Dr Michela De Dominicis

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Marine Systems Modelling
micdom at noc.ac.uk
+44 (0)151 795 4914



Dr. Michela De Dominicis is a Senior Scientist in the NOC’s Marine System Modelling Group. She is a physical oceanographer with a 10+ years expertise in marine numerical modelling (hydrodynamic, wave and Lagrangian models). Her broad research interest concerns how the ocean system interacts with external factors, such as direct human intervention. The latter includes “what-if” scenarios to investigate for example the impact of large arrays of offshore renewable energy devices, as well as the response of coastal areas to extreme weather and sea level rise. Her work has application for ocean renewable energy and for potential impacts of climate change, marine pollution and coastal hazards.

Her recent research focuses on the evaluation of potential impacts of very large tidal stream arrays and climate change, as part of the EcoWatt2050 project (2015-2017) and of the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub (2018-2021). She is now leading the Scottish Shelf Waters Reanalysis Service (2019-2020), a downstream service of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, that will provide a high-resolution description of the Scottish Waters physical marine environment of the past 25 years. She is also studying how the world’s largest urban area (the Pearl River Delta) will respond to extreme storms and sea level rise and if nature-based defences (mangroves) can be used as a coastal protection defence, as part of the ANCODE project (2018-2021). She has been involved in the modelling of storm surges, waves, and tides in the context of climate change for the SUCCESS project (2017) and for the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme. In the past, she has been involved in the development of forecasting systems for the management of oil pollution in the Mediterranean Sea in the PRIMI project (2007-2010) and as work package leader in the MEDESS4MS (2012-2015) and EMODNET MedSea (2014-2015) projects.

Full list of publications: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0544-7939