ORE 664: Nearshore Processes and Sediment Transport

Spring Semester, 2004


Instructor: Geno Pawlak, Holmes Hall 404


T/Th 4:30-5:45pm

Holmes Hall 241

Sediment transport by waves and currents in coastal areas and its effect on morphological processes. Effect of man-made structures on littoral drift and shoreline.


The aim of the course is to provide engineers working in the coastal environment with the understanding of wave and sediment processes and their effects on the morphology of beaches and coastlines.   We will explore the dynamics of the nearshore environment in detail, including consideration of wave boundary layer processes and sediment particle dynamics and examine how these can be considered using engineering models.

Syllabus (pdf)

Primary course references:

Beach Processes and Sedimentation, P.D. Komar, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1998.

Coastal Bottom Boundary Layers and Sediment Transport, Advanced Series on Ocean Engineering, Vol. 4, P. Nielsen, World Scientific, 1992.

Coastal Engineering Manual, Army Corps of Engineers, 2002; online at bigfoot.wes.army.mil/cem001.html




Coastal Engineering Page - U Delaware

Coastal Engineering Manual Index (USACE)


Wave Refraction Assignment Data



Geno Pawlak, Ocean and Resources Engineering Department, U. Hawaii


Questions or comments?  Contact Geno Pawlak