Marta Argemi Cierco

  • PhD candidate

School of Geographical and Earth Sciences & School of Egineering, University of Glasgow

Room 303, East Quadrangle


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Research title: Nature based coastal protection: a predictive model for marsh ecosystem services

Research Summary

Research summary

Nature based coastal protection: A predictive model for marsh ecosystem services

There is substantial evidence nowadays that transitional coastal ecosystems such as salt marshes can provide a valuable protection function by attenuating waves, reducing storm surge propagation and stabilising bed by retaining sediments. The commitment in applying nature-based solutions in combination with traditional engineering defences is now increasing mainly because of the need of promoting adaptive measures to face the expected sea level rise and increasing storminess due to climate change.

However, salt marshes are dynamic ecosystems that experience cyclic alternations between expansion and a retreat phases. These state shifts might question the suitability of such ecosystems in providing an effective protection, being, hence, the main constraint for its application as nature-based solutions. These dynamics are driven by complex biogeomorphic interactions between the physical environment and the vegetation, which are still difficult to predict.

Within this framework, the main purpose of the research is to generate new understanding of lateral salt marsh dynamics to ultimately provide coastal managers a tool to quantify and predict short-term changes in vegetation cover.

This interdisciplinary research project is conducted between the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences and the School of Engineering at University of Glasgow. 

Research interests

  • Transitional coastal ecosystems
  • Ecosystem services 
  • Nature-based coastal defence
  • Ecosystem-based management (EBM)
  • Salt marsh dynamics
  • Biogeophysical feedbacks 
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)


  • Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Scholarship 2017-2021
  • SAGES Small Grant Scheme funding 2018, awarded £220 for conference attendance 
  • SAGES Training Support Scheme (STSS) 2019, awarded £1000 


Poster Presentations

  • Argemi, M., Jiménez, J. Storm-induced risk assessment: Application to Costa Daurada (Catalan Coast, NW Mediterranean). 25th Coastal Ecology Workshop (CEW), Zeeland, The Netherlands. October 23-27th, 2017

Oral Presentations

  • Argemi, M., Balke, T. The effect of mechanical stimulation on plant traits expressions: a common response across biogeomorphic ecosystems? 26th Coastal Ecology Workshop (CEW), Betws-Y-Coed, North Wales. November 26-30th, 2018


  • Geography L2 Sediment Labs - Demonstrator
  • Geography L1 Labs - Demonstrator

Additional Information


MASTS (Marine Alliance for Sciences and Technology for Scotland)

SAGES (Scottish Alliance for Geosciences, Environment and Society)

Academic background 

  • MSc Environmental Management of Water Systems, University of Cantabria in collaboration with the Environmental Hydraulics Institute "IH Cantabria" (Santander, Cantabria, Spain)
  • Marine Science Degree, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain)