Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Postgraduate



m.clare17 Website




480Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





I am a PhD student in the Mathematics of Planet Earth CDT. 

My research focuses on developing and using advanced numerical modelling and statistical tools to improve the understanding of hazards and the quantification and minimisation of erosion and flood risk.

In particular, I am studying how using adjoint and moving mesh methods in the coastal ocean model Thetis can be used to improve both the accuracy of the model and assess its uncertainty. 

I am also exploring how the new technique of Multilevel Monte Carlo simulations can be combined with the industry-standard coastal model XBeach to quantify erosion/flood risk.

If you are interested in my research or articles, please feel free to contact me.

Research publications

Clare, Mariana C A, et al. Hydro-morphodynamics 2D modelling using a discontinuous Galerkin discretisation. Computers & Geosciences 146 (2020): 104658.

Clare, Mariana C A, et al. On the use of mesh movement methods to help overcome the multi-scale challenges associated with hydro-morphodynamic modelling. (2020). arXiv preprint, URL:

Clare, Mariana C A, et al. Assessing erosion and flood risk in the coastal zone through the application of the multilevel Monte Carlo method. (2020). arXiv preprint, URL:

Selected talks

Deltares Software Days - Delft3D and XBeach User Day, 13th November 2019: Using Multilevel Monte Carlo Methods to assess erosion/flood risk in the coastal zone Presentation slides

Mathematics of Planet Earth Webinars, 5th June 2020: Using adjoint methods to assess uncertainty in hydro-morphodynamic models Youtube video

Published articles for general audiences

How renewable are renewables really?: about clean energy's material requirements, the effect on the energy transition and possible solutions. Co-authored with Adriaan Hilbers.

Recycling plastic bags won't stop climate change: about how the two separate issues of plastic waste and climate change are often confused. Based on a recording of the BBC Radio 4 programme "Any questions?" which I attended in the House of Commons.

Les gilets jaunes: about the protest movement in France which started due to a fuel tax, and the implications these protests have for future climate policy. Co-authored with Rozi Harsanyi.