Dr Encarni Medina-Lopez

Chancellor's Fellow



+44(0)131 6505642


3.12 Alexander Graham Bell building

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment

Research Theme: 

  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Engineering
Dr Encarni Medina-Lopez
Dr Encarni Medina-Lopez


I am a Chancellor's Fellow in Data Driven Innovation. My research focuses on the use of remote sensing to tackle the water-energy-environment trilemma. At present, I am using satellite data, in situ measurements, and machine learning techniques to investigate processes modelling the coastal environment. I am also interested in studying the interaction of marine energy converters and the ocean, as well as the relationship between these, social and environmental factors, and the built environment. I hold a PhD in Energy Systems & Dynamics of Biogeochemical Flows (Universities of Edinburgh and Granada). With a background in Civil Engineering and Environmental Hydraulics, I have experience in experimental and analytical modelling, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and data analysis.

My story so far...

I started my studies in Ingenieria de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (MEng Civil & Environmental Engineering) at the University of Granada (Spain) in 2008. As a final degree project, I studied wave-structure interactions in a wave basin. In 2013 I started a MSc in Environmental Hydraulics, submitting a thesis on thermodynamic effects and experimental design for Wells turbines. I moved in 2014 to Oxford, where I worked as a Researcher in Coastal Structures at HR Wallingford. During that time, I developed my CFD skills, analysing the effect of storms in breakwaters and wave energy converters. In 2015 I was awarded a Talentia Fellowship to do a joint PhD at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the University of Granada. My PhD thesis studied the effect of humidity in wave energy performance from analytical and numerical perspectives.  From 2017, I worked at the University of Edinburgh as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine Energy. I studied the life cycle and techno-economics of marine energy converters, as well as the numerical modelling of ocean energy arrays. Moreover, I was a Work Package leader for a multi-million euro project from the European Commission focusing on the application of numerical tools for the optimisation of tidal energy farms. In September 2018, I was awarded a Chancellor's Fellowship in Data Driven Innovation by the University of Edinburgh. I am part of the management team for the EPSRC and NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Renewable Energy IDCORE.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • PhD Energy Systems & Dynamics of Biogeochemical Flows. University of Edinburgh and University of Granada (Spain), 2015 - 2017.
  • MSc Environmental Hydraulics. Universities of Granada, Malaga and Cordoba (Spain), 2013 - 2014.
  • MEng Civil & Environmental Engineering (Ingenieria de Caminos, Canales y Puertos). University of Granada (Spain), 2008 - 2013.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • IMarEST (Institute for Marine Engineering, Science & Technology). Student member.
  • MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland). Member of the Marine Energy Forum Steering Group.


  • Potable Water Design

Research Interests: 

  • Remote sensing for environmental applications.
  • Maritime and coastal engineering.
  • Marine Renewable Energy.
  • Hydraulics, Thermodynamics and CFD.
  • Civil Engineering.


  • Ocean and Coastal Engineering.
  • Environmental Hydraulics.
  • Wave Energy.
  • CFD.
  • Thermodynamics.

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The team

  • Dr Simone Zen, Postdoctoral Researcher. Topics:

    • Assessment of the Omo river and delta using satellite data. 2019. 

    • Supergen ORE funded project: Satellite Climate Observation for Offshore Renewable Energy Cost Reduction (SCORE). 2020.

  • Mr James Harding, PhD student. Topic: Satellite remote sensing and data driven models of surface water quality parameters in Scotland. 2018 - 2021.

  • Ms Emma McAllister, PhD student. Topic: High-resolution satellite remote sensing of the coastal morphology. 2019-2022.

  • Mr Marcin Filinger, BEng Civil Engineering student. Topic: Flood risk assessment in Scotland using satellite data and numerical models. 2019-2020.

  • Mr Simone Speltoni, Visiting student. Topic: Modelling the interaction between marine energy converters and the coast (Collaboration with the University of Trento, Italy). 2019.