Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. Roberto Mayerle

Hafentörn 1, 25761 Büsum
Phone: +49 4834 604-201
Telefax: +49 4834 604-299

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Inforrmation about Prof. Dr. Roberto Mayerle


Prof. Mayerle has over 20 years of experience in the fields of coastal geosciences and engineering. He is actively involved in the development and application of numerical models and coastal information systems for supporting the management of coastal areas. He graduated as a civil engineer in 1979 at the University of Paraná in Brazil and obtained his PhD at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK in 1988.

From 1989 till 1992 he worked at the National Centre for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering in Oxford/USA where he was in-charge of the development of multi-dimensional flow and sediment transport models in close cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Currently he is the Director of the Research and Technology Centre Westcoast of Kiel University and coordinator of several international projects.


Research questions

  • What are best suited strategies for predicting the effects of sea level rise, tsunamis and extreme storms on coastal hydrodynamics and morphodynamics?
  • What are best suited strategies for predicting human impacts in coastal regions?
  • How can direct and indirect measurements and process based models be combined to design strategies for coastal protection?
  • How should effective decision support systems for coastal uses (e.g. aquaculture, harbor operation, renewable ocean energy extraction) be designed?
  • How can the predictive ability of sediment transport and morphodynamic models be improved?
  • How can coastal information systems be set-up for the prediction of water levels, currents and waves in quasi real time?


Current Research

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