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Physical and numerical models represent cost-effective tools for a wide range of coastal design activities. Two- and three-dimensional physical (hydraulic) models can be used to provide quantitative information on the response of coastal structures to extreme conditions, and qualitative information on sediment transport processes. Numerical models can be used to predict normal and extreme design conditions, cross-shore and alongshore sediment transport, and structure response to environmental forces.

We provide both physical and numerical modeling services. In the case of the former, we use research facilities such as the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University. In the case of the latter, we run both public-domain and proprietary models. Examples of our proprietary models include a one-line simulation of coastal change that can be used to predict wave runup, overtopping, and storm damage, and a weakly-coupled model of cross-shore and alongshore sediment transport for gravel beaches.

Examples of our modeling experience include large-scale two-dimensional investigations of armor system performance for man-made islands in the Arctic, a three-dimensional movable-bed study of sediment transport in the lee of a submerged breakwater, and a numerical simulation of long-term coastal evolution and storm damage for a portion of the Southern California coast.
 
RELEVANT PROJECTS
 
Temperate Regions
 
NUMERICAL MODEL OF SHORELINE EVOLUTION - SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA
LARGE-SCALE TWO-DIMENSIONAL HYDRAULIC MODELS
THREE-DIMENSIONAL HYDRAULIC MODELS
 
Cold Regions
 
LARGE-SCALE MODEL STUDIES OF ARCTIC ISLAND SLOPE PROTECTION
 
 
 
 
 
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