2009PhD, Coastal Oceanography
Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Thesis: Mathematical modeling of the physical processes of sediments that enter the marine environment from natural or anthropogenic, point or distributed sources
Advisor: Prof. Yannis N. Krestenitis
2002M.Sc, Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development
Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Dissertation: Sandy Beaches’ Management, Advisor: Prof. Christoforos G. Koutitas
2001MEng in Civil Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Dissertation: Erosion Protection of Coastal Areas with the Use of a Drainage System in the Surf Zone, Advisor: Prof. Christoforos G. Koutitas

Postdoctoral research

Sept 2016 to presentPostdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Algarve, in projects:
‘ENLACE – Exploring New approaches to simuLAte long-term Coastal Evolution’,
Objective: Model long-term (years to decades) morphodynamic evolution of sandy coasts, integrating marine and aeolian processes.
‘EVREST – Evolution and Resilience of barrier island systems’,
Objective: Identify barrier resilience mechanisms, quantify timescales of environmental change and evaluate scenarios of barrier evolution in the Ria Formosa barrier island system.
Apr 2013 to Aug 2016Research Associate, Laboratory of Maritime Engineering and Maritime Works, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Related research projects: WaveForUsCCSEAWAVSISLA
Mar 2012 to Mar 2013Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Coastal Environment Dynamics & Laboratory of Environmental Resources of Arcachon, IFREMER: ‘Development of a coupled modelling system for sediment and ecosystem dynamics: investigation of the dynamics of Zostera noltii meadows in a tidal lagoon (Arcachon Basin, France)’,
Objective: Coupling of sediment dynamics’ and ecosystem models to investigate the impacts of extreme hydro-meteorological conditions on sea-grass dynamics of the Arcachon Basin.
Feb 2011 to Jan 2012Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, ‘Development of a Coupled Ocean And Sediment Transport (COAST) model – Application in the Northern Aegean Sea’, Scholarship: Greek State Scholarships’ Foundation
Objective: Development of mathematical model for the coupled solution and prognosis of hydrodynamic circulation and sediment transport in the marine environment.

Participation in research projects

01/19-present‘ENLACE – Exploring New approaches to simuLAte long-term Coastal Evolution’, Contribution: modelling coastal sediment transport and interactions between aeolian and marine processes.
09/16-12/18‘EVREST – Evolution and Resilience of barrier island systems’, Contribution: Analysis of barrier multidecadal evolution from remotely sensed data, assessment of evolution regimes and drivers and of barrier resilience mechanisms and indicators.
05/14-06/15‘WaveForUs: Wave climate and coastal circulation forecasts For public Use’, Contribution: Development of a sea-state forecasting system for the Thermaikos Gulf
01/13-06/15‘ISLA: physical and economic Impacts of Sea Level changes on the island beaches of the Aegean archipelago, Contribution: Construction/application of coastline change models
03/13-04/14‘CCSEAWAVS: effect of Climate Change on SEA level and WAVe climate of greek Seas, on the vulnerability of coastal areas and the safety marine and coastal structures’, Contribution: Development, calibration and validation of a storm surge model for the prediction of SLH variability for the period of 1951-2100 in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas.
10/09-09/10‘Investigation of the water-mass exchanges between Thermaikos and Toroneos through the Potidea channel – Ecological and physicochemical parameters’, Contribution: Field measurements and processing of oceanographic parameters in the Potidea channel.
05/08-07/08‘Application services of the surficial waters monitoring methodology in the Strimonas River catchment’, Contribution: Conducting and processing oceanographic parameters’ measurements in the outflows of Strymonas River
02/08-06/08‘ECOOP: European COastal sea OPerational observing and forecasting system’, Contribution: Operational application advection-dispersion mathematical model of fine sediment, originating from point and distributed sources in the Thermaikos Gulf and the North Aegean Sea.
10/06-12/07‘Thermaikos 2006: Physical oceanography study for the gulf of Thessaloniki’, Contribution: Monitoring the physical parameters of the Thermaikos Gulf. Conducting and processing monthly measurements of physical parameters in the gulf.
03/06-01/07‘Physical oceanography measurements in the bay of Aliveri’, Contribution: Measurement, processing and analysis of oceanographic parameters in the Aliveri bay (S. Evoikos gulf).
04/06-06/06‘International activities for the sustainability of the environment of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea’, Contribution: Recording and analysis of research programs for the marine environment of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
11/04-12/07‘PYTHAGORAS (Environment): The effect of Benthic Ascidians to the distribution of particulate matter in the marine environment’, Contribution: Mathematical modeling of the pelagic-benthic exchanges of suspended matter – Investigation of the applicability of benthic ascidians as biological filters.
06/04-06/05‘Thermaikos 2004: Physical oceanography study for the gulf of Thessaloniki’, Contribution: Monitoring the physical parameters of the Thermaikos Gulf. Conducting and processing monthly measurements of physical parameters in the gulf.
10/03-11/05‘Mediterranean Forecasting System Toward Environmental Predictions (MFSTEP)’, Contribution: Development of a mathematical model for the advection and dispersion of fine-grained sedimentary matter in the marine area for the prognosis of the transport of river-borne and aeolian transported matter in the Thermaikos gulf.


  1. Carrasco, A.R., Kombiadou, K., Amado, M., Matias, A., 2021. Past and future marsh adaptation: lessons learned from the Ria Formosa lagoon. Science of the Total Environment, 148082. link
  2. Kombiadou, K., Costas, S., Roelvink, D., 2021. Simulating Destructive and Constructive Morphodynamic Processes in Steep Beaches. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 9(1):86. link
  3. Costas, S., Bom de Sousa, L., Kombiadou, K., Ferreira, Ó., Plomaritis, T.A., 2020. Exploring foredune growth capacity in a coarse sandy beach. Geomorphology 107435. link
  4. Kombiadou, K., Matias, A., Costas, S., Rita Carrasco, A., Plomaritis, T. A., Ferreira, Ó., 2020. Barrier island resilience assessment: Applying the ecological principles to geomorphological data. CATENA, 194, 104755. link
  5. Konstantinou, Z.I., Kombiadou, K., 2020. Rethinking suspended mussel-farming modelling: Combining hydrodynamic and bio-economic models to support integrated aquaculture management. Aquaculture, DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735179. link
  6. Herrero, X., Costas, S., Kombiadou, K., 2020. Coastal ridge constructive processes at a multi‐decadal scale in Barreta Island (Southern Portugal). Earth Processes and Landforms, 45(2), pp.411-423 link
  7. Kombiadou, K., Costas, S., Carrasco, A.R., Plomaritis, T.A., Ferreira, Ó., Matias, A., 2019. Bridging the gap between resilience and geomorphology of complex coastal systems. Earth-Science Reviews, 198, 102934, DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.102934. link
  8. Kombiadou, K., Matias, A., Ferreira, Ó., Carrasco, A.R., Costas, S., Plomaritis, T. (2019). Impacts of human interventions on the evolution of the Ria Formosa barrier island system (S. Portugal). Geomorphology, 343, 129-144. link
  9. Kombiadou, K., Matias, A., Carrasco, R., Ferreira, Ó., Costas, S. and Vieira, G. (2018). Towards Assessing the Resilience of Complex Coastal Systems: Examples from Ria Formosa (South Portugal). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 85, pp. 646–650 link
  10. Makris, C., Galiatsatou, P., Tolika, K., Anagnostopoulou, C., Kombiadou, K., Prinos, P., … Rusu, E. (2016). Climate change effects on the marine characteristics of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Ocean Dynamics, 66(12), 1603–1635. link
  11. Androulidakis, Y. S., Kombiadou, K. D., Makris, C. V., Baltikas, V. N., & Krestenitis, Y. N. (2015). Storm surges in the Mediterranean Sea: Variability and trends under future climatic conditions. Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, 71, 56–82. link
  12. Konstantinou, Z. I., Kombiadou, K., & Krestenitis, Y. N. (2015). Effective mussel-farming governance in Greece: Testing the guidelines through models, to evaluate sustainable management alternatives. Ocean & Coastal Management, 118B, 247–258. link
  13. Kombiadou, K., Ganthy, F., Verney, R., Plus, M., & Sottolichio, A. (2014). Modelling the effects of Zostera noltei meadows on sediment dynamics: application to the Arcachon lagoon. Ocean Dynamics, 64(10), 1499–1516. link
  14. Ekaterina Trifonova, Nikolay Valchev, …, Katerina Kombiadou, …, Sergey Kuznetsov and Yana Saprykina (2014). Mitigating Flood and Erosion Risk using Sediment Management for a Tourist City: Varna, Bulgaria. In: Zanuttigh B., Nicholls R.J., Vanderlinden J.-P., Thompson R.C. & Burcharth H.F. (Eds.), Coastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate (Chapter 7: Case Studies Worldwide).  Butterworth-Heinemann. pp.358-383 link
  15. Katerina Kombiadou & Yannis N. Krestenitis (2013). Modelling Cohesive Sediment Dynamics in the Marine Environment. In A. Manning (Ed.), Sediment Transport Processes and Their Modelling Applications. InTech. link
  16. Kombiadou, K., & Krestenitis, Y. N. (2012). Fine sediment transport model for river influenced microtidal shelf seas with application to the Thermaikos Gulf (NW Aegean Sea). Continental Shelf Research, 36, 41–62. link
  17. Krestenitis, Y. N., Kombiadou, K. D., & Androulidakis, Y. S. (2012). Interannual variability of the physical characteristics of North Thermaikos Gulf (NW Aegean Sea). Journal of Marine Systems, 96–97, 132–151. link
  18. Kombiadou, K., & Krestenitis, Y. Ν. (2011). Simulating the fate of mechanically eroded masses in the Thermaikos Gulf. Continental Shelf Research, 31(7), 817–831. link
  19. Kombiadou, K. D., Krestenitis, Y. N., Antoniadou, C., & Chintiroglou, C. (2010). Mathematical Investigation of the Applicability of Benthic Ascidians as Biological Filters in Coastal Areas. Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering, 9(2), 85–97.  link
  20. Krestenitis, Y. N., Kombiadou, K. D., & Savvidis, Y. G. (2007). Modelling the cohesive sediment transport in the marine environment: the case of Thermaikos Gulf. Ocean Science, 3(1), 91–104. link