Efthimios Karymbalis

Associate Professor-Fluvial and Coastal Geomorphology
Office No 2.1A, New Bld
Department of Geography
Harokopio University
70 El. Venizelou Str., Kallithea- Athens
Post Box: 17671

Ph.: +30-2109549159
Fax: +30-2109514759


BSc. in Geology, Department of Geology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 1992

PhD in Geomorphology, Department of Geology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1996

Research Interests

--Fluvial Geomorphology
-Coastal Geomorphology
-Palaeogeographic evolution of coastal areas – sea-level fluctuations
-Natural Hazards (floods, sea-level rise, shoreline erosion)
-Geomorphological mapping

Books and edited books (selection)

Papadopoulos, A., Karymbalis, E., Chalkias, C. (2013) “Geography of Coastal areas and islands”, publisher “STAMOULI”. (ISBN: 9789603519270) (under publication)

Karymbalis, E. (2010) “Coastal Geomorphology”, “published by “ION”. 242 σ. (ISBN:978-960-411-714-7)(in Greek)

Karymbalis, E., Chalkias, C., Ferentinou, M., Maistrali, A. (2011) “Flood hazard evaluation in small catchments based on quantitative geomorphology and GIS modeling: The case of Diakoniaris torrent (W. Peloponnese, Greece)” In: Nicolaos Lambrakis, George Stournaras and Konstantina Katsanou (eds): “Advances in the Research of Aquatic Environment, Environmental Earth Sciences” Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg: 137-145. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-19902-8

Karymbalis, E., and K. Gaki-Papanastassiou (2011) “Investigation of relationships between fan delta and drainage basin morphometric variables along the southwestern coast of Gulf of Corinth, Northern Peloponnesus, Greece” In: Recep Efe, Georges Cravins, Munir Ozturk and Ibrahim Atalay (eds): “Natural Environment and Culture in the Mediterranean Region II”, Cambridge Scholars Publishing UK: 87-106. (ISBN: 978-1-4438-2986-1)

Gaki-Papanastassiou, K., Karymbalis, E., Maroukian, H., Galanidou, N., Giagas, C., and E. Koskeridou (2011) “The palaeogeographic evolution of the Kairatos basin and its coastal plain (Herakleion city – Crete) during the Holocene” In: N. Galanidou (ed.): “The Beolithic Settlement by the River Kairatos, the Alexiou Excavations at Katsambas”, INSTAP ACADEMIC PRESS, Pennsylvania USA.(in press)

Ferentinou, M., Karymbalis, E., Charou, E., and M. Sakellariou (2011) “Using Self Organizing Maps in Applied Geomorphology” In: Self Organizing Maps - Applications and Novel Algorithm Design, Josphat Igadwa Mwasiagi (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-546-4, InTech, 273-298.Available from:

Karymbalis, Ε., Gaki-Papanastassiou, K., and H. Maroukian (2007) “Who is responsible for flood events in Attica? Nature or human activities? The case studies of Kifissos and Megalo Rema (Rafina) drainage basins” In: “Tomorrow in danger – natural and na-tech hazards in Europe and Greece” K. Sapountzaki (ed.) published by Gutenberg: 287-309. ISBN: 9789600111835(in Greek)

Karymbalis, E., Karageorgiou, M.M., Parcharidis, I., and D. Karageorgiou (2006) “Recent coastline changes and implications of the future sea-level rise at the Kalamas river delta (Western Greece)” In: A. Turbielewicz (ed) Coastal Dynamics Geomorphology and Protection: 197-204. (ISBN: 83-88617-82-6)

Recent publications in refereed journals (selection)

Karymbalis, Ε., Papanastassiou, Δ., Gaki-Papanastassiou, Κ., Tsanakas, K., Maroukian, H. (2013) Geomorphological study of Cephalonia Island, Ionian Sea, Western Greece. Journal of Maps, Volume 9, Issue 1: 121-134. DOI:10.1080/17445647.2012.758423.

Parcharidis, I., Kourkouli, P., Karymbalis, E., Foumelis, M., Karathanassi, V. (2013) “Time Series Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry for Ground Deformation Monitoring over a Small Scale Tectonically Active Deltaic Environment (Mornos, Central Greece)” Journal of Coastal Research Volume 29, Issue 2: 325-338. doi:

Karymbalis, E., Chalkias, C., Chalkias, G., Grigoropoulou, E., Manthos, G., Ferentinou, M. (2012). “Assessment of the sensitivity of the southern coast of the Gulf of Corinth (Peloponnese, Greece) to sea-level rise” Central European Journal of Geosciences, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.561-577. DOI: 10.2478/s13533-012-0101-3

Karymbalis, E., Katsafados, P., Chalkias, C., Gaki-Papanastassiou, K. (2012) “An integrated study for the evaluation of natural and anthropogenic causes of flooding in small catchments based on geomorphological and meteorological data and modeling techniques: The case of the Xerias torrent (Corinth, Greece)” Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Vol. 56, Suppl. 1: 45–67.

Maroukian, H., Gaki-Papanastassiou, K., Karymbalis, E., Papanastassiou, D. (2011) “Geomorphological study and Palaeogeographic evolution of NW Kefalonia island, Greece, concerning the hypothesis of a possible location of the Homeric Ithaca” In: Antony G. Brown, Laura S. Basell, and Karl W. Butzer(eds): “Geoarchaeology, Climate Change, Sustainability”, Special Paper of the Geological Society of America Special Paper 476: 69-80. doi:10.1130/2011.2476 (06): ISBN 978-0-8137-2476-8.

Gaki-Papanastassiou, K., Karymbalis, E., Poulos, S., Seni, A., Zouva Ch. (2010) “Coastal vulnerability assessment to sea-level rise based on geomorphological and oceanographical parameters: the case of Argolikos Gulf, Peloponnese, Greece” Hellenic Journal of Geosciences, vol. 45: 109-121.

Karymbalis, E., Gaki-Papanastassiou, K., Ferentinou, M (2010) “Fan deltas classification coupling morphometric analysis and Artificial Neural Networks: The case of NW coast of Gulf of Corinth, Greece” Hellenic Journal of Geosciences, vol. 45: 133-146.

Karymbalis, E. (2010) “Athens water supply: implications for Mornos and Evinos Rivers” Geographies, vol. 15: 75-93.(in Greek)

Gaki-Papanastassiou, K., Karymbalis, E., Papanastassiou, D., Maroukian, H.(2009) “Quaternary marine terraces as indicators of neotectonic activity of the Ierapetra normal fault SE Crete (Greece)” Geomorphology, 104: 38-46.

Maroukian, H., Gaki-Papanastassiou, K., Karymbalis, E., Vouvalidis, K., Pavlopoulos, K., Papanastassiou D, Albanakis, K. (2008) “Morphotectonic control on drainage network evolution in the Perachora peninsula, Greece” Geomorphology, 102 (1): 81-92.

Pavlopoulos, K., Triantaphyllou, M., Karymbalis, E., Karkanas, P., Kouli, K., Tsourou, Th. (2007) “Landscape evolution recorded in the embayment of Palamari (Northeast Skyros Island), Greece from the beginning of the Bronze Age until recent times”. Geomorphologie: relief, processus, environment, 2007, no 1: 37-48.

Pavlopoulos, K., Karkanas, P. Triantaphyllou, M., Karymbalis, E., Tsourou, Th., Palyvos, N. (2006) “Palaoenvironmental Evolution of the Coastal Plain of Marathon, Greece, During the Late Holocene: Deposition Environment, Climate and Sea-level Change.” Journal of Coastal Research, 26/2: 424-438.

Maroukian, H., Karymbalis, E. (2004) “Geomorphic evolution of the fan delta of the Evinos river in western Greece and human impacts during the last 150 years”. Zeitschrift. für Geomorphologie, 48/2: 201-217.


Undergraduate Courses

Physical Geography

Hydrology – Water Resources management

Postgraduate Courses

Natural Processes, Hazards, and Disasters

Natural Hazards in Coastal Zone