Coastal Seminar Series – Prof. Rodolfo Silva-Casarín

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to the following WEEG Research Seminar:

‘Green coastal infrastructure’


Prof. Rodolfo Silva-Casarín (National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM))


When: Thursday 12/July/18   16:00-17:00

Where: 5/1021


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Permanent changes are inherent to coastal systems. Increasing pressure on coastal zones due to anthropogenization interferes with natural coastal dynamics. Management teams are faced with dilemmas between coastal protection, rehabilitation and ecosystem conservation. Diverse monitoring schemes and modelling tools have been developed to address these issues, covering a broad range of scales in time and space. Here, we address various perspectives on the integration of biophysical, ecological and social components, on the uncertainties of diverse sources, and on the development of solutions for flexible interventions. We also propose general criteria and guidance for a green infrastructure approach to coastal management which primarily aims at adaptation to global changes and uncertainties, and to manage/integrate biophysical and social components based on systems theory and flow approach.


About the speaker

Prof. Rodolfo Silva-Casarín is full Professor at the Institute of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he has been the head of the Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering research group since 1995, and currently serves as head of the Mexican Centre for Innovation in Ocean Energy (CEMIE-Océano). Rodolfo obtained his Ph.D. in Coastal and Port Engineering “Cum Laude” (1991-1995) and M.Sc. Oceanographic Engineering (1990-1991) from the University of Cantabria, Spain. He also holds a M.Sc. Business Administration (1988-1990) from University of Chapultepec, Mexico and a B.Sc. Civil Engineering (1983-1988) from UNAM. Prof. Silva-Casarín has extensive experience in industry and has held academic positions at the University of Cantabria (Assistant Researcher 1990-1995) and the University of Oxford (Visiting Professor 2002-2003). At UNAM, he teaches Design of maritime structures, Hydrodynamics, Beach morphology, Coastal Engineering, Fluid Mechanics and Laboratory of Hydraulics. He has supervised 28 BSc, 46 MSc and 16 PhD theses. He has authored and co-authored more than 400 refereed scientific papers and over 100 technical reports for governments and companies in Mexico, USA, Spain, Portugal and other EU-countries.


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