The Coastal Sediments Hydrodynamics & Engineering Lab seeks to understand the morphodynamic processes of coastal systems. This work entails collaboration and integration of geological, physical, biological, and chemical oceanography from estuaries to the outer edge of the continental shelf. Ongoing topics of interest include decadal patterns of beach behavior, scour processes associated with natural seafloor features and manmade objects, interactions between estuarine circulation, hypoxia and fish behavior. Additional efforts focus on the development of coastal ocean observing systems especially utilizing underwater robotics and remotely deployed instruments. Our technical approach involves extensive field work, novel time series and statistical analyses, analytical and numerical modeling, and the fusion of all three within advanced mapping and visualization systems.
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