Dr. Margarita Stancheva Senior research assistant


Office address: P.O. box 152, 9000 Varna, Bulgaria;

Phone/Fax: 370486

E-mail: stancheva@io-bas.bg


Degree: Ph.D. Senior research assistant

Ocupation: Oceanologist

Research interests:

  • Beach changes
  • Coastal dunes/protected territories
  • Coastal erosion
  • Human structures/ technogenous impacts
  • GIS application to shoreline detection
  • Long-term coastline changes and evolution
  • Coastal classification
  • Natural/human coastal hazards and risks
  • ICZM/Sustainable coastal development

Field Experience:

  • Monitoring of the Bulgarian Black Sea sandy beaches Shoreline ground survey GPS measurements of coastline/coast-protection structures
  • Monitoring coastal erosion along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast In-situ measurements of coastal erosion rate
  • Ship cruises - experience in sediments bottom sampling


  • Advanced International Training Programme: Sustainable coastal development Goteborg University; Kalmar University – Sweden; 12.09. 2005 – 14.10.2005

Languages: English - excellent; Russian - fluently


  • Member of Steering Committee of the Commission of Coastal Systems (CCS) to the International Geographic Union (IGU) - http://www.igu-ccs.org/;
  • Research Fellow to the Programme for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS), Western Carolina University - USA, http://www.psds-wcu.org/;
  • National contact point within European Dune Network (Sand Dune and Shingle Network) - http://www.hope.ac.uk/coast);
  • Convener and chairman of Geomorphology Session at the European Geoscienses Union (EGU General Assembly): ”Coastal zone geomorphologic interactions: natural versus human-induced driving factors” (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 – ongoing) - http://www.egu.eu/.

Project Coordination

  • SYMNET Project (Industrial Symbiosis Network for Environment Protection and Sustainable Development in Black Sea Basin), Contract number: – MIS-ETC 287, funded by the European Union under the Joint Operational Programme “Black Sea Basin 2007-2013” (2011-2013).
  • Coastal Processes and Management of the Bulgarian Coast, Joint research USA-BG Project - Fulbright Programme 2012/ 2013 ; Prof. Robert Young, Programme for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS), Western Carolina University.
  • Coastal sand dunes along the Estonian and Bulgarian Black Sea shorelines: inventory and natural/human-induced changes - joint research project between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Estonian Academy of Sciences (2010-2012).
  • Joint GIS-based coastal classification of the Bulgarian-Romanian Black Sea shoreline for risk assessment. Joint research project between Bulgaria and Romania, (IO-BAS and GeoEcoMar), National Science Fund, (2010-2012), Grant N: DNTS 02/11.

Project Participation

  • HERAS Project (Submarine Archaeological Heritage of the Western Black Sea Shelf) 2 (4i)-3.1-26 MIS ETC Code: 578 under the CBC Programme Romania - Bulgaria 2007-2013, Contract 64727/09.08.2013, (2013-2015).
  • Development of prototype of geo-information system for remote sensing monitoring on the sea water ecological status in the port areas of Bulgarian and Ukrainian Black Sea parts. Joint research project between Bulgaria and Ukraine (IO-BAS and Institute of Telecommunications and Global Information Space of NAS of Ukraine), (2012-2014).
  • Improvement of scientific basis to provide sustainable development of the Black Sea coastal zone – preliminary studies, Project BSEC (Black Sea Economic Cooperation), (2008).
  • Prediction of the Black Sea sand beaches sustainability to extreme storm impacts - joint research project between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Russian Academy of Sciences (2006 - 2008).
  • Contemporary problems related to maintenance of the beaches in Bulgaria and Poland taking account coastal structures impact – joint research project between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Polish Academy of Sciences (2006-2008).
  • Comparison of coastal processes and monitoring activities between some Bulgarian and Spanish beaches – joint research project between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Spanish Academy of Sciences (CSIC), (2006-2008).
  • ARCADIS Euroconsult Project “Support to the Black Sea Basin Directorate for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive concerning coastal water monitoring in Bulgaria (WFD Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council),  (2006).
  • Dynamics and development of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast in condition of sea level rising. National Science Fund: NZ – 1409/04 (2005 - 2008).
  • Assessment of statement and dynamics of the coastal zone in conditions of hydraulic constructions at the Bulgarian and Cuba coasts.National Science Fund - BC-01/2004, (2005 – 2007).


Selected Publications

  • Stanchev, H., Young, R., Stancheva, M. 2013. Integrating GIS and high resolution orthophoto images for the development of a geomorphic shoreline classification and risk assessment—a case study of cliff/bluff erosion along the Bulgarian coast. J Coast Conserv, 2013. DOI 10.1007/s11852-013-0271-2.
  • Stancheva, M. 2013. Bulgaria. In: Coastal Erosion and Protection in Europe - A Comprehensive Overview” – Eds, E. Pranzini, A.T. Wiliams; ISBN-13: 9781849713399 (ISBN-10: 1849713391), 496 pp, Rutledge Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Stanica, A., M. Stancheva, G. Ungureanu, V. Peychev, A. Palazov, H. Stanchev, F. Dutu. 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 Journal Geo-Eco-Marina Journal, vol. 18 (http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/publicatii-revista-geo-eco-marina.html).
  • Stancheva, M., Ungureanu, V.G., Stanica, A., Caraivan, G., Palazov, A., Stanchev, H., Peychev, V. 2011. State of the Art of Geomorphic Coastline Classifications: Global Studies and Regional Research along the Bulgarian-Romanian Black Sea Coast. Problems of Geography, Book 3-4, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, 35-49. ISSN 0204-7209.
  • Stanchev, H., R. Young, A. Palazov and Stancheva, M. 2011. GIS s tool to tudy nd preserve sand dunes (Bulgarian Coast). Proc. of 10th International Symposium on GIS and Computer Mapping for Coastal Management 2011 Theme: Marine Spatial Planning, COASTGIS 2011 – 5-8 SEPTEMBER 2011 – OOSTENDE, BELGIUM, Vol. 3, 8-16.
  • Stanchev, H., Palazov, A., Stancheva, M., Apostolov, A. 2011. Determination of the Black Sea coastline length and area using GIS methods and LandSat 7 Satellite Images. Geo-Eco-Marina Journal, vol. 17, 27-31 (http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/publicatii-revista-geo-eco-marina.html).
  • Stancheva, M., Marinski, J., Peychev, V., Palazov, A., Stanchev, H. 2011. Long-term coastal changes of Varna Bay caused by anthropogenic influenc. Geo-Eco-Marina Journal, vol. 17, 33-40 (http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/publicatii-revista-geo-eco-marina.html).
  • Stancheva, M., Rangel-Buitrago, N., Anfuso, G., Palazov, A., Stanchev, H. and Correa, I. 2011. Expanding level of coastal armouring: case studies from different countries. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64 (Proceedings of the 11th International Coastal Symposium), 1815-1819, Szczecin, Poland, ISSN 0749-0208.
  • Stancheva, M., Ratas U., Orviku K., Palazov A., Rivis R., Kont A., Peychev V., Tõnisson H. and Stanchev H., 2011. Sand dune destruction due to increased human impacts along the Bulgraian Black Sea and Estonian Baltic Sea coasts. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64 (Proceedings of the 11th International Coastal Symposium), 324-328, Szczecin, Poland, ISSN 0749-0208.
  • Stancheva, M. 2010. Sand Dunes along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci, Volume 63, 7, 1037-1048.
  • Stancheva, M. 2010. Human-Induced Impacts along the Coastal Zone of Bulgaria. A Pressure Boom versus Environment. Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci, Volume 63, 1, 137-146.
  • Stancheva, M. 2009. Indicative GIS-based Segmentation of the Bulgarian Black Sea Coastline for Risk Assessment. Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci, Volume 62, 10, 1311-1318.
  • Stanchev, H., A. Palazov, M. Stancheva. 2009. 3D GIS Model for Flood Risk Assessment of Varna Bay due to Extreme Sea Level Rise. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 56, 1597-1601, ICS2009 (Proceedings) Portugal. ISSN 0749-0258.
  • Peychev, V. Stancheva M. 2009. Changes of Sediment Balance at the Bulgarian Black Sea Coastal Zone Influenced by Anthropogenic Impacts. Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci, Volume 62, 2, 277-285.
  • Stancheva, M., Marinski, J. 2007. Coastal defense activities along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast – methods for protection or degradation? Coastal structures 2007: Proc. of the 5th International Conference, Venice, Italy, 2-4 July 2007; DOI No: 10.1142/9789814282024_0043; pp 480-489.; eds. (L. Franco, G. Tomasicchio & A. Lamberti).