IV International Summer School on

Dynamics of Estuarine and Nearshore Systems

From Fundamentals to Cutting-Edge Knowledge

June 11th – 21st, 2019. Granada, Spain


The International Summer School will focus on the process-based modelling of estuarine and nearshore systems, covering from fundamental concepts to advanced applications or current knowledge of these systems. The primary topic of the school will be the study of the estuarine and the nearshore environment with simple mathematical-physical models that govern hydrodynamic, morphodynamic, and ecological processes. The school aims at providing an integral view of actual coastal systems through thematic lectures, and hands-on practices led by international renowned experts.


This Summer School is intended for MSc and PhD students who are interested in physical processes in nearshore and estuarine systems. Our students are expected to be familiar with basic concepts (at least, end level of Sc. or Eng. bachelor) of: hydrodynamic equations, ocean waves, boundary layer properties, mathematical and statistical methods, and computer programming.

How to prepare
  1. During the summer school, we expect each student to give a presentation about his/her own research. Presentation should not be longer than 8 min, so that, please, time it in advance.
  2. We advise to read the Open University book ‘Waves, tides and shallow water processes’, Pergamon Press (in particularly, chapters 1+2+3). The book can presently be downloaded from here.
  3. It would also be useful if you already know about the basic concepts of linear wave theory, as discussed (e.g.) in Chapter 5 in Holthuijsen (2007) Waves in Oceanic and Coastal Waters - CUP.

Important Dates

  • Check in: Tuesday, June 11th (Icebreaker at 20:00).
  • Starting date of Summer School: Wednesday, June 12th.
  • Check out: Friday, June 21th.
  • (EXTENDED) Deadline for applications: April 1st. Applications period is closed.
  • Follow updates on this web page and on twitter: @ensy2019


The course consists of a 11 days period. The course takes the form of 40 hours of lectures and assisted practices, approx. 6 hours of a field exursion to the Granadian coast, and about 15 hours of students' work. Approximate distribution of hours between Theory (T) and Practices (P) to be done by the students assisted by the lecturers, is 60%-40%. The student's working hours also include: short individual presentations (8 min/student) in which they introduce themselves and their research interests; and teamwork to carry out practices. Analyzes of case studies are expected to be carried out by groups of 4 students each under supervision of the lecturers. Students are expected to present the outcome of the case studies (12 min/group).

Lectures and students' work is programmed from 9:00 to 18:00, with a break between 13:00 and 16:00 for lunch.

Field excursion to the Granadian coast is scheduled the June, 18th.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Applications and Fees

  • The fee is €750 and covers accommodation, food and drinks, registration, lecture notes and a scientific excursion. Attendants will have to cover their own travel expenses.
  • Please e-mail to ensy2019@ugr.es a letter of application, a short CV (include age and gender) and names of at least 1 reference person.

Thank you all for your submissions! We'll start the review process soon, and in the course of this month (April) we will inform you about the outcome!


  • Laura Aguilera - Universidad Federal de Río de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Ana I. Aldarias Martos - University of Cádiz (Spain)
  • Riccardo Brunetta - University of Ferrara (Italy)
  • Maurizio Danna - Université de Bordeaux (France)
  • Jongwi Chang - Inha University in Incheon (South Korea)
  • Francesco De Leo - University of Genoa (Italy)
  • Rinse de Swart - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
  • Xiao Deng - Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)
  • Hesham Elmilady - Deltares Research Institute (The Netherlands)
  • Steven Figueroa - Inha University in Incheon (South Korea)
  • Drude F. Christensen - University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Weilun Gao - Beijing Normal University (China)
  • Andrés M. García Ruiz - Universidad Austral de Chile (Chile)
  • Soizic Garnier - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK)
  • Jill Hanssen - Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)
  • Jannek Gundlach - Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)
  • Janneke Krabbendam - Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
  • Emma MacAllister - University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • Rajae Rtimi - Université de Bordeaux (France)
  • Manuel Teixeira - University of the Republic (Uruguay)
  • Cristina Viola - University of Newcastle (Australia)
  • Jinyang Wang - Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
  • Wang Yajun - East China Normal University (China)
  • Zhicheng Yang - University of Padova (Italy)

We are also indebted with the crew of the S/R vessel Salvamar Hamal, and to the Port of Motril for its support.


Organizing Committee

Huib E. de Swart, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Manuel Díez-Minguito, Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group, University of Granada, Spain.

Local Organizing Committee

Asunción Baquerizo, Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group, University of Granada, Spain.

Marian Serrano, Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group, University of Granada, Spain.

Miguel Ortega-Sánchez, Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group, University of Granada, Spain.

Pedro J. Magaña, Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group, University of Granada, Spain.

Venue and Accomodation

About the city

Granada is an university city. The 30% of its population are students, lecturers, researchers, and administrative staff directly linked to the University of Granada. A lively student atmosphere has flourished here, giving rise to the development of a multicultural and vibrant study destination. Thanks to its rich historical and cultural legacy, and to the presence of a pro-active university community, Granada has firmly established itself as a vibrant cultural hub. The city has been home to Iberian, Roman, Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities, all of which have left their own distinctive footprint on the city. The world-renowned Alhambra palace, UNESCO world heritage site, is widely regarded as the most outstanding examples of Arabic architecture to date. Check this link out to get some advices regarding Alhambra tickets. The Sierra Nevada range dominates the sights and climate of the city. The subtropical coast, just 65 km southwards, offer scenic beaches and exceptional weather throughout the year.

Plan your stay

Granada Airport is located 16 kilometers from the city. There are car rentals, taxis, and bus service to Granada (recommended). Domestic flights connect Granada with Madrid and Barcelona, among other cities. We also recommend you to fly directly to Málaga (AGP). Málaga Airport is connected with many international destinations from all over the world. Málaga is the nearest international airport and is only 90 minutes from Granada by road. There are regular direct bus connections from Málaga Airport to Granada Bus Station.

More information from the how to get there.pdf file.

Participants will be accommodated in the University Housings of the Corrala de Santiago. The Corrala de Santiago is an outstanding and cosy Granadian-style building from the XVI th century. It is located in the historicand lively district of Realejo. The Corrala is only 5 minutes walking distance from the city centre. Lectures and meetings during the Summer School lectures take place in the Corrala de Santiago, too. Please, download from here indications about where to have breakfast, lunch and dinner near the Corrala de Santiago (included in the fee).


Any question related to this summer school? Please, contact us here: ensy2019@ugr.es or here: @ensy2019

Looking forward to seeing you this summer!


ENSY2019 is supported by leading international institutions in the field of coastal and estuarine physics:

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