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Albert Falqués i Serra



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Departament de Física
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Mòdul B5, 103
Jordi Girona 1-3
E-08034 Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain


  • Degree in Physics (Universitat de Barcelona, 1974)
  • PhD in Physics (Universitat de Barcelona, 1982)

Research Interests

Mathematical modelling of coastal processes. Dynamics of beach profile and nearshore sand bars, shoreline planform and sand waves, sand banks and large scale morphological patterns.  Dynamics of currents, low frequency water waves, shear waves and edge waves. Self-organized patterns and complexity.

Biographical Sketch

Albert Falqués got his Degree and his PhD in Physics at the University of Barcelona in 1974 and 1982, respectively. He started his teaching career as assistant professor at the civil engineering school of UPC in 1976 and he got an Associate Professor position in 1985. He is Full Professor since 2006. He has been teaching Physics and Mathematics, mainly Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics, but also Differential Equations and Numerical Methods. He started his research career in the field of Continuum Mechanics, Rational Thermodynamics and Dynamical Systems. After the PhD promotion in 1982 he turned into Fluid Mechanics and Numerical Methods. In 1986 he started his main research activity in coastal morphodynamics that he has been pursuing since then. He has funded a small research group in this topic (6 people at present), has led 14 funded scientific projects and has supervised 10 PhD thesis. He has more than 56 published scientific articles and he has presented more than 110 conference talks (including invited talks).

Selected Publications

  • Falqués, A., Ribas, F., Mujal-Colilles, A., Puig-Polo, C. A new morphodynamic instability associated with cross-shore transport in the nearshore. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS (2021) 48 (13), pp. 1-9 doi: 10.1029/2020GL091722
  • Coco, G., Calvete, D., Ribas, F., de Swart, H., Falques, A. Emerging crescentic patterns in modelled double sandbar systems under normally incident waves. EARTH SURFACE DYNAMICS (2020), 8 (2), pp.323-334, doi: 10.5194/esurf-8-323-2020
  • Mujal-Colilles, A., Grifoll, M., Falques, A. Rhythmic morphology in a microtidal low-energy beach. GEOMORPHOLOGY (2019) 334, p. 151-164 doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.02.037
  • Falqués, A., Kakeh, N., Calvete, D. A new instability mechanism related to high-angle waves. OCEAN DYNAMICS (2018) 68 (9), pp. 1169-1179 doi: 10.1007/s10236-018-1186-0
  • Falqués, A., Ribas, F., Idier, D., Arriaga, J. Formation mechanisms for self-organized kilometer-scale shoreline sand waves. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE (2017) 122 (5), pp. 1121-1138 doi: 10.1002/2016JF003964
  • Arriaga, J., Rutten, J., Ribas, F., Falqués, A., Ruessink, G. Modeling the long-term diffusion and feeding capability of a mega-nourishment. COASTAL ENGINEERING (2017) 121, pp. 1–13 doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2016.11.011
  • Ribas, F., Falqués, A., de Swart, H. E., Dodd, N., Garnier, R., Calvete, D. Understanding coastal morphodynamic patterns from depth-averaged sediment concentration. REVIEWS OF GEOPHYSICS (2015), 53 (2), pp. 362-410, doi: 10.1002/2014RG000457
  • Fernández-Mora, A., Calvete, D., Falqués, A., de Swart, H. E. Onshore sandbar migration in the surf zone: New insights into the wave-induced sediment transport mechanisms. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS (2015) 42(8), pp. 2869-2877 doi:10.1002/2014GL063004
  • Garnier, R., Falqués, A., Calvete, D., Thiébot, J., Ribas, F. A mechanism for sandbar straightening by oblique wave incidence. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS (2013) 40 (11), pp. 2726-2730 doi:10.1002/grl.50464
  • Falqués, A., Calvete, D. Large-scale dynamics of sandy coastlines: Diffusivity and instability. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS (2005) 110(C3, C03007 doi: 10.1029/2004JC002587 pdf
  • Falqués, A., Coco, G., Huntley, DA. A mechanism for the generation of wave-driven rhythmic patterns in the surf zone. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS (2000) 105(C10), pp. 24071-24087 doi: 10.1029/2000JC900100

Full publication list of the group full list


  • ETSECCPB, Grau d'Enginyeria Civil: Mecànica Racional
  • ETSETB, Enginyeria Física: Mecànica i Fluids.

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