Dr. Adrian STĂNICĂ
Scientific Director at the National Institute of Marine Geology and Geoecology – GeoEcoMar

: +40212094986
Email: astanica@geoecomar.ro

Str. Dimitrie Onciul 23-25, Sector 2, 024053, Bucharest




Coastal Geomorphology

  • Beach morphology
  • Long-term and seasonal variations of coastal morphology
  • Beach – dune interactions
  • Nearshore zone hidrodynamics
  • Impact of human interventions on coastal morphology
  • Impact of extreme storms on short-term coastal behavior
  • Fluvial – Marine Interactions: Morphodynamics and sediment transport at river mouths


  • River, delta and shelf sedimentology
  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Causal analysis of environmental problems in coastal and marine environments
  • Water resources management
  • Science policy in river-delta-sea systems



Main International Projects

  • 2013-2015 – general coordinator of FP7 DANCERS (DANube macroregion: Capacity building and Excellence in River Systems (basin, delta and sea))
  • 2007-2014: GeoEcoMar co-ordinator in FP6 CONSCIENCE, FP7 HYDRALAB IV, FP7 ARCH, LIFE+ SEDI.PORT.SIL
  • 1995-2014: Participant in FP4 EROS 2000 and EROS 21, in FP5 EURO-GEO-ECO-CENTRE and MULINO (as Marie Curie Fellow at FEEM Venice), FP6 IASON, SESAME, FP7 COCONET, SEE ECOPORT 8.
  • 2006 – 2007: Black Sea Regional coordinator for Causal Analysis – Black Sea Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis – 2007, BSERP (Black Sea Environmental Recovery Programme), UNEP
  • 2005-2008 and 2009-2012: East European Coordinator of NEAR 3 & 4 projects (Network for the Environmental Assessment and Remediation in aquatic systems) – funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (overall coordination – University of Geneva)

Main national projects

  • 2011 – 2012: GeoEcoMar coordinator of the Halcrow UK- led team to develop the Masterplan for the protection against erosion of the Romanian Black Sea coast (EC Structural funds)
  • 2008-2011: Coordinator of CLASS (project aiming to map and model the coastal currents along the western Black Sea coast, focused mainly on the Romanian littoral), funded by the National Authority for Scientific Research, PARTENERIATE – 32130/2008. operational model obtained in CLASS to be accessed here: http://kassandra.ve.ismar.cnr.it:8080/kassandra/black-sea
  • 2008-2009: GeoEcoMar coordinator of United States Trade and Development Agency-funded COASTEROSION (technical assistance for the assessment of coastal erosion in front of the Danube Delta)
  • 2005 – 2007: GeoEcoMar coordinator of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) funded „Study for the protection and rehabilitation of the southern Romanian Black Sea coast”
  • 1994 – 2013: – since 1997 GeoEcoMar coordinator in a series of national R&D projects monitoring the coastal dynamics.


  • Stănică, A., Dan, S., Jimenez, J., Ungureanu, G.V., 2011 „Dealing with erosion along the Danube Delta coast. The CONSCIENCE experience towards a sustainable coastline management”, Ocean & Coastal Management 54, 898-906.
  • Stănică A., Panin N., 2009, “Present evolution and future predictions for the deltaic coastal zone between the Sulina and Sf. Gheorghe Danube River mouths (Romania)” Geomorphology, 107, 41–46.
  • Stănică A., Dan S., Ungureanu Gh., 2007, “Coastal changes at the Sulina mouth of the Danube River as a result of human activities”, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 55/10-12 pp. 555-563.
  • Dan S., Stănică A. “The role of episodic water level variations for the dynamics of Danube Delta coastal zone”. Journal of Coastal Conservation (accepted for publication)
  • Sanò, M., Jimenez, J.A., Medina, R., Stănică, A., Sanchez-Archilla, A., Trumbic, I., 2011 “The role of coastal setbacks in the context of coastal erosion and climate change”, Ocean & Coastal Management, 54, 943-950
  • Marchand M, Sanchez-Arcilla A., Ferreira M., Gault J., Jiménez J.A., Markovic M., Mulder J., van Rijn L., Stănică A., Sulisz W., Sutherland J., 2011 “Concepts and science for coastal erosion management e An introduction to the CONSCIENCE framework”, Ocean & Coastal Management, 54, 859-866.
  • N. Gruber, R. Kuhns, J. F. Steurer, A. Stănică, I. C. Lipan, L. Tofan, J. Mozingo, J. C. Roberge, T. Ehlinger, P. Ginther, J. D. Rosati., 2010, „Development of a Coastal Systems Operations Center for the Institutional Strengthening of Coastal Management Along the Romanian Black Sea”. Proceedings of the 2010 Watershed Management Conference, American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 951-965, Stock No. 41143 / ISBN 9780784411438
  • Kuroki K., Goda Y., Panin N., Stănică A., Diaconeasa D., Babu Gh., 2007, “Beach erosion and its countermeasures along the Southern Romanian Black Sea shore” “Coastal Engineering 2006” (Proceedings of the 30th International Conference, San Diego, California, USA, 3-8 September 2006), vol 4, 3788-3799. ISBN-13: 978-9812706362
  • Stănică A., Panin N., Caraivan G. 2013. Romanian coast. Chapter 20 in Allan Williams & Enzo Pranzini (general editors), Coastal Erosion and Protection in Europe. Publisher: Routledge, members of Taylor and Francis Group, ISBN-13: 9781849713399 (in press)
  • Stănică A., The Danube Delta. Back to nature through international cooperation. Chapter in “Climate of Coastal Cooperation”. R. Misdorp Editor. Publishers: Coastal & Marine Union – EUCC (Leiden, the Netherlands), http://www.coastalcooperation.net/part-I/I-3-2.pdf, ISBN 978-90-75502-09-1
  • Stănică A., Panin N., Danube Delta. Chapter in “Comparative assessment of the vulnerability and resilience of 10 deltas – synthesis report. Delta Alliance Report No. 1.”, 2010, T. Bucx, M. Marchand, A. Makaske, C. van den Guchte Editors. Publishers: Delta Alliance International, Delft – Wageningen, the Netherlands, ISBN 978-94-90070-39-7
  • Dominik J., Chapman D., Loiseau J-L, Stănică A., Vignati D. – Editors. „NEAR Curriculum in Natural Environmental Science”, 2010, Terre et Environnement, Vol. 88, 277, Geneva, Switzerland, ISBN 2–940153–87–6 –
  • Stănică A., Thomas R., Interaction of the scientist with the media and public. In „NEAR Curriculum in Natural Environmental Science”, 2010, Terre et Environnement, Vol. 88, 277, Geneva, Switzerland, ISBN 2–940153–87–6. pp. 27-32. – http://www.unige.ch/sciences/near/pdf/Stănică%20and%20Thomas%202010.pdf
  • Stănică A., Ungureanu V.G., Understanding coastal morphology and sedimentology. In „NEAR Curriculum in Natural Environmental Science”, 2010, Terre et Environnement, Vol. 88, 277, Geneva, Switzerland, ISBN 2–940153–87–6. pp. 105-111. – http://www.unige.ch/sciences/near/pdf/Stănică%20and%20Ungureanu%202010.pdf
  • Dominik J., Stănică A., Thomas R., Soft sediment observation and characterisation in field courses. In „NEAR Curriculum in Natural Environmental Science”, 2010, Terre et Environnement, Vol. 88, 277, Geneva, Switzerland, ISBN 2–940153–87–6. pp. 231-242. – http://www.unige.ch/sciences/near/pdf/Dominik%20et%20al%202010.pdf
  • Electronic book. Galvani A., Georgiadis T., Marabini F., Caraivan G., Constantinescu S., Stănică A..- 2009- Evoluzione recente del Delta del Danubio in base a documenti cartografici, Curatore editoriale, M. Barazutti, Alma Mater Digital Library, University of Bologna (monograph), http://amsacta.cib.unibo.it/2610/
  • Giupponi C., Feas J., Stănică A., 2006, “Participative decision making for reorganising the irrigation system of the Cavallino Peninsula (Italy)” Italian Journal for Agronomy, No.4, pp. 715 – 725, 2006. http://www.agronomy.it/index.php/agro/article/view/ija.2006.715
  • Stănică A., Stancheva M., Ungureanu G.V., Peychev V., Palazov A., Stanchev H., Dutu F.. 2012. Types and Impacts of Maritime Hydraulic Structures on the Romanian – Bulgarian Black Sea Coast: Setting-up a Common Catalogue for GIS-based Coastline Classification. GEO-ECO-MARINA nr. 18/2012, 105-113, http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/publicatii/Nr.18-2012/07_pongo_BT.pdf
  • I. Dinu, M. Bajo, G. Umgiesser, A. Stănică. 2011. Influence of wind and freshwater on the current circulation along the Romanian Black Sea coast. GEO-ECO-MARINA nr. 17/2011, 13-26. http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/publicatii/Nr.17-2011/02_dinu%20irina_BT.pdf
  • I. Dinu, M. Bajo, A. Stănică, S. Dan, G. Maximov, G.Umgiesser. 2010. Preliminary simulations of surface coastal currents from the area of Constanţa to the border between Romania and Bulgaria. GEO-ECO-MARINA nr. 16/2010, 67-74. http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/publicatii/Nr.16-2010/07_dinu_fin.pdf
  • Tescari Stefania, Umgiesser G., Ferrarin C., Stănică A., 2006, “Current circulation and sediment transport in the coastal zone in front of the Danube Delta”, GEO-ECO-MARINA VOL. 12/2006, 5-16, http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/publicatii/Nr.12-2006/1.pdf
  • Stănică A., Ungureanu Gh., Cătălin Rotar C., Olariu C., Ilina S., 2005, “Evaluation of the annual wind transport rate in the dune area of the Sf. Gheorghe beach – Danube Delta, Black Sea.”, GEO-ECO-MARINA vol. 9-10/2004-2005, 41-46. http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/publicatii/Nr.9-10-2004/7.pdf
  • Ungureanu Gh., Popescu Rodica, Stănică A., Axente Valerica, Milu Consuela, 2005, “Metals in the Danube River suspended sediments at the mouth of the Sf. Gheorghe distributary”, GEO-ECO-MARINA vol. 9-10/2004-2005, 62-70. http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/publicatii/Nr.9-10-2004/11.pdf
  • Oaie Gh, Secrieru D., Szobotka St., Fulga Costina, Stănică A., 2005, “Danube River: sedimentological, mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of the bottom sediments”, GEO-ECO-MARINA VOL. 11/2005, 77-86 – http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/publicatii/Nr.11-2005/9.pdf
  • Ungureanu Gh., Stănică A., 2000 – “Impact of human activities on the evolution of the Romanian Black Sea beaches”, Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management, vol. 5/ 2000, pp. 111-115.