Research interests:

I am a geoscientist interested in a variety of aspects of coastal and marine environments, at scales that range from individual storm events to decadal and centennial coastal evolution under changing sea levels, exploring many different approaches and tools, ranging from detailed field experiments to underwater and satellite remote sensing, as well as numerical modelling and spatial analysis. My specific research interests are:
– beach and nearshore morphodynamics, with a focus on geologically controlled settings;
– impacts of extreme coastal events, from tropical to extratropical storms, including erosional mechanisms and overwash dynamics
– exploratory modelling of coastal dynamics, particularly hydrodynamics and morphological evolution;
– wave climate and storminess, using both observations and global climate modelling.

Career history:

Since 2019 – Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Stirling, Scotland

Since 2014 – Honorary Research Fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

2016 to 2019 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

2013 to 2016 – FCT Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Algarve, Portugal

Active research projects:

Nearshore Geological Control on Coastal Morphodynamics: monitoring and modelling nearshore dynamics in geomorphologically complex coastal areas in Northern Ireland and South Africa, in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Ulster University;

Assessment of shoreline change and coastal hazards in large-scale embayments in Southern African using remote sensing, in collaboration with the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.

Understanding coastal evolution in engineered coastlines by analysing nearshore and beach processes in the Southern Coastal Mine mega-nourishment in Namibia, in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and NAMDEB Diamond Corporation.

Recent publications:

Loureiro, C., Ferreira, Ó., (2020) Mechanisms and timescales of beach rotation. In Sandy Beach Morphodynamics, A.D. Short, D.W.T. Jackson (Eds.), Elsevier, Amsterdam, 593-614.

Gallop. S.L., Kennedy, D.M., Loureiro, C., Naylor, L.A., Muñoz-Perez, J.J., Jackson, D.W.T., Fellowes, T.E., (2020). Geologically controlled sandy beaches: their geomorphology, morphodynamics and classification. Science of the Total Environment, 731, 139123.

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

Sousa, L., Loureiro C., Ferreira Ó., (2018). Impacts of rising sea levels on cliff-backed platform beaches: model development and application to South Portugal. Applied Geography, 99, 31-43.

Cooper J.A.G., Green A., Loureiro C., (2018). Geological constraints on mesoscale barrier behaviour. Global and Planetary Change, 168, 15-34.