Ocean and coastal dynamics

Ocean and coastal dynamics

  • Sea observation

CIMA has a broad experience in the use of global databases and the implementation of downscalling techniques for modeling different spatial resolutions.

The Centre develops high-resolution operational forecasting technologies in the ocean that allow, for example, determining the source of oil spills and creating associated risk maps.

We also develop algorithms to improve the accuracy of ESA and EUMATAT satellite maps in coastal waters.

  • Transitional systems

CIMA performs observational and numerical studies related to the hydrodynamics, ecology, morphology and environmental quality of estuaries and lagoons.

We investigate the dynamics of nutrients, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll a and suspended matter, with particular emphasis on the mass balances between transition systems and the ocean.

CIMA assesses the effects on transitional systems of currents in the ocean (coastal upwellings, coastal currents, etc.) and the loading / unloading of aquifers. It investigates the influence of these processes on the dynamics of the marine trophic networks and on the biological activity of these ecosystems.

CIMA supports the sustainable management of these systems and provides data to the public administration and civil society.

  • Coastal dynamics

CIMA studies coastal dynamics processes at beaches, rocky coastlines and inlet environment (washovers, influence of geological control, migration of tidal bars).

We have advanced data collection equipment and technologies to investigate these processes at different spatial and temporal scales, providing knowledge to improve the management of coastal zones and minimize exposure to extreme phenomena.

We develop tools, forecasting models, warning systems and conceptual management models to reduce the risk and increase the resilience to extreme weather events (storms) as well as seismic events and tsunamis.

We produce threat/risk exposure maps and decision support tools, to allow for the implementation of mitigation and spatial planning measures.