Emil V. Stanev is emeritus professor for Coastal Oceanography at the University of Oldenburg and was Head of Department Data Analysis and Data Assimilation at the Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz Center Geesthacht from 2007 to 2018. He got his PhD degree from the University of Sofia in 1977, and his professorship in physical oceanography in 1996. His fields of expertise include physical oceanography, numerical modelling, hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics of coastal seas and estuaries, biogeochemical modelling, data assimilation and operational oceanography. Prof. Stanev is associated editor of Ocean Modelling, Ocean Dynamics and Continental Shelf Research and member of many international science panels. Among his honors are the fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, ONRIFO, University of Washington, etc. He was coordinator and Work Package leader of several EU and other international projects. He has more than 170 peer reviewed papers and H-index-35. He name is in the World's top 2% scientists list published by Stanford University in 2021.