The research projects developed by MORDICS are funded by the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT), Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) and the University of Baja California (UABC).

Rip Current Morphodynamics on an Intermediate Beach

Funds: CB-J4- CONACyT #238765, 1.4 million (MXN)
Duration: 2015-2018

  • Morphodynamics associated to rip currents using monthly topo-bathymetric measurements (since Nov 2015)
  • Spatio-temporal variability of rip currents analysing images collected with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
  • Measurements of the vertical profile of rip currents using ADCPs under varying tidal and wave conditions
  • Numerical modelling of rip current dynamics with the XBeach model

Characterization of Nearshore Currents in the Perdido Region

Funds: As part of the CIGOM project, ST/FH/583/2014-SENER-CONACyT #201441, 82 million (MXN).
Duration: 2015-2020

  • Spatio-temporal variability of nearshore currents in the southern Texas coast (Brownsville to Corpus) with ADCP and X-band radar measurements.
  • Determining the effect of synoptic winds and meso-scale eddies on the variability of nearshore currents.
  • Numerical modelling of nearshore currents simulating typical scenarios to evaluate the possible impact of deep-water oil spills along the southern Texas and northern Tamaulipas coast.

Understanding physical processes and water-quality transport mechanisms in Californian small coastal inlets for resilient coastal systems under scenarios of climate change

PI: Fabián Bombardelli (UC-Davis) & Amaia Ruiz de Alegria-Arzaburu (UABC) Funds: UC-MEXUS, CN-18-179, 24,358.00 (USD).
Duration: 2018-2019

  • Understanding the effect of climate change scenarios on the resilience of small coastal inlets in CA and BC.
  • Determining water-exchange mechanisms across the inlets in relation to wave, wind and tidal forcings and the morphological set-up.

Swell-driven Storm Impacts on the Beaches in Ensenada (IMTENS)

Funds: UABC 18th Internal Call #636, 86,667 (MXN)
Duration: 2015-2016

  • Monthly topographic and bathymetric measurements on the beaches within Todos Santos Bay (Ensenada, Baja California): San Miguel, Stacks, Granada Cove, Playa Hermosa, Ciprés and Punta Banda Barrier.
  • Morphodynamic comparison of the sandy, mixed (sand and cobble) and cobble beaches within the Bay.
  • Study of the effect of El Niño 2015-2016 on the beach morphodynamics (erosion and recovery capabilities) and subtidal sandbar dynamics.

Equipment for the Study of Beach Morphodynamics in Mexico (EMOPLEX)

Funds: INFR-2013-01 I005 CONACyT #205020, 3.9 million (MXN).
Duration: 2013

Acquisition of highly-specialised scientific instrumentation to undertake hydrodynamic and morphological measurements along the Mexican coasts. ADCPs, ADVs, OBSs, dGPSs, echo-sounders and meteorological stations were acquired.

Beach Erosion and Recovery in Ensenada (ERPLENS)

Funds: UABC 17th Internal Call #624, 74,990 (MXN)
Duration: 2013-2014

  • Fortnightly topographic measurements and monthly bathymetric measurements at Playa Hermosa beach.
  • Storm-driven and seasonal volumetric variability.

Video-Monitoring Subtidal Sandbars and Rip Currents

Funds: F-PROMEP-38/Rev-03 SEP-23-005, UABC-PTC-418, 0.43 million (MXN).
Duration: 2013-2014

  • Identifying rip currents and subtidal sandbars using monthly topo-bathymetric measurements.
  • Spatio-temporal variability of subtidal sandbars and rip currents using unmanned aerial vehicles (VANT) and temporarily installed video-cameras.

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