Laura Cagigal



I studied my degree in Civil Engineering and my MsC in Coast and Port Engineering at the University of Cantabria (Spain). My master research was focused on developing an empirical model for studying the wind waves generated by tropical cyclones. After being involved for almost two years in different projects about coastal hazards and climate change at University of Cantabria, I moved to New Zealand to start my PhD.


My PhD research entitled "On the use of statistical downscaling for the use of Coastal Hazards in the Pacific" focuses on the obtention of the coastal hydrodynamics needed to drive coastal hazards. 



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  •  Cagigal, L., Rueda, A., Castanedo, S., Cid, A., Perez, J., Stephens, S., Coco, G., Mendez, F. J.  Historical and future storm surge around New Zealand: From the 19th century to the end of the 21st century. Int J Climatol.  2019; 1– 14.

  •  Montaño, J., Coco, G., Antolínez, J.A.A. , Beuzen, T., Bryan, K., Cagigal, L., Castelle, B., Davidson, M., et al. Blind testing of shoreline evolution models. Sci Rep 10, 2137 (2020). 

  •  Anderson, D., Rueda, A., Cagigal, L., Antolinez, J. A. A., Mendez, F. J., & Ruggiero, P. ( 2019). Time‐varying emulator for short and long‐term analysis of coastal flood hazard potential. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 124. 

  • Rueda, A., Cagigal, L.,  Pearson, S., Antolinez, J.A.A., Storlazzi, C., Camus, P., Mendez, F. J.  HyCReWW: A Hybrid Coral Reef Wave and Water level Metamodel, Computers & Geosciences, Volume 127, 2019, Pages 85-90, ISSN 0098-3004,

  • Rueda, A., Cagigal, L., Antolínez, J.A.A, Alburquerque, J.C., Castanedo, S., Coco, G., Mendez, F. J.  Marine climate variability based on weather patterns for a complicated island setting: The New Zealand case. Int J Climatol. 2018 ; 1–10.

  • Anderson, D., Ruggiero, P., Mendez, F.,  Rueda, A.,  Antolinez, J., Cagigal, L.,  Storlazzi, C., Barnard, P., & Marra, J. (2018). Time-varying emulator for short and long term analysis of coastal flooding (TESLA-Flood). C.E. Proceedings,

  •  Mendez, F. J., A. Rueda, L. Cagigal, and J. A. A. Antolinez. 2017. “Preliminary Assessment of TC-induced Coastal Flooding in Fiji.: Report prepared for the Fiji Climate Vulnerability Study