I'm a PhD student at the Water Engineering and Management group, advised by Prof. dr. S.J.M.H. Hulscher and Prof. dr. K. M. Wijnberg. My current research is focused on beach-dune dynamics near inlets and its relations with "Building-with-Nature" human interventions. My research interests also include: coastal oceanography, nearshore processes and measurement techniques in coastal areas.
Natural processes of inlet systems, such as shoal attachment and channel migration, can influence the development of beach-dune systems near inlets. Erosional phases of coastline evolution due to these processes can affect the level of flood protection provided by the beach-dune system as well as the available area for societal activities (such as recreation, drinking water extraction, nature conservation). In a companion project, the potential to artificially stimulate shoal attachment as a natural way of coastal protection is studied. The present project aims at predicting which scenarios of beach-dune system response can be expected to occur under various shoreline development conditions, considering both the natural and anthropogenic forcing, thus linking human interventions in channel-shoal systems to impacts in the adjacent beach-dune system in a convenient time-scale for stakeholders (years to decades).
Galiforni Silva, F., Wijnberg, K. M., de Groot, A. V., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2018). The influence of groundwater depth on coastal dune development at sand flats close to inlets. Ocean dynamics, 1-18. DOI: 10.1007/s10236-018-1162-8
Wijnberg, K., van der Spek, A., Galiforni Silva, F., Elias, E., van der Wegen, M., & Slinger, J. (2017). Connecting subtidal and subaerial sand transport pathways in the Texel inlet system. In T. Aagaard, R. Deigaard, & D. Fuhrman (Eds.), Proceedings Coastal Dynamics 2017 (pp. 323-332)
Galiforni Silva, F., Wijnberg, K. M., de Groot, A. V., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2017). On the importance of tidal inlet processes for coastal dune development. In T. Aagaard, R. Deigaard, & D. Fuhrman (Eds.), Proceedings Coastal Dynamics 2017 (pp. 1131-1141)
Galiforni Silva, F., Wijnberg, K. M., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2017). Observation of storm surge flooding on dune topography in inlets. 97-97. Abstract from NCK-Days 2017, Den Helder, Netherlands.
de Groot, A., de Vries, S., Arens, B., Bodde, W., de Winter, W., Donker, J., ... Williams, I. A. (2017). State of the art of aeolian and dune research on the Dutch and Belgian coast. 65-65. Abstract from NCK-Days 2017, Den Helder, Netherlands.
Galiforni Silva, F., Gomes de Oliveira Sousa, P. H., & Siegle, E. (2016). Longshore transport gradients and erosion processes along the Ilha Comprida (Brazil) beach system. Ocean dynamics, 66(6), 853-865. DOI: 10.1007/s10236-016-0956-9
Galiforni Silva, F., Wijnberg, K. M., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2016). The role of water level in Aeolian dune development near inlets. 6-7. Abstract from 18th Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas Conference, PECS 2016, Scheveningen, Netherlands.
Galiforni Silva, F., Sousa, P. H. G. O., & Siegle, E. (2015). Space-time beach variability in an exposed barrier island: the case of Ilha Comprida (SP), Brazil. Abstract from NCK-Days 2015, Camperduin, Netherlands.
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- 2013-2014 – MSc in Oceanography
Oceanographic Institute – University of São Paulo (BR)
Thesis: “Morpho-sedimentary dynamics along the Ilha Comprida (SP) beach system”
Advisor: Dr. Eduardo Siegle
- 2008-2012 – BSc in Oceanography
Oceanographic Institute - University of São Paulo (BR)