• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 3866 Citations
  • 33 h-Index
1986 …2019
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Personal profile


I am a geomorphologist with research interests in coastal landforms and morphological behaviour at timescales ranging from seasons to millennia.  I also apply that understanding to the practicalities of coastal management, especially in the area of climate change adaptation.

I use field mapping, coring, seismic stratigraphy, ground-penetrating radar and historical records (maps and air photos) to assess the record of coastal change and am interested in the role of secular changes in climate and sea level, as well as episodic changes (storms and tsunami) as drivers of change.  I have a particular interest in the role of geological parameters as constraints on coastal behaviour.

Education/Academic qualification



Bachelor, Queen's University Belfast

External positions

Honorary Research Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal

1 May 201830 Apr 2021

CNPQ Special Visiting Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

9 Feb 20179 Nov 2017

Climate NI Steering Group

2014 → …

CNPQ Special Visiting Professor, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

20 Feb 201320 Feb 2016

Visiting Fellow Climate Change Adaptation Programme, Griffith University Queensland

Feb 2010Mar 2010

Research Fellow, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University


Sir Alan Sewell Visiting Scholar, Griffith University Queensland

Jul 2008Aug 2008




  • QE Geology
  • Marine and coastal geology
  • GB Physical geography
  • coastal geomorphology
  • G Geography (General)
  • coastal management, climate change adaptation

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Research Output 1986 2019

A global ‘greening’ of coastal dunes: An integrated consequence of climate change?

Jackson, DWT., Costas, S., González-Villanueva, R. & Cooper, A., 29 Aug 2019, In : Global and Planetary Change. 182, p. 1-9 9 p., 103026.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
climate change
vegetation cover
1 Citation (Scopus)

Geological inheritance and its role in the geomorphological and sedimentological evolution of bedrock-hosted incised valleys, lake St Lucia, South Africa

Dladla, N., Green, A., Cooper, A. & Humphries, M., 30 Jun 2019, 222, p. 154-167 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Saint Lucia
incised valley
South Africa

Geomorphology and clast assemblages of intertidal beachrock: Implications for submerged shoreline preservation

Cooper, A., Green, A. N., Vital, H. & Lima-Filho, F. P., 9 Jul 2019, 343, p. 106-118 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Holocene evolution of Patos Lagoon, Brazil: The role of antecedent topography

Bortolin, E. C., Weschenfelder, J. & Cooper, A., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Coastal Research. 35, 2, p. 357-368

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

incised valley
tidal inlet

Late Quaternary sea-level change and evolution of Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland: new offshore evidence and implications for sea-level reconstruction

Plets, R., Callard, L., Cooper, A., Kelley, J. T., Belknap, D., Edwards, R., Long, A., Quinn, R. & Jackson, DWT., 28 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Quaternary Science. 34, 4-5, p. 285-298 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

sea level change
sea level
Northern Ireland

Press / Media

High-rises spell the end for Florida beaches

Orrin Pilkey & Andrew Cooper


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment