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Hydraulics and Environment Department Hydraulics and Environment Department

André Fortunato

André Fortunato
Phone: 218 443 425

Professional Situation

Senior Research Officer with Habilitation

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 2006 – Habilitation in maritime Hydraulics, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil
  • 1996 – Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, USA. Equivalence to the Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  • 1989 – Degree in Civil Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • Researcher, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil: Senior Research Officer with Habilitation (2006-), Senior Research Officer (2003-2006), Research Officer (1999-2003); Research Trainee (1998); Fellow Research Officer (1995-1997); Fellow Research Trainee (1989-1990).
  • Editorial Board Member, Oceans
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (2017-)
  • Head of the Estuaries and Coastal Zones Division, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (2003-2012)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, USA (1990-1995)

Areas of Research / Interest

The ultimate goal of my research is to solve coastal engineering problems, in particular those related to hydrodynamics, sediment dynamics and water quality. This goal led me to pursue several research threads: 1) the development and analysis of numerical models and methods to simulate circulation, morphodynamics and transport in coastal zones, with an emphasis on unstructured grids; 2) the analysis of physical processes in coastal zones, such as tidal propagation and distortion, the inundation of estuarine areas, and the exchange of water and suspended mater between estuaries and the sea; 3) the analysis of the morphological evolution of coastal systems, with a major focus on tidal inlets.

Research and Professional Activity

My activity includes mostly advanced consultancy and applied research. In the former, I have developed and analyzed coastal engineering solutions for public and private clients, in Portugal and abroad (e.g., harbor administrations, water authorities). In the latter, I develop the methods, models and knowledge required to the solution of the problems that I am faced with in my consultancy projects. My research has been funded by national (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento) and european agencies (European Framework programmes, Interreg).

Scientific Orientation

  • Pos-docs: Marta Rodrigues (2013-2018), Alberto Azevedo (2011-2017); Florian Ganthy (2011-2012); Nicolas Bruneau (2009-2011); Maria Amélia Araújo (2008-2009); Xavier Bertin (2006-2008).
  • Ph.D.: Diogo Mendes (2016-); Guillaume Dodet (2010-2013); Lígia Pinto (2004-2010).
  • M.Sc.: Diogo Mendes (2013-2015); Baptiste Mengal (2013); Martha Guerreiro (2009-2010); Ana Picado (2007-2008); Lígia Pinto (2002-2003)

Relevant Publications

  • Mendes, M., A.B. Fortunato, X. Bertin, K. Martins, L. Lavaud, A.N. Silva, A.A. Pires-Silva, T. Coulombier, J.P. Pinto, 2020. Importance of infragravity waves in a wave-dominated inlet under storm conditions, Continental Shelf Research, 192: 104026, DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2019.104026
  • Oliveira, A., A.B. Fortunato, J. Rogeiro, J. Teixeira, A. Azevedo, L. Lavaud, X. Bertin, J. Gomes, M. David, J. Pina, M. Rodrigues, P. Lopes, 2020. OPENCoastS: An open-access service for the automatic generation of coastal forecast systems, Environmental Modelling and Software, 124: 104585. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.104585
  • Rodrigues, M., A.B. Fortunato, P. Freire, 2019. Saltwater intrusion in the upper Tagus Estuary during droughts, Geosciences, 9/9: 400, DOI: 10.3390/geosciences9090400
  • Bertin, X., D. Mendes, K. Martins, A.B. Fortunato, L. Lavaud, 2019. The Closure of a Shallow Tidal Inlet Promoted by Infragravity Waves, Geophysical Research Letters, 46/12: 6804-6810. DOI: 10.1029/2019GL083527
  • Fortunato, A.B., Meredith, E.P., Rodrigues, M., Freire, P., Feldmann, H., 2019. Near-future changes in storm surges along the Atlantic Iberian coast, Natural Hazards, 98/3: 1003-1020. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-018-3375-z
  • Mendes, D., J.P. Pinto, A.A. Pires-Silva, A.B. Fortunato 2018. Infragravity wave energy changes on a dissipative barred beach: A numerical study, Coastal Engineering, 140, 136-146.
  • Rodrigues, M.; Fortunato, A.B. 2017. Assessment of a three-dimensional baroclinic circulation model of the Tagus estuary (Portugal), AIMS Environmental Science 4, 6: 763 - 787. doi: 10.3934/environsci.2017.6.763
  • Fortunato, André B; Freire, Paula; Bertin, Xavier; Rodrigues, Marta; Ferreira, Juan; Liberato, Margarida L. 2017. A numerical study of the February 15, 1941 storm in the Tagus estuary, Continental Shelf Research 144, -: 50 - 64. doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2017.06.023
  • André B. Fortunato, Anabela Oliveira, João Rogeiro, Ricardo Tavares da Costa, João L. Gomes, Kai Li, Gonçalo de Jesus, Paula Freire, Ana Rilo, Ana Mendes, Marta Rodrigues,Alberto Azevedo (2017). Operational forecast framework applied to extreme sea levels at regional and local scales, Journal of Operational Oceanography, 10/1: 1-15. doi: 10.1080/1755876X.2016.1255471
  • Azevedo, A.;  A.B. Fortunato;  B. Epifânio;  S. den Boer;  E.R. Oliveira;  F.L. Alves;  G. Jesus;  J.L. Gomes;  A. Oliveira (2017). An oil risk management system based on high-resolution hazard and vulnerability calculations,  Ocean and Coastal Management, 136: 1-18, DOI: 10.1016/J.OCECOAMAN.2016.11.014

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