Giovanni Coco


 I obtained a PhD with a thesis on nearshore morphodynamics at the University of Plymouth (UK). After 3 years at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (USA) and 8 years at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NZ), in 2011 I joined the University of Cantabria (Spain) with an Excellence fellowship. In 2015 I returned to New Zealand at the University of Auckland where I am currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science. 

My research focuses on coastal processes using a variety of approaches that include numerical and data-driven modeling informed by field and laboratory observations. I currently work on projects dealing the hydro- and morphodynamics of the swash and surf zone, inner shelf, tidal inlets and estuaries under climatic changes. 


Phone: +64 9 923 8367


Recent Publications


  • Senechal, N., Coco, G., Plant, N., Bryan, K., Brown, J., and MacMahan, J., 2018, Field Observations of alongshore runup variability under dissipative conditions in presence of a shoreline sandwave, Journal of Geophysical Research, 123, doi:10.1029/2018JC014109.

  • Bertin, X., de Bakker, A., van Dongeren, A., Coco, G., André, G., Ardhuin, F., Bonneton, P., Bouchette, F., Castelle, B., Crawford, W.C. and Davidson, M., Deeni, M., Dodet, G., Guérin, T., Inch, K., Lecklere, F., McCall, R., Mullerj, H., Olabarrieta, M., Roelvink, D., Ruessink, G., Sous, D., Stutzmann, E., Tissier, M., 2018. Infragravity waves: from driving mechanisms to impacts. Earth-Science Reviews,

  • Tinoco, R., and Coco, G., 2018, Turbulence as the main driver of resuspension in oscillatory flow through vegetation, Journal of Geophysical Research, in press.

  • Zhou, Z., Coco, G., Townend, I., Gong, Z., Wang, Z., Zhang, C., 2018, On the stability relationships between tidal asymmetry and morphologies of tidal basins and estuaries, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, DOI: 10.1002/esp.436.

  • Gong, Z, Zhao, K., Zhang, C., Dai, W., Coco, G., Zhou, Z., 2018, The role of bank collapse on tidal creek ontogeny: A novel process-based model for bank retreat, 2018, Geomorphology, 311, 13-26.

  • Passarella, M, Goldstein, E.B., De Muro, S. and Coco, G., 2018, The use of genetic programming to develop a predictor of swash excursion on sandy beaches, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 18(2), 599-611.

  • Passerella, M., De Muro, S., Ruju, A., Coco, G., 2018, An assessment of swash excursion predictors using field observations, Journal of Coastal Research, 85, 1036-1040.

  • Zhou, Z., Chen, L., Coco, G., Townend, I., Friedrichs, C., Zhang, C., 2018, Revisiting the Relationship between Tidal Asymmetry and Basin Morphology: A Comparison between 1D and 2D Model, Journal of Coastal Research, 85, 151-155.

  • Jin, C., Gong, Z., Geng, L., Zhao, K., Xu, B., and Coco, G., 2018, Observations of Surface and Subsurface Processes on a Saltmarsh in the Central Jiangsu Coast (China), Journal of Coastal Research, 85, 11-15.