Carrasco, A. Rita

Assistant Researcher
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Key Words: coastal geomorphology, coastal management, climate change, ecosystem services

Additional Info

  • Bio:

    A. Rita Carrasco is a postdoc researcher interested in coastal geomorphology, the impacts of sea-level rise on a range of settings and climate change adaptation at coastal zones.  Her research interests all hinge around physical and ecological interactions in the coastal zone. She was involved in several international and national scientific projects (e.g. BERNA project, SPACE project, RUSH project, EVREST project, etc), covering a wide range of scientific topics such as beach morphodynamics, estuarine evolution, inlet dynamics, storm impacts, and wave modelling. The current investigation seeks to understand long-term and large-scale evolution (and resilience) of coastal lagoons and fetch-limited environments.


  • Interesses:

    My current research interests are coastal geomorphology, coastal management and ecosystem approaches. Current research is on global change and sea-level rise effects on coastal lagoons, and the use of numerical modelling as a useful tool to predict those morphological effects

    Furthermore, my research is also devoted to understanding the changeability of ecosystem present in coastal lagoons. I want to explore the concept of time and space variability, by detailing the role of human interventions, sediment dynamics, and the impacts sea-level rise, in attempt to up-scale from local measurements to scales relevant for conservation.

  • Informação adicional: ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8980-0068
  • Publicações:


    Kombiadou, K., Costas, S., Carrasco, A.R., Plomaritis, T.A., Ferreira, Ó., Matias, A. (2019). Bridging the gap between resilience and geomorphology of complex coastal systems. Earth-Science Reviews: 198, 102934. (doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.102934)

    Matias, A., Carrasco, A.R., Loureiro, C., Masselink, G., Andriolo, U., McCall, R., Ferreira, Ó., Plomaritis, T.A., Pacheco, A., Guerreiro, M. (2019). Field measurements and hydrodynamic modelling to evaluate the importance of factors controlling overwash. Coastal Engineering: 152, 103523. (doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2019.103523)

    Kombiadou, K., Matias, A., Ferreira, Ó., Carrasco, A.R., Costas, S., Plomaritis, T. (2019). Impact of human interventions on the evolution of the Ria Formosa barrier island system (S. Portugal). Geomorphology: 343, 129-144. (doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.07.006)

    Carrasco, A.R., (2019). Simple Assessment of Spatio-Temporal Evolution of Salt Marshes Ecological Services. Front. Ecol. Evol. 7:77. (doi: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00077)

    Santos, R., Duque-Núñez, N., de los Santos, C., Martins, M., Carrasco, A.R., Veiga-Pires, C. (2019) Superficial sedimentary carbon and nitrogen stocks in coastal vegetated assemblages along a flow velocity gradient. Scientific Reports. 9:610, 11pp. (doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-37031-6). 

     Carrasco, A.R., Plomaritis, H., Reyns, J., Ferreira, Ó., Roelvink, D. (2018). Tide circulation patterns in a coastal lagoon under sea-level rise. Ocean Dynamics, 68(9), 1121-1139. (

    Kombiadou, K., Matias, A., Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó, Costas, S., Vieira, G. (2018) Towards Assessing the Resilience of Complex Coastal Systems: Examples from Ria Formosa (South Portugal). In: Shim, J.-S.; Chun, I., and Lim, H.-S. (eds.), Proceedings from the International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2018 (Busan, Republic of Korea). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 85, pp. 1–5. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.

    Matias, A., Carrasco, A.R., Loureiro, C. Andriolo, U., Masselink, G., Guerreiro, M., Pacheco, A. McCall, R. Ferreira, Ó., Plomaritis, T., (2017). Measuring and modelling overwash hydrodynamics on barrier island. Coastal Dynamics Conference, 105, 1616-1627.

    J.E.Ø. Nilsen and G. Sannino (originators), M. Bordbar, A.R. Carrasco, S. Dangendorf, I.D. Haigh, J. Hinkel, H. Haarstad, J.A. Johannessen, K.S. Madsen, R.E.M. Riva, T. Schmith, M.J.R. Simpson, A. Slangen, T. Wahl, K. Woth (2016): White Paper: Sea level related adaptation needs in Europe. European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA), Collaborative Programme: Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts (CP SLC). V1.0, 5. December 2016.

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Roelvink, D., 2016. Coastal lagoons and rising sea level: a review, Earth-Science Reviews, 154, 356-368. DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.11.007

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Reis, T., Neves, G., Matias, A., Almeida, S., 2014. Overtopping hazard on a rubble mound breakwater. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 70, pp. 247-252. (doi: 10.2112/SI70-042.1).

    Matias, A., Carrasco, A.R., Loureiro, C., Almeida, S., Ferreira, Ó., 2014. Nearshore and foreshore influence on overwash of a barrier island. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 70, pp. 675-680 (doi: 10.2112/SI70-114.1).

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Matias, A., 2013. Managing flood risk in fetch-limited environments. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 66, pp. 892-897. (doi: 10.2112/SI65-151.1).

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Matias A., Freire, P., Bertin, X. and Dias, J.A., 2013. Sediment transport measurements with tracers in very low-energy beaches. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 38, 561–569. (doi: 10.1002/esp.3300).

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Matias A. and Freire, P., 2012. Flood hazard assessment and management of fetch-limited coastal environments. Ocean & Coastal Management, 65, 15-25. (do:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2012.04.016).

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Matias, A. and Freire, P., 2012. Natural and human induced coastal dynamics in a backbarrier beach. Geomorphology, 159, 30-36. (doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.03.001).

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Matias, A. Pacheco, A. and Freire, P., 2011. Short-term sediment transport at a backbarrier beach. Journal of Coastal Research, 27(6), 1076-1084. (doi: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-09-00163.1)

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Matias, A. Freire, P., and Dias, J.A. 2011. Backbarrier evolution at a medium term scale. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 175-179. URL:

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Freire, P. and Dias, J.A. 2009. Morphological Changes in a Low-energy Backbarrier. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 173-177.

    Freire, P., Ferreira, Ó., Taborda, R., Oliveira, F.S.B.F., Carrasco, A.R., Silva, A., Vargas, C., Capitão, R., Fortes, C.J., Coli, A.B. and Santos, J.A., 2009. Morphodynamics of Fetch-Limited Beaches in Contrasting Environments. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 183-187.

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Davidson, M., Matias, A. and Dias, J. A., 2008. An evolutionary categorisation model for backbarrier environments. Marine Geology, 251, 156-166. (doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2008.02.009).

    Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Matias, A. and Dias, J.A., 2007. Historic monuments threatened by coastal hazards at Boca do Rio, Algarve, Portugal. Coastal Management, 35, 163-181. (doi: 10.1080/08920750601042278).

    Pacheco, A., Carrasco, A.R., Ferreira, Ó., Vila-Concejo, A. and Dias, J.M.A., 2007. A Coastal Management Program for Access Channels Located in Backbarrier Systems. Ocean & Coastal Management, 50, 119-143. (doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2006.08.008). 


  • Projetos:


    Member of the team: Conserving the Barrier Islands in Algarve to protect priority species and habitats - LIFE18 NAT/PT/000927 LIFE Ilhas Barreira, 1,681,939 €. Pi: SPEA, 2019 to present.

    Member of the team:  EW-COAST - Early warning system for coastal risks induced by storms (Ref. 28657). 237.393,36€. PI: Óscar Ferreira (FCT, CIMA, University of Algarve), 2018 to present.

    Member of the team: ENLACE - Exploring New approaches to simuLAte long-term Coastal Evolution (Ref. 28949 FEDER). 230 877.12 €. PI: Susana Costas (CIMA/University of Algarve), 2018 to present.


    Member of the team: EVREST project – Evolution and resilience of barrier island systems (PTDC/MAREST/1031/2014). 157,188€, PI: Ana Matias (CIMA/UAlg, Portugal). Concluded

    Member of the team:  RUSH Project - From runup to overwash (PTDC/CTE-GIX/116814/2010), 105,000€, PI: Ana Matias (CIMA/UAlg, Portugal). Concluded

    Member of the team: SPACE Project – A Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamic model development and validation, for Coastal Engineering applications (PTDC/ECM/114109/2009), 127,787€, PI: Teresa Reis (LNEC, Portugal). Concluded

    Member of the team: BERNA PROJECT – Beach Evolution in Areas of Restricted Fetch: Experimental and Numerical Analysis (POCTI/CTA/45431/2002), €80,000, PI: Paula Freire (LNEC, Portugal). Concluded

    Member of the team: IDEM Project - Inlet Dynamics Evolution and Management at the Ria Formosa (POCI/MAR/56533/2004), €82,800, PI: Óscar Ferreira  (CIMA/UAlg, Portugal). Concluded




    Member of the team: Avaliação da estabilidade sedimentar da praia de Faro. Funding Agency: Câmara Municiapl de Faro 8610€. PI: Susana Costas (CIMA/University of Algarve). 2019 to present.

    Member of the team: Proposta técnica em resposta ao concurso público internacional para a elaboração do plano intermunicipal de: Adaptação às alterações climáticas da AMAL. 343000€. PI: Luis Dias (University of Lisbon). Concluded