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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC): Partner 13

Universitat Politècnica de CatalunyaThe Laboratori d'Enginyeria Marítima (LIM/UPC) is a Research Centre within the Departament d'Enginyeria Hidràulica, Marítima i Ambiental (E.T.S. Eng. Camins, Canals i Ports de Barcelona) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain. LIM/UPC is thus a non-profit public Research Centre, with the sole aim of generating and transferring technology in the field of Maritime Engineering, Coastal Research and Ocean Sciences. The Laboratori d'Enginyeria Marítima is made up of a team of highly qualified professional staff (circa 30 postgraduate and/or PhD level researchers, 20 of which are full-time researchers and 10 combine research tasks with lecturing), with sound experience and coming from different technical/scientific backgrounds.

LIM/UPC undertakes basic/applied research projects in coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics, maritime environment climate and quality, oceanographic physics and engineering, coastal morphology, harbour and coastal engineering, and coastal zone management. LIM/UPC has been involved in numerous projects on coastal evolution and management funded by the EU, Spanish Government, and Autonomous Government of Catalonia. It has also organised several international courses funded by the EU Commission in the MAST and Environment Programmes dealing with coastal dynamics and management and several international and national conferences. Moreover, it has a PhD Programme in Marine Sciences where the coastal zone is studied at all levels and where there are participants from Spain and various other countries (EU, South and Central America).

In the field of coastal research LIM/UPC and, in particular, Prof. A. Sánchez-Arcilla and Prof. J. Jiménez have worked in coastal morphodynamics and management during the last ten years. This has included work in short- to long-term coastal evolution, mainly in deltaic environments, with the Ebro delta being the natural area of interest. In this topic, the LIM/UPC has led numerous projects at regional, national and international levels dealing with coastal processes, coastal evolution, impact of climatic change and coastal management in the Ebro delta. Finally, Prof. Sánchez-Arcilla is the responsible scientist for the Deltaic Node of LOICZ.

For further information visit the UPC website on: www.upc.edu

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