Joseph Long


My research focuses on the role that winds, waves, and circulation have on transforming the beach under seasonal, long-term, and extreme events.  The majority of my research is based on the development and use of numerical models to explain complex hydro- and morphodynamic processes in the coastal region and on using data assimilation methods to enhance predictions of coastal change.  Understanding these processes, on varying spatial and temporal scales, is essential to designing sustainable coastal civil infrastructure systems, protecting ecosystems and communities, and assessing long-term vulnerability. This work requires the collection and processing of in situ and remote sensing data to initialize and validate numerical models.  I am interested in all aspects of nearshore circulation and the impacts of this forcing on habitats, coastal change, and societal impacts.

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