Dr Carlos Loureiro


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow & Honorary Research Fellow

Picture of Dr Carlos Loureiro


BSc (Hons), PgDip, PhD

Office Block:

Geological Sciences
Room 109
Block H1
Westville Campus




+27 31 260 2516

+27 31 260 2280






Biographical sketch

Born January 1981 in a small coastal village in the North of Portugal. First arrived in South Africa for a short visit to UKZN in February 2013 as a visiting post-doctoral fellow to collaborate on a coastal research project aimed at investigating storm-induced beach erosion. This collaboration has developed into a full research project on nearshore morphodynamics funded by the European Union, which led me to move to South Africa and be based at UKZN since February 2016.

University of Coimbra BSc Honours in Physical Geography (1999-2003)
University of Algarve PgDip Coastal and Marine Studies (2005-2007)
University of Algarve PhD Marine, Earth and Environmental Sciences (2008-2012)

Academic Profile

  • Research assistant (UAlg, 2005-2007)
  • Doctoral fellow (UAlg & UUlster, 2008-2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Coastal Geomorphology (UAlg & UUlster & UKZN, 2013-2015)
  • Honorary Research Fellow (UKZN, 2014-2019)
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (UUlster & UKZN, 2016-2019)

 Professional Activities

  • Member of the British Society for Geomorphology
  • Member of the European Geosciences Union
  • Member of the Scientific Commission UAlg Center for Marine and Environmental Research
  • Reviewer for: Geomorphology; Earth Surface Processes and Landforms; Marine Geology; Continental Shelf Research; Ocean and Coastal Management; Ocean Dynamics; Climate Dynamics; Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science; Coastal Engineering Journal; Journal of Coastal Research; Ocean Science Journal; Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management; Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

Current Teaching /Courses

  • EGM808 - Management of Coastal Land Resources (UUlster)
  • SEAmester II – Wave climate analysis

Research Interests / Areas of specialty

  • Geomorphology and dynamics of coastal and marine environments:

    • beach and nearshore morphodynamics
    • morphological impacts of extreme storms
    • exploratory numerical modeling of coastal dynamics
    • wave climate (observations and reanalysis)
    • GIS, remote sensing and marine surveying

Research Projects

  • NEARControl – Nearshore Geological Control on Coastal Morphodynamics (European Union H2020-MSCA)
  • EVREST – Evolution and Resilience of Barrier Island Systems (FCT-PTDC 2014, 2016-2019)
  • RUSH – From Runup to Overwash (FCT-PTDC 2010, 2012-2017)
  • Extreme storm impacts in the northeastern Atlantic (ESRI-Ulster)
  • Beach nourishment and coastal processes in the Southern Coastal Mine-Namibia (UKZN-NAMDEB partnership)
  • Shoreline change and coastal hazards in large-scale embayments (UKZN-CGS)