Dr Alejandro Souza
NOC Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
Member of the New NOC Coastal Ocean Processes (COP) which has merged with Boundary Layer And Sediment Transport (BLAST) subgroup
iCOASST. The iCOASST project’ (Integrating COASTal sediment systems) will help forecast what the UK’s coastline will look like in the future, up to 100 years’ time.
This four-year project brings together a number of UK universities, research laboratories and leading consultants, to develop new methods that will characterise and forecast long-term changes to coastal sediment systems. This work is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is partnered by the Environment Agency (EA), who will use these methods to improve long-term flood and erosion risk management.
The increasing risk of coastal flooding within the UK, and poor understanding of mesoscale evolution, not just around the UK coast, but worldwide drives this research. The project plans to integrate coastal systems mapping, behaviour landform models and coastal area models to produce a tool that can be used to forcast long term coastal evolution (50-100 years). The consortium has considerable modelling experience, previous work, expert knowledge and data access to progress this research successfully, leaving a legacy that will have pracitcal application to coastal erosion and flood management.
ARCoES. The EPSRC funded Adaptation and Resilience of Coastal Energy Supply (ARCoES) project aims to identify the challenges facing the future security of the UK nuclear energy sector and coastal energy supply in the Northwest region as a result of a changing climate.
ARCoES is focusing on developing a decision-support tool that will enable sustainable coastal energy. We aim to identify how coastal power stations, substations and distribution grid can be adapted to future climate change impacts and thus become more resilient.
This cross-disciplinary working and research involves partners and stakeholders from academia, the energy and engineering sectors, planners and coastal managers, interest groups, the third sector and community networks.
Estudio de Procesos Costeros en las Costas de Yucatán por medio de mediciones y modelos numericos. Study of Coastal Processes in Yucatan Coasts (Mexico), personal fellowship from CONACYT Mexico to work with the Coastal Engineering Lab of the National University of Mexico.
Self Sea Biogeochimistry. The Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry research programme will take a holistic approach to the cycling of nutrients and carbon and the controls on primary and secondary production in UK and European shelf seas, to increase understanding of these processes and their role in wider biogeochemical cycles. It will thereby significantly improve predictive marine biogeochemical and ecosystem models over a range of scales. I am involved in the modelling and Benthic work packages.
Estuarine, Shelf Seas and Shelf Slope dynamics. Density driven currents, frontal dynamics suspended particulate mater dynamics; tidal dynamics including: stratification effect on tides and wave current interaction; internal waves and tides; turbulence. Sediment resuspension and transport processes. Effects of turbulence, suspended matter and optics on the marine ecology.
Visiting Professor, The University of Liverpool.
Visiting Lecturer, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico.
Invited Researcher, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico.
Member: Challenger Society, American Geophysical Union, National Geographic Society.
Member of the National Researchers Sytem (SNI) Mexico, Level III.
Editor of Journal of Geophysical Reserach Ocean
Member of The editorial Board of Journal of Coastal Research
Past editor of Ciencias Marinas
Past Editor of Ocean Dynamics and Ciencias Marinas
Past Council Member of Challenge