Pedro J.M. Costa


Job: Lecturer\ Professor Auxiliar

Research Group: RG2 – Earth Surface Processes @ Instituto Dom Luiz - Associated Laboratory


Room: Torre C, 506

Academic Degrees and fields of specialization:

Current position – Lecturer\Professor Auxiliar – Departamento de Ciências da Terra, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Visiting Research Fellow – UERJ (Brazil) and RWTH (Germany)

2012 PhD in Geology Departamento de Geologia, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

2006 Master in Geography and Earth Sciences, Dep. of Geography and Earth Sciences, School for the Environment, Brunel University, London, UK

2002 BSc in Geology, “Licenciatura pré-Bolonha” (5-year degree) Departamento de Ciências da Terra, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal


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Main Scientific Interests

Multidisciplinary research focused on the study of coastal and marine risks using field data (sedimentological, geomorphological, geophysical and geochemical) combined with empirical and numerical modelling to understand the impacts caused by natural disasters (tsunamis, storms, floods)



Coastal and marine geology; Natural hazards; Tsunami and Storm deposits; Sedimentology, Sedimentary dynamics; Adaptation to climate change; Provenance studies; Sediment transport modelling


Selected Publications:

1.      Areia, N.P., Costa, P.J.M., Tavares, A.O, 2022. Social engagement in coastal adaptation processes: Development and validation of the CoastADAPT scale. Environmental Science and Policy; 133; 107-114; DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2022.03.011; Link

2.      Bellanova, P., Feist, L., Costa, P.J.M., Orywol, S., Reicherter, K., Lehmkuhl, F., Schwarzbauer, J., 2022. Contemporary pollution of surface sediments from the Algarve shelf, PortugalMarine Pollution Bulletin; 176; 113410; DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113410; Link

3.      Dourado, F., Costa, P.J., Baptista, M.A., Omira, R., Cezario, A.P., Veloso, A.V., Fatela, F., 2022. Possible evidence of the 1755 CE transatlantic tsunami in BrazilJournal of South American Earth Sciences; 116; 103823; DOI: 10.1016/j.jsames.2022.103823;  Link

4.      Scardino, G., Scicchitano, G., Chirivì, M., Costa, P.J.M., Luparelli, A., Mastronuzzi, G., 2022. Convolutional Neural Network and Optical Flow for the Assessment of Wave and Tide Parameters from Video Analysis (LEUCOTEA): An Innovative Tool for Coastal MonitoringRemote Sensing; 14; 13; 2994; DOI: 10.3390/rs14132994; Citações: 0 ; Link

5.      Bosnic, I., Costa, P.J.M., Dourado, F., La Selle, S., Gelfenbaum, G., 2021. Onshore flow characteristics of the 1755 CE Lisbon tsunami: Linking forward and inverse numerical modelingMarine Geology; 434; 106432; DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2021.106432;  Link

6.      Costa, P.J.M., Dawson, S., Ramalho, R.S., Engel, M., Dourado, F., Bosnic, I., Andrade, C., 2021. A review on onshore tsunami deposits along the Atlantic coastsEarth-Science Reviews; 212; 103441; DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103441; Link

7.      Dourado, F., Costa, P.J.M., La Selle, S., Andrade, C., Silva, A.N., Bosnic, I., Gelfenbaum, G., 2021. Can Modeling the Geologic Record Contribute to Constraining the Tectonic Source of the 1755 CE Great Lisbon Earthquake? Earth and Space Science; 8; 4; e2020EA001109; DOI: 10.1029/2020EA001109; Link

8.      Costa, P.J.M., Andrade, C., 2020. Tsunami deposits: Present knowledge and future challengesSedimentology; 67; 3; 1189-1206; DOI: 10.1111/sed.12724;  Link

9.      Říha, K., Křupka, A., Costa, P.J.M., 2019. Image analysis applied to quartz grain microtextural provenance studiesComputers and Geosciences; 125; 98-108; DOI: 10.1016/j.cageo.2019.01.007;  Link

10.    Costa, P.J.M., Gelfenbaum, G., Dawson, S., La Selle, S., Milne, F., Cascalho, J., Lira, C.P., Andrade, C., Freitas, M.C., Jaffe, B., 2018. The application of microtextural and heavy mineral analysis to discriminate between storm and tsunami depositsGeological Society Special Publication; 456; 1; 167-190; Tsunamis: Geology, Hazards and Risks. Scourse, E. M., Chapman, N. A., Tappin, D. R. and Wallis, S. R. (eds); DOI: 10.1144/SP456.7;  Link

11.    Moreira, S., Costa, P.J.M., Andrade, C., Ponte Lira, C., Freitas, M.C., Oliveira, M.A., Reichart, G.-J., Reichart, G.-J., 2017. High resolution geochemical and grain-size analysis of the AD 1755 tsunami deposit: Insights into the inland extent and inundation phasesMarine Geology; 390; 94-105; DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2017.04.007;  Link

12.    Costa, P.J.M., Park, Y.S., Kim, Y.D., Quintela, M., Mahaney, W.C., Dourado, F., Dawson, S., 2017. Imprints in silica grains induced during an open-channel flow experiment: Determination of microtextural signatures during aqueous transport. Journal of Sedimentary Research; 87; 7; 677-687; DOI: 10.2110/jsr.2017.39; Link

13.    Wang, G., Li, J., Ravi, S., Scott Van Pelt, R., Costa, P.J.M., Dukes, D., 2017. Tracer techniques in aeolian research: Approaches, applications, and challenges. Earth-Science Reviews; 170; 1-16; DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.05.001;  Link

14.    Costa, P.J.M., Costas, S., González-Villanueva, R., Oliveira, M.A., Roelvink, D., Andrade, C., Freitas, M.C., Cunha, P.P., Martins, A., Buylaert, J.-P., Murray, A., 2016. How did the AD 1755 tsunami impact on sand barriers across the southern coast of Portugal? Geomorphology; 268; 296-311; DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.06.019;  Link

15.    Costa, P.J.M., Andrade, C., Cascalho, J., Dawson, A.G., Freitas, M.C., Paris, R., Dawson, S., 2015. Onshore tsunami sediment transport mechanisms inferred from heavy mineral assemblagesHolocene; 25; 5; 795-809; DOI: 10.1177/0959683615569322;  Link

16.    Costa, P.J.M., Andrade, C., Mahaney, W.C., Marques da Silva, F., Freire, P., Freitas, M.C., Janardo, C., Oliveira, M.A., Silva, T., Lopes, V., 2013. Aeolian microtextures in silica spheres induced in a wind tunnel experiment: Comparison with aeolian quartzGeomorphology; 180-181; 120-129; DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.09.011; Link

17.    Costa, P.J.M., Andrade, C., Dawson, A.G., Mahaney, W.C., Freitas, M.C., Paris, R., Taborda, R., 2012. Microtextural characteristics of quartz grains transported and deposited by tsunamis and stormsSedimentary Geology; 275-276; 55-69; DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2012.07.013; Link

18.    Costa, P.J.M., Andrade, C., Freitas, M.C., Oliveira, M.A., Lopes, V., Dawson, A.G., Moreno, J., Fatela, F., Jouanneau, J.-M., 2012. A tsunami record in the sedimentary archive of the central Algarve coast, Portugal: Characterizing sediment, reconstructing sources and inundation pathsHolocene; 22; 8; 899-914; DOI: 10.1177/0959683611434227;  Link

19.    St-Onge, G., Chapron, E., Mulsow, S., Salas, M., Viel, M., Debret, M., Foucher, A., Mulder, T., Winiarski, T., Desmet, M., Costa, P.J.M., Ghaleb, B., Jaouen, A., Locat, J., 2012. Comparison of earthquake-triggered turbidites from the Saguenay (Eastern Canada) and Reloncavi (Chilean margin) Fjords: Implications for paleoseismicity and sedimentologySedimentary Geology; 243-244; 89-107; DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2011.11.003; Link

20.    Costa, P.J.M., Andrade, C., Freitas, M.C., Oliveira, M.A., da Silva, C.M., Omira, R., Taborda, R., Baptista, M.A., Dawson, A.G., 2011. Boulder deposition during major tsunami eventsEarth Surface Processes and Landforms; 36; 15; 2054-2068; DOI: 10.1002/esp.2228;  Link


Projects (Ongoing):

Project name

Funding body

Project theme

Principal Investigator

Role in project



Onshore and offshore tsunami geological record

Pedro JM Costa


Von Karman

RWTH Aachen (Alemanha)

Wave tank experiments

Pedro JM Costa


National Roadmap

EEA Grants

Climate change adaptation strategies

Pedro Matos Soares (IDL, FCUL)

WP leader


BELSPO (Belgium)

Offshore tsunami geological record and sea-level evolution (Shetland, Scotland)

Marc De Batist (Univ. Ghent, Bélgica)

WP leader


Polish Science Foundation

DNA in Foraminifera to differentiate tsunami and storm deposits

Witold Szczuciński (Poznan Univ., Poland)

WP leader



Interior Ministery

Coastal hazards Sahara

Mohamed Najib Zaghloul (Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Tétouan, Marrocos)

WP leader



Coastal monitoring system

Sérgio Ávila (Univ. Açores)

WP leader


European Union (Erasmus +)

Sustainable Sustainability and Wise Use of Geological Resources

Nelson Rodrigues (DCT-UC)

Co-WP leader



Tsunami bouldes in Cape Verde

Ricardo Ramalho (IDL, FCUL)

Research team member


FCT (Bilateral)

Holocene evolution (Tunisia)

Conceição Freitas (IDL, FCUL)

Research team member


Online talks (selected)

•    OnOff - Coupling onshore and offshore tsunami record: complementary tools for a broader perspective on tsunami events (FCT funding - PTDC/CTA-GEO/28941/2017). 21 de Fevereiro de 2022.
•    Depósitos sedimentares de Tsunamis no Atlântico – GIDs UFCG. 20 de Janeiro de 2022.
•   Tsunami deposits - key future challenges. NamiLinks 1.0 - A Virtual Workshop on Tsunamis. 14 de Dezembro de 2021.


Book chapters: 

·          2022         Costa, P.J.M., Lario, J., Reicherter, K. (2022). Tsunami Deposits in Atlantic Iberia: A Succinct Review. In: Álvarez-Martí-Aguilar, M., Machuca Prieto, F. (eds) Historical Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Archaeology in the Iberian Peninsula. Natural Science in Archaeology. Springer, Singapore. LINK

·          2022         Costa, P.J.M and Dawson, S. (2022). Tsunami Sedimentology. Page 135-151. In: Tilling R.I. (eds) Complexity in Tsunamis, Volcanoes, and their Hazards. Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science Series. Springer, New York, NY. LINK

·          2020            Costa, P.J.M, Feist, L., Dawson, A., Stewart, I., Reicherter, K., Andrade, C. (2020). Chapter 11 - An overview on offshore tsunami deposits. Page 202-212. Book: Tsunamiites – Features and Implications, 2nd Edition. Edited by Shiki, T. Tsuji, Y., Yamazaki, T. and Nanayama, F. Published by Elsevier. Paperback ISBN: 9780128239391. eBook ISBN: 9780128239407 482 pp. LINK

·          2020         Costa, P.J.M. (2020). Chapter 19 - Microtextures in tsunami deposits: a useful sediment fingerprinting tool. Pages 403-425. Editor(s): Max Engel, Jessica Pilarczyk, Simon Matthias May, Dominik Brill, Ed Garrett. Book: Geological Records of Tsunamis and Other Extreme Waves. Published by Elsevier. ISBN 9780128156865. DOI: LINK

·          2020         Dawson, S., Costa, P.J.M., Dawson, A., Engel, M. (2020). Chapter 6 - Onshore archives of tsunami deposits. Pages 95-111. Editor(s): Max Engel, Jessica Pilarczyk, Simon Matthias May, Dominik Brill, Ed Garrett. Book: Geological Records of Tsunamis and Other Extreme Waves. Published by Elsevier. ISBN 9780128156865. DOI: LINK

·          2019         Freitas, M.C., Cascalho, J., Costa, P.J.M., Inácio, M., Leira, M., Lira, C.P., Silva, A.N. and Taborda, R. (2019). MEC2019 - 5ª Conferência sobre Morfodinâmica Estuarina e Costeira – Livro de Resumos. 107 páginas. ISBN: 978-989-20-9612-4 LINK

·          2017         Costa, P.J.M., and Andrade, C. (2017). 5th International Tsunami Field Symposium - Field Guide. 97 pages. ISBN: 978-989-20-7817-5_2 LINK

·          2017         Costa, P.J.M., Andrade, C. and Freitas, M.C. - Editors - (2017). 5th International Tsunami Field Symposium - Volume of Abstracts. 131 pp. LINK

·          2016         Costa, P.J.M., Oliveira, M. A., González-Villanueva, R., Andrade, C. and Freitas, M. C., (2016). Imprints of the AD 1755 Tsunami in Algarve (South Portugal) Lowlands and Post-impact Recovery. In: V. Santiago-Fandiño, H. Tanaka, M. Spiske (Eds.), Tsunamis and Earthquakes in Coastal Environments: Significance and Restoration. Springer International Publishing, 17-30. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-28528-3_2 LINK

·          2016         Andrade, C., Freitas, M. C., Oliveira, M. A. and Costa, P.J.M., (2016). On the sedimentological and historical evidences of seismic-triggered tsunamis on the Algarve coast of Portugal. Natural Hazards and Plate Tectonics. 29 pp. Edited by Duarte, J. Published by AGU/Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-05397-2. LINK

·          2014         Costa, P.J.M., Andrade, C. and Dawson, S., (2014). Geological recognition of onshore tsunami deposits. Series: Coastal Research Library, Vol. 8 Advances in Coastal and Marine Resources Environmental Management and Governance, 28 pp. Edited by Finkl, C. W., Makowski, Christopher Published by Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-06305-8_1 LINK

·          2013         Aarup, T., Baptista, M. A., Costa, P.J.M., Matias, L. M., Pires, P., Santini, M., Santoro, F., Soddu, P.L., (2013). Tsunami Preparedness Civil Protection - Good Practices Guide. 73 pp. Published by IOC/UNESCOLINK

·          2004         Leroy, S. A. G. C., Costa, P.J.M. (2004). Volume of abstracts and field guide - ICSU Dark Nature - IGCP 490. Mauritania January 2004- 1st joint meeting. Mauritania. 173 pp. LINK


Other pedagogical ans scientific activities

• Supervisor of 20 BSc dissertation and supervision of 16 MSc, 4 PhD thesis and 5 post-doctoral

• Coordinator of the Computational Geosciences Lab

• Member of Editoriaal Board of Sedimentary Geology, Geosciences and Frontiers

• Evaluator of R&D projects for different institutions in France, Estonia, Poland, Brazil, Chile

•  2021-to present – Member of the Scientific Comission (Departamento de Ciências da Terra, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Coimbra).

• 2019-to present - Co-coordinator of MSc program in Dinâmicas Sociais, Riscos Naturais e Tecnológicos (Univ. Coimbra)

• 2019-to present - Ocasional Lecturer in BSc, MSc and PhD programs of different Universities in Portugal, Brazil, Germany, Poland, Angola, United Kingdom.

• 2019-to present – Lecturer\Professor of Geologia Geral, Cartografia Geológica I, Geomatemática and Cartografia Geológica II (BSc in Geology), Análise e Gestão de Riscos Naturais, Fatores e Análise do Risco and Métodos de Apoio à Decisão em Ciências do Risco (MSc in Social Dynamics, Natural anda Technological Risks), Geologia Geral (MSc in Environmental Engeneering) from the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra.

•  2017-2019 – Member of the Scientific Committee (Departamento de Geologia, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa)