Andres Payo Garcia

Dr Andres Payo Garcia

Coastal geomorphologist
BGS Keyworth


Dr Andres Payo is a Coastal Geomorphologist at the British Geological Survey. Andres is an internationally recognised coastal geoscientist who specialises in quantitative geomorphology applied to coastal protection against flooding and coastal erosion at decadal and longer time scales. Using systems of systems approach, he is interested on the use of long–term analytical capacity to avoid maladaptation of long–lived infrastructure systems. In collaboration with academic and non–academic partners, Andres has developed a number of quantitative tools that support coastal stakeholder spatial planning. For example, his system approach to soil salinization in low–lying agricultural areas is now being used by the government of Bangladesh to explore different interventions for poverty alleviation. He has contributed to the sediment transport module of the Cross Shore model used by the USA Army Corp of Engineers to assess the beach/dune change during storm conditions and posterior recovery. He is the lead developer of the Coastal Modelling Environment (CoastalME) software that incorporate sub-bottom properties and high detailed digital terrain models to assess the risk of coastal flooding and coastal erosion over decades to centuries time scales. He is engaged in, and open to, collaborations with top quality academic institutions, consultants and government agencies in UK and abroad

Andres Payo Garcia’s Biography

  • 2016 – ongoing : Coastal Geomorphologist & system modeller
  • 2015 –2016 : PDRA Southampton University, ESPA-Deltas & DECCMA projects
  • 2012 –2015 : PDRA Oxford University, NERC-iCOAST
  • 2008 –2012 : Senior Coastal Engineer and Principal investigator, Met-ocean consultant
  • 2007 –2008 : PDRA Kumamoto University, Japan
  • 2005 –2007 : Fulbright Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Coastal Research, Delaware USA
  • 2001 –2005 : PhD (Hons) Granada University, Modelling Decadal Coastal Morphodynamics
  • 1999 –2001 : MSc (Hons) Granada University, Reliability and Risk on Civil Engineering
  • 1995 –1999 : BSc, Cadiz University, Marine Sciences

Research interests

  • Decadal coastal morphodynamics in the Anthropocene
  • Coastal flooding and coastal erosion
  • Nearshore processes
  • Soil salinization on agricultural coastal areas

Current projects and collaborations


  • Payo, A, Walkden, M, Ellis, M, Barkwith, A, Favis-Mortlock, D, Kessler, H, and Lee, J. 2018. A quantitative assessment of the annual contribution of platform downwearing to beach sediment budget: Happisburgh, England, UK. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 6(4), 113.
  • Payo, A G, Jigena, B A, Hurst, M, Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M, Williams, C, Jenkins, G, Ellis, M A, et al. 2018. Development of an automatic delineation of cliff top and toe on very irregular planform coastlines (CliffMetrics v1. 0). Geoscientific Model Development, 11(10), 4317-4337.
  • Payo, A, Favis-Mortlock, D, Dickson, M, Hall, J W, Hurst, M D, Walkden, M J A, Townend, I, et al. 2017. “Coastal Modelling Environment Version 1.0: A framework for Integrating Landform-Specific Component Models in Order to Simulate Decadal to Centennial Morphological Changes on Complex Coasts.” Geosci. Model Dev. 10, no. 7: 2715-40.
  • Payo, A, Lázár, A N, Clarke, D, Nicholls, R J, Bricheno, L, Mashfiqus, S, and Haque, A. 2017. Modeling daily soil salinity dynamics in response to agricultural and environmental changes in coastal Bangladesh. Earth’s Future. doi:10.1002/2016EF000530
  • French, J, Payo, A, Murray, B, Orford, J, Eliot, M, and Cowell, P. 2016. Appropriate complexity for the prediction of coastal and estuarine geomorphic behaviour at decadal to centennial scales: Geomorphology, v. 256, p. 3-16.
  • Payo, A, Becker, P, Otto, A, Vervoort, J, and Kingsborough, A. 2016. Experiential Lock-In: Characterizing Avoidable Maladaptation in Infrastructure Systems: Journal of Infrastructure Systems, v. 22, no. 1, p. 02515001
  • Payo, A, Hall, J W, French, J, Sutherland, J, van Maanen, B, Nicholls, R J, and Reeve, D E. 2016. Causal Loop Analysis of coastal geomorphological systems: Geomorphology, v. 256, p. 36-48.
  • Payo, A, Mukhopadhyay, A, Hazra, S, Ghosh, T, Ghosh, S, Brown, S, Nicholls, R J, Bricheno, L, Wolf, J, Kay, S, Lázár, A N, and Haque, A. 2016. Projected changes in area of the Sundarban mangrove forest in Bangladesh due to SLR by 2100: Climatic Change, p. 1-13.
  • Pérez, B, Payo, A, López, D, Woodworth, P L, and Alvarez Fanjul, E. 2014. Overlapping sea level time series measured using different technologies: an example from the REDMAR Spanish network: Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., v. 14, no. 3, p. 589-610.
  • Becker, P, and Payo, A. 2013. Changing the Paradigm: A Requisite for Safe and Sustainable Coastal Societies: Journal of Geography & Natural Disasters, v. S1, p. 2.
  • Payo, A, Baquerizo, A, and Losada, M. 2008. Uncertainty assessment: Application to the shoreline: Journal of Hydraulic Research, v. 46, no. 1, p. 96-104.

Published outputs



  • Coastal morphodynamics analysis
  • Modelling decadal coastal morphodynamics
  • Nearshore field work (design, implementation, QAQC, analysis, reporting)
  • Nearshore sediment transport fluxes analysis
  • Operational oceanography (real time data acquisition, early warning system, sea level continuous monitoring)
  • Modelling coastal morphology change during storm events



Professional associations

  • British Society for Geomorphology


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