Andrew Cooper


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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1986 …2024

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD (Geology), University of Natal

Award Date: 1 Dec 1991

Master, MSc, University of Natal

Award Date: 1 Dec 1987

Bachelor, BSc Geology, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 30 Jun 1985

External positions

Coastal Specialist, Natural Environment Advisory Group, National Trust

3 Mar 2020 → …

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, Climate NI

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

Chair, Northern Ireland Coastal and Marine Forum



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


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