PhD in Geology
Assistant Professor University of Lisbon
Scientific Interests: Coastal Dynamics / Hazards

Senior researcher in coastal and marine geology. Experience in sediment transport modeling, computational methods in geology, sea level changes and geographic information systems. Research application areas include sustainable coastal management, specifically to improve risk reduction measures and coastal interventions.
Professional experience in coordination of R&D and consultancy projects.
Lecturing and coordination of graduate and post-graduate courses, MSc and PhD student supervision in the fields of beach processes and morphology, coastal geomorphology, morphodynamics and evolution and Geographic Information Systems



Bosnic I., Cascalho J., Taborda R., Drago T., Rosa M., Dias J. & Garel E. (2017) – Nearshore sediment transport: Coupling sand tracer dynamics with oceanographic forcing.  Marine Geology, 385, 293-303. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2017.02.004

Carapuço, M. M., Taborda, R., Silveira, T. M., & Andrade, C. (2017). Upstream public engagement on coastal issues: Audience response to a science-based exhibition. Ocean & Coastal Management, 144, 83-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.04.008

Alcántara-Carrió, J., Sasaki, D. K., Mahiques, M. M., Taborda, R., & De Souza, L. A. (2017). Sedimentary constraints on the development of a narrow deep strait (São Sebastião Channel, SE Brazil). Geo-Marine Letters. doi:10.1007/s00367-017-0495-5

BarrioParra, F., Rodríguez-Santalla, I., Taborda, R., & Ribeiro, M. (2017). A Modeling Approach to Assess the Key Factors in the Evolution of Coastal Systems: the Ebro North Hemidelta Case. Estuaries and Coasts. doi:10.1007/s12237-016-0183-0

Silveira, T.M., Taborda, R., Carapuço, M.M., Andrade, C., Freitas, M.C., Duarte, J. & Psuty, N.P.  (2016) – Assessing the extreme overwash regime along an embayed urban beach. Geomorphology, 274, pp. 64–77.

Lira, C., Silva, A., Taborda, R., & Andrade, C.(2016). Coastline evolution of Portuguese low-lying sandy coast in the last 50 years: an integrated approach. Earth System Science Data, 8, 265-278, 2016. doi:10.5194/essd-8-265-2016

Moreno, J., Fatela, F., Moreno, F., Leorri, E., Taborda, R., & Trigo, R. (2016). Grape harvest dates as indicator of spring-summer mean maxima temperature variations in the Minho region (NW of Portugal) since the 19th century. Global and Planetary Change, 141, 39-53. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.04.003

Carapuço, M. M., Taborda, R., Silveira, T. M., Psuty, N. P., Andrade, C., & Freitas, M. C. (2016). Coastal geoindicators: Towards the establishment of a common framework for sandy coastal environments. Earth-Science Reviews, 154, 183-190. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.01.002

Taborda, R., & Ribeiro, M. A. (2015). A simple model to estimate the impact of sea-level rise on platform beaches. Geomorphology, 234, 204-210. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.01.015

Guerreiro, M., Fortunato, A. B., Freire, P., Rilo, A., Taborda, R., Freitas, M. C., Andrade, C., Silva, T., Rodrigues, M., Bertin, X., Azevedo, A. (2015). Evolution of the hydrodynamics of the Tagus estuary (Portugal) in the 21st century. Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada, 15, 65-80. DOI:10.5894/rgci515

Balsinha, M., Fernandes, C., Oliveira, A., Rodrigues, A., & Taborda, R. (2014). Sediment transport patterns on the Estremadura Spur continental shelf: Insights from grain-size trend analysis. Journal of Sea Research, 93, 28-32. doi:10.1016/j.seares.2014.04.001

Marques, F. O., Mandal, N., Taborda, R., Antunes, J. V., & Bose, S. (2014). The behaviour of deformable and non-deformable inclusions in viscous flow. Earth-Science Reviews, 134, 16-69. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.03.007

Rilo, A.; Freire, P.; Mendes, R., Ceia, R., Catalão, J., Taborda, R., Melo, R., Freitas, M. & Fortunato, A. (2014). Methodological framework for the definition and demarcation of the highest astronomical tide line in estuaries: the case of Tagus Estuary (Portugal). Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada, 14 (1), 95-107. doi: 10.5894/rgci450.

Silva, A. M., & Taborda, R. P. (2013). Integration of beach hydrodynamic and morphodynamic modelling in a GIS environment. J Coast Conserv, 17(2), 201-210. doi:10.1007/s11852-012-0212-5

Lopes, V., Freitas, M., Andrade, C., Taborda, R., Ramos, R., & Oliveira, M. A. (2013). A GIS-assisted reconstruction of the Holocene transgressive paleosurface of Pederneira lowland (W Portugal). Journal of Coastal Research, SI 65, 547-551. doi:10.2112/si65-093.1

Silva, T. A., Freitas, M. C., Andrade, C., Taborda, R., Freire, P., Schmidt, S., & Antunes, C. (2013). Geomorphological response of the salt-marshes in the Tagus estuary to sea level rise. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 65, 582-587. doi:10.2112/si65-099.1

Silveira, T. M., Carapuço, A. M., Sousa, H., Taborda, R., Psuty, N. P., Andrade, C., & Da Conceição Freitas, M. (2013). Optimizing beach topographical field surveys: matching the effort with the objectives. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 65, 588-593. doi:10.2112/si65-100.1

Rilo, A., Freire, P., Guerreiro, M., Fortunato, A. B., & Taborda, R. (2013). Estuarine margins vulnerability to floods for different sea level rise and human occupation scenarios. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 65, 820-825. doi:10.2112/si65-139.1

Silva, A. N., Taborda, R., Antunes, C., Catalão, J., & Duarte, J. (2013). Understanding the coastal variability at Norte beach, Portugal. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 65, 2173-2178. doi:10.2112/si65-367.1

Taborda, R., & Silva, A. (2012). COSMOS: A lightweight coastal video monitoring system. Computers & Geosciences, 49, 248-255. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2012.07.013

Silva, A. N., Taborda, R., Bertin, X., & Dodet, G. (2012). Seasonal to Decadal Variability of Longshore Sand Transport at the Northwest Coast of Portugal. J. Waterway, Port, Coastal, Ocean Eng, 138, 464-472. doi:10.1061/(asce)ww.1943-5460.0000152

Costa, P. J., Andrade, C., Dawson, A., Mahaney, W., Freitas, M., Paris, R., & Taborda, R. (2012). Microtextural characteristics of quartz grains transported and deposited by tsunamis and storms. Sedimentary Geology, 275-276, 55-69. doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2012.07.013

Costa, P. J., Andrade, C., Freitas, M. C., Oliveira, M. A., Silva, C. M., Omira, R., Taborda, R., Baptista, M. A., & Dawson, A. G. (2011). Boulder deposition during major tsunami events. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, 36(15), 2054-2068. doi:10.1002/esp.2228

Bezerra, M. M., Moura, D., Ferreira, Ó., & Taborda, R. (2011). Influence of Wave Action and Lithology on Sea Cliff Mass Movements in Central Algarve Coast, Portugal. Journal of Coastal Research, 27, 162-171. doi:10.2112/jcoastres-d-11-00004.1

Vousdoukas, M. I., Ferreira, P. M., Almeida, L. P., Dodet, G., Psaros, F., Andriolo, U., Taborda, R, Silva, A., Ruano, A., & Ferreira, Ó. M. (2011). Performance of intertidal topography video monitoring of a meso-tidal reflective beach in South Portugal. Ocean Dynamics, 61, 1521-1540. doi:10.1007/s10236-011-0440-5

Bezerra, M., Pacheco, A., Freitas, M. C., Pires, R., Andrade, C., & Taborda, R. (2011). Stages in the evolution of an ephemeral tidal inlet immediately after artificial opening. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 1453-1456.

Freire, P., Taborda, R., Bertin, X., Guerreiro, M., Fortunato, A. B., Silva, A. M., Andrade, C., Oliveira, A., Antunes, C., Freitas, M. C., Nahon, A., Rodrigues, M., & Bruneau, N. (2011). Medium-term morphodynamic evolution of a small coastal inlet. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 666-670.

Pires, A.R., Freitas, M.C., Andrade, C., Taborda, R., Ramos, R., Pacheco, A., Ferreira, Ó., Bezerra, M., & Cruces, A. (2011). Morphodynamics of an ephemeral tidal inlet during a life cycle (Santo André Lagoon, SW Portugal). Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 1565-1569.

Matildes, R., Almeida, I. M., Taborda, R., & Marques, F. (2011). The contribution of GeoSIS_Lx database and geoscientific information system to the reconstruction of Lisbon’s coastline. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 1702-1706.

Almeida, L. P., Ferreira, Ó., & Taborda, R. (2011). Geoprocessing tool to model beach erosion due to storms: application to Faro beach (Portugal). Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 1830-1834.

Oliveira, M. A., Andrade, C., Freitas, M. C., Costa, P., Taborda, R., Janardo, C., & Neves, R. (2011). Transport of large boulders quarried from shore platforms of the Portuguese west coast. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 1871-1875.

Bosnic, I., Cascalho, J., Taborda, R., Ribeiro, M., Oliveira, A., Rodrigues, A., & Lira, C. (2011). Textural characterization of the beach active layer. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 40-44.

Ribeiro, M., Taborda, R., Cascalho, J., Bosnic, I., Oliveira, A., Rodrigues, A., & Freire, P. (2011). Grain size effects on suspended sediment concentration profiles under breaking waves. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 130-134.

Dodet, G., Bertin, X., & Taborda, R. (2010). Wave climate variability in the North-East Atlantic Ocean over the last six decades. Ocean Modelling, 31, 120-131. doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2009.10.010

Constantino, R., Gaspar, M., Tata-Regala, J., Carvalho, S., Cúrdia, J., Drago, T., Taborda, R, & Monteiro, C. (2009). Clam dredging effects and subsequent recovery of benthic communities at different depth ranges. Marine Environmental Research, 67, 89-99. doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2008.12.001

Fatela, F., Moreno, J., Moreno, F., Araújo, M. F., Valente, T., Antunes, C., Taborda, R., Andrade, C., & Drago, T. (2009). Environmental constraints of foraminiferal assemblages distribution across a brackish tidal marsh (Caminha, NW Portugal). Marine Micropaleontology, 70(1-2), 70-88. doi:10.1016/j.marmicro.2008.11.001

Pinto, C. A., Taborda, R., Andrade, C., & Teixeira, S. B. (2009). Seasonal and mesoscale variations at an embayed beach (armaçao de pera, portugal). Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 118-122.

Freire, P., Ferreira, O., Taborda, R., Oliveira, F. S. B. F., Carrasco, A. R., Silva, A., Vargas, C., Capitão, R., Fortes, J., Coli, A., & Santos, J. A. (2009). Morphodynamics of fetch-limited beaches in contrasting environments. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 183-187.

Silva, A. N., Taborda, R., Catalão, J., & Freire, P. (2009). DTM extraction using video-monitoring techniques: application to a fetch limited beach. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 203-207.

Taborda, R., Freire, P., Silva, A., Andrade, C., & Freitas, M. C. (2009). Origin and evolution of Tagus estuarine beaches. Journal of coastal research, SI 56, 213-217.

Antunes, C., & Taborda, R. (2009). Sea level at Cascais tide gauge: data, analysis and results. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 218-222.

Larangeiro, S. H. C. D., Taborda, R. P. M., & Oliveira, F. S. B. F. (2009). Sediment transport in the coastal zone: an intercomparison between numerical estimates and field measurements. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 986-990.

Ferreira, Ó., Ciavola, P., Armaroli, C., Balouin, Y., Benavente, J., Río, L. D M. Deserti, Esteves, L.S., Furmanczyk,, K., Haerens, P., Matias, A. Perini, L. , Taborda, R., Terefenko, P., Trifonova, E., Trouw, K., Valchev, N., Van Dongeren, A., Van Koningsveld, M., & Williams, J.J. (2009). Coastal storm risk assessment in Europe: examples from 9 study sites. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 1632-1636.

Ferreira, Ó., Dias, J. A., & Taborda, R. (2008). Implications of Sea-Level Rise for Continental Portugal. Journal of Coastal Research, 24, 317-324. doi:10.2112/07a-0006.1

Freire, P., Taborda, R., & Silva, A. M. (2007). Sedimentary characterization of Tagus estuarine beaches (Portugal). J Soils Sediments, 7, 296-302. doi:10.1065/jss2007.08.243

Silva, A., Taborda, R., Rodrigues, A., Duarte, J., & Cascalho, J. (2007). Longshore drift estimation using fluorescent tracers: New insights from an experiment at Comporta Beach, Portugal. Marine Geology, 240, 137-150. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2007.02.009

Andrade, C., Pires, H. O., Taborda, R., & Freitas, M. C. (2007). Projecting future changes in wave climate and coastal response in Portugal by the end of the 21st century. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 50, 263-257.

Marques, F. O., Taborda, R., & Bose, S. (2006). Comment on “Numerical models of flow patterns around a rigid inclusion in a viscous matrix undergoing simple shear: implications of model parameters and boundary conditions” by N. Mandal, SK Samanta and C. Chakraborty [Journal of Structural Geology 27 (2005) 1599–1609]. Journal of structural geology, 28, 1371-1374.

Cascalho, J. P. V., & Taborda, R. D. M. (2006). Heavy mineral placer formation An example from Algarve, Portugal. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 39, 246-249.

Pombo, J., Cascalho, J., Rodrigues, A., Taborda, R., & Oliveira, A. (2006). The Sines sub-volcanic intrusive complex: imprint on the inner shelf sedimentary cover (Sines, Portugal). Journal of Coastal Research, SI 39, 250-254.

Taborda, R., Cascalho, J., & Sá-Pires, C. (2006). Intra-tidal beach morphological changes and their relationship with sand mixing depth. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 39, 319-322.

Sa-Pires, C., Taborda, R., Ferreira, O., & Dias, J. A. (2006). Beach volume changes: Vertical datum definition. Journal of Coastal Research, 39, 341-344.

Baptista, P., Bastos, L., Bernardes, C., & Taborda, R. (2006). Large scale morphodynamics characterisation of exposed sandy beaches by DGPS. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 39, 355-359.

Rodrigues, A., Oliveira, A., Fonseca, R., Taborda, R., & Cascalho, J. (2006). Sedimentary dynamics of the southern shelf of Madeira (Portugal). Journal of Coastal Research, SI 39, 454-458.

Ferreira, Ó., Garcia, T., Matias, A., Taborda, R., & Dias, J. A. (2006). An integrated method for the determination of set-back lines for coastal erosion hazards on sandy shores. Continental Shelf Research, 26, 1030-1044. doi:10.1016/j.csr.2005.12.016

Taborda, R., Magalhães, F., & Ângelo, C. (2005). Evaluation of Coastal Defence Strategies in Portugal. NATO Science Series, 255-265. doi:10.1007/1-4020-3301-x_17

Marques, F. O., Taborda, R., & Antunes, J. (2005). Influence of a low-viscosity layer between rigid inclusion and viscous matrix on inclusion rotation and matrix flow: A numerical study. Tectonophysics, 407, 101-115. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2005.07.005

Marques, F., Taborda, R., Bose, S., & Antunes, J. (2005). Effects of confinement on matrix flow around a rigid inclusion in viscous simple shear: insights from analogue and numerical modelling. Journal of Structural Geology, 27, 379-396. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2004.11.005

Marques, F. O., Taborda, R. M., & Antunes, J. V. (2005). 2D rotation of rigid inclusions in confined bulk simple shear flow: a numerical study. Journal of Structural Geology, 27, 2171-2180. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2005.08.008

Taborda, R., Antunes, J., & Marques, F. (2004). 2-D rotation behavior of a rigid ellipse in confined viscous simple shear: numerical experiments using FEM. Tectonophysics, 379, 127-137. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2003.10.015

Ferreira, Ó., Fachin, S., Coli, A., Taborda, R., Dias, J. M. A., & Lontra, G. (2002). Study of a harbour infilling using sand tracer experiments, SI 36, 283-289.

Fatela, F., & Taborda, R. (2002). Confidence limits of species proportions in microfossil assemblages. Marine Micropaleontology, 45, 169-174. doi:10.1016/s0377-8398(02)00021-x

Ferreira, Ó., Ciavola, P., Taborda, R., Bairros, M., & Dias, J. A. (2000). Sediment mixing depth determination for steep and gentle foreshores. Journal of Coastal Research, 830-839.

Ciavola, P., Dias, N., Ferreira, &., Taborda, R., & Dias, J. M. (1998). Fluorescent sands for measurements of longshore transport rates: a case study from Praia de Faro in southern Portugal. Geo-Marine Letters, 18, 49-57. doi:10.1007/s003670050051

Ciavola, P., Taborda, R., Ferreira, O., & Dias, J. A. (1997). Field measurements of longshore sand transport and control processes on a steep meso-tidal beach in Portugal. Journal of Coastal Research, 1119-1129.

Ciavola, P., Taborda, R., Ferreira, Ó., & Dias, J. A. (1997). Field observations of sand-mixing depths on steep beaches. Marine Geology, 141, 147-156. doi:10.1016/s0025-3227(97)00054-6

Dias, J. A., & Taborda, R. (1992). Tidal gauge data in deducing secular trends of relative sea level and crustal movements in Portugal. Journal of Coastal Research, 8, 655-659.