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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).
  • Review Editor (2022-) - Frontiers in Marine Science
  • Member of the Editorial Board (2017-) - Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada
  • Member of the Editorial Board (2020-2021) - Oceans
  • Member of the Scientific Committee (2008-2016) - Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board (2007-2013) - Open Ocean Engineering Journal
  • 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 (2016-2020); 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

  • Mengual, B., X. Bertin, F. Place, M. Pezarat, T. Coulombier, D. Mendes, A.B. Fortunato (2022). Wave-current interactions at the Tagus Estuary Mouth (Portugal) under storm wave conditions, Ocean Modelling, 175: 102035. DOI:10.1016/j.ocemod.2022.102035
  • Krapez, J.-C.; Sanchis Muñoz, J.; Mazel, C.; Chatelard, C.; Déliot, P.; Frédéric, Y.-M.; Barillot, P.; Hélias, F.; Barba Polo, J.; Olichon, V.; Serra, G.; Brignolles, C.; Carvalho, A.; Carreira, D.; Oliveira, A.; Alves, E.; Fortunato, A.B.; Azevedo, A.; Benetazzo, P.; Bertoni, A.; Le Goff, I. 2022. Multispectral Optical Remote Sensing for Water-Leak Detection. Sensors, 22: 1057. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22031057
  • Umgiesser, G., M. Bajo, C. Ferrarin, A. Cucco, P. Lionello, D. Zanchettin, A. Papa, A. Tosoni, M. Ferla, E. Coraci, S. Morucci, F. Crosato, A. Bonometto, A. Valentini, M. Orlic, I.D. Haigh, J.W. Nielsen, X. Bertin, A.B. Fortunato, B.P. Gómez, E.A. Fanjul, D. Paradis, D. Jourdan, A. Pasquet, B. Mourre, J. Tintorée, R.J. Nicholls, 2021.  The prediction of floods in Venice: methods, models and uncertainty (review article), Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 21: 2679–2704. DOI: 10.5194/nhess-21-2679-2021.
  • Freire, P., M. Rodrigues, A.B. Fortunato, A. Freitas 2021. Flood and drought risk assessment for agricultural areas (Tagus Estuary, Portugal), Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 21: 2503–2521. DOI: 10.5194/nhess-21-2503-2021
  • Tavares, A.O., J.L. Barros, P. Freire, P.P. Santos, L. Perdiz, A.B. Fortunato 2021. A coastal flooding database from 1980 to 2018 for the continental Portuguese coastal zone, Applied Geography, 135: 102534. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2021.102534
  • Fortunato, A.B., P. Freire, B. Mengual, X. Bertin, C. Pinto, K. Martins, T. Guérin, A. Azevedo 2021.Sediment dynamics and morphological evolution in the Tagus Estuary inlet, Marine Geology, 440: 106590. DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2021.106590
  • Oliveira, A., A.B. Fortunato, M. Rodrigues, A. Azevedo, J. Rogeiro, S. Bernardes, L. Lavaud, X. Bertin, A. Nahon, G. Jesus, M. Rocha, P. Lopes 2021. Forecasting contrasting coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics with OPENCoastS, Environmental Modelling & Software, 143: 105132. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2021.105132
  • Rodrigues, M., R. Martins, J. Rogeiro, A. B. Fortunato, A. Oliveira, A. Cravo, J. Jacob, A. Rosa, A. Azevedo, P. Freire 2021. A Web-Based Observatory for Biogeochemical Assessment in Coastal Regions, Journal of Environmental Informatics, 38/1: 1.15. DOI:10.3808/jei.202100450
  • Rocha, M;  Oliveira, A.;  Freire, P.;  Fortunato, A.B.;  Nahon, A.;  Barros, J.L.;  Azevedo, A.;  Oliveira, F.S.B.F.;  Rogeiro, J.;  Jesus, G.;  Martins, R.J.;  Santos, P.P.;  Tavares, A.O.;  Oliveira, J. 2021. Multi-Hazard WebGIS Platform for Coastal Regions, APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL, 11/11: 5253, DOI: 10.3390/app11115253
  • Rodrigues, M., A. Rosa, A. Cravo, J. Jacob, A.B. Fortunato (2021). Effects of climate change and anthropogenic pressures in the water quality of a coastal lagoon (Ria Formosa, Portugal), Science of The Total Environment, 780: 146311.

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