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RISC-KIT Summer School II - Faro, Portugal


The Second RISC-KIT "Summer" School will be held at University of the Algarve, Faro, Portugal, from 16-20 January, 2017. Enrollment will be open from 11 July until 14 October 2016. 



The course is open to PhD students (preferably 2nd year or more) and early career scientists (postdocs) with a background in physics, mathematics, engineering, oceanography, coastal dynamics, coastal engineering, flood risk or statistics. Basic knowledge of Matlab and programming is required. Experience with XBeach is preferred, but not necessary. Preference will be given to candidates based in Europe.


Course Outline*:

The course will address the assessment of coastal impacts using numerical tools such as XBeach and analytical tools such as Bayesian Networks. The course will consist of lectures, practical exercises and a field trip to the case study site of Praia de Faro. Computer facillities will be provided, together with the relevant, open-source software. 




Day   Theme    Lecturer(s)
Mon 16/01  

General introduction to RISC-KIT 

Hotspot tool introduction

Introduction into case study site 

Theory: Nearshore hydro- and morphodynamics on sandy


Theory: Bayesian-based statistical techniques 



Dr. Ap Van Dongeren

Dr. Robert Mc Call

Dr. Oscar Ferreira

Dr. Dano Roelvink

Wiebke Jäger

Tues 17/01  

Application of XBeach2D on a sandy coast

Introduction into XBeach (formulations, theory) 

Setting up XBeach local model using Delft Dashboard 

Presentations and discussion by groups

Optimization and validation in groups with assistance

Disaster Reduction Measures 

Introduction into Source, Pathway and Receptors

/ hazard, exposure, sensitivity



Dr. Robert Mc Call

Kees Nederhoff

Dr. Ap van Dongeren


Weds 18/01  

Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures

and Field Trip Field visit to Praia de Faro. Discussion of

problems, DRR solutions, occupation, etc. 

Defining potential DRR measures for Faro.



Dr. Oscar Ferreira

Dr. Karina Barquet

Thurs 19/01  

Bayesian Network as a Decision Support System

Introduction and theory of Bayesian Networks 

BN application to Praia de Faro (inputs, outputs,

DRR measures) 

Inspection and analysis of BN by participants 

Introduction on qualitative measures and DRR

solutions in BN 

Adding DRR measures by participants               

Presentation on results 



Wiebke Jäger

Dr. Haris Plomaritis


Fri 20/01  

MCA assessment.

Theory and practice of stakeholder interaction

Preparation for stakeholders meeting

Stakeholder meeting exercise - discussion on

DRR measures

Round up



Dr. Karina Barquet

Dr. Oscar Ferreira

Dr. Susana Costa

  *The programme may be subject to change in accordance with logistical limitations.


Field Trip Site: Praia de Faro, Ria Formosa, Algarve.

The Ria Formosa coastal lagoon Case Study site is located on the southern coast of Portugal. It consists of a lagoon protected by five barrier islands and two peninsulas, spatially distributed to produce a cuspate shoreline that extends over 55km. The barrier islands are highly dynamic systems in a constant process of recycling, mostly driven by inlet breaching and migration. At present, two out of the six tidal inlets are artificially constructed, three have been relocated and only one preserves its natural origin. The back-barrier area consists mainly of tidal flats, salt marshes, small sandy islands, and tidal channels.

The main land uses within the site's surroundings concern tourism, nature conservation, aquaculture and salt extraction. Urban development in Ria Formosa is relatively low and occupies a very small area of the system, concentrated mainly in 5 villages. Most of them are located at the back-barrier shores. However, Praia de Faro and Farol expanded seaward of the frontal dune facing the direct effect of the storms. Praia de Faro, is a particularly vulnerable "hotspot" area in the case study site, Ria Formosa. Storms approaching the Ria Formosa may directly impact in the barrier islands provoking overwash, erosion and/or breaching. Traditionally, more frequent impacts over the region have observed in Praia de Faro.


Course Fees and Financial Support:

The course tuition will be provided free of charge. Lunch will also be provided each day during the course. The organisers will also cover the costs of accommodation for all course participants. Accomodation will be booked by the course organisers. Any student who does not wish to avail of the provided accommodation and/or meals will need to make alternative arrangements at their own expense and convenience.

Students will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for the costs involved in travelling to Faro. Any additional subsistence costs will also be borne by the students themselves.



Enrollment for the second "summer school" will be open from 11 July until 14 October 2016. To apply for the course, please send a Letter of Motivation together with an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae to Applications will be evaluated by the convenors and the most suitable candidates will be offered a place on the course. Please note that places are limited and preference will be given to candidates based in Europe. For any questions regarding the summer schools, please email us at the address above, clearly stating Summer School II or Summer School Faro in the subject line.