal areas.