Giovanni Coco

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Associate Professor


The scientific activity of Giovanni Coco is mainly related to coastal oceanography, hazards and interactions between physical and biological processes. The approach is primarily based on Complex System Science and involves a mix of numerical modeling with field and laboratory observations.  More recently, he has focused on nonlinear techniques for data analysis (genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks) applying them to a variety of bio-geophysical problems. He has been PI in projects funded by national organizations in the USA, New Zealand and Spain.


  • Riley Memorial Lecture, Dalhousie University, Canada, 2013

  • Augusto Gonzales Linarez Excellence Fellowship, Spain, 2013

  • Honorary Lecturship, University of Waikato

Areas of expertise

Geomorphology, Physical Oceanography, Coastal and Estuarine processes, Complexity and Pattern Formation, Machine Learning

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Editor of Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, AGU
  • Scientific Committee of River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics
  • Steering Committee of the International Symposium of Rip Currents
  • Executive Committee of the Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Focus Group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Goldstein, E. B., & Coco, G. (2014). A machine learning approach for the prediction of settling velocity. Water Resources Research, 50 (4), 3595-3601. 10.1002/2013WR015116
  • Zhou, Z., Olabarrieta, M., Stefanon, L., D'Alpaos A, Carniello, L., & Coco, G. (2014). A comparative study of physical and numerical modeling of tidal network ontogeny. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 119 (4), 892-912. 10.1002/2014JF003092
  • Green, M. O., & Coco, G. (2014). Review of wave-driven sediment resuspension and transport in estuaries. Reviews of Geophysics, 52 (1), 77-117. 10.1002/2013RG000437
  • Coco, G., Senechal, N., Rejas, A., Bryan, K. R., Capo, S., Parisot, J. P., ... MacMahan, J. H. M. (2014). Beach response to a sequence of extreme storms. Geomorphology, 204, 493-501. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.08.028