Centre for Harbours and Coastal Studies, CEDEX
Director Centre for Harbours and Coastal Studies, CEDEX
Jose M. Grassa, MSc Roads, Waterways and Ports, 1982, Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Advanced Studies Diploma, 2010, UPM. I am the Director of the Ports and Coasts Studies Centre (CEPYC) of CEDEX, where I have worked since 1986 as a member of the civil service corps. I have been responsible of writing some and supervising more than 2,000 contracted research, development, and advanced technology CEPYC – issued reports on port and coastal engineering, as well as on environmental quality on coasts and seas and navigation safety.
As Director of CEPYC I have also promoted the continuous buildup of world - class, applied research, capabilities at the Centre: Multidirectional Wave Basin, Large Scale Wave and Wind Flume, Ship Maneuvering Unit, Sea Pollution Fighting Laboratory.
My personal work has been related to the development and application of computer modelling of wave transformation over coastal areas and wave disturbance in port, long wave phenomena and wave – structures (bottom supported or floating) interaction using CFD SPH modelling. Currently I am working also on characterization of marine traffic at different scales from sea basins to ports, associated environmental issues (underwater sound, collision risks with whales)and planning and management of ports, using Big Data and Graph Theory among other techniques.
I am member of IAHR since 1989, participated in the Maritime Hydraulics Section in the ‘90s and I was an elected member of IAHR Council between 1987 – 2001.
My personal work has been on topics like nearshore wave modelling, coastal studies, waves – structures interaction and more recently with a special interest on uncertainties and coastal extreme events, erosion and coastal cities adaptation to CC, marine traffic pressures on endangered species (collisions, underwater noise) and an overview of other aspects of MSP like marine waste.