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College of Engineering
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
CENTER FOR APPLIED COASTAL RESEARCH
DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE
It has been another active hurricane season with Dorian pounding the Bahamas and then pummeling the southeast coast of the United States. Many other named storms occurred with even “mild” events wreaking havoc on the coast. The Texas coast received a torrent of rain from Imelda, a tropical storm, that wasn’t covered much in the national media.

Recent and to be conducted research will address the effect extreme events have on the natural and built environment along the coast as well as the effect on human well-being. A new two-year pilot program: Nearshore Extreme Events Reconnaissance (NEER) has commenced recently. The aim is to coordinate interdisciplinary teams that conduct rapid recon of storm events on coasts and provide logistical and data support where necessary. Additionally, the DuneX project is underway with pilot experiments being conducted at Duck, NC and other areas along the Outer Banks. DuneX will bring together a variety of researchers to study storm impacts on shorelines with specific emphasis on dune erosion; although certainly not limited to that aspect. Researchers from CACR are involved in these projects.

Closer to Delaware, CACR researchers are studying processes in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and the response of a beach nourishment north of Indian River Inlet, among a variety of other projects that can be viewed on the main coastal web page (coastal.udel.edu) and individual CACR faculty web pages.

The 2019 newsletter contains articles related to the rejuvenation of the coastal engineering laboratory,  a research update on a Master’s thesis project, a research update on a PhD thesis project, a recap of the CACR-sponsored Two-Phase Modeling for Sediment Dynamics and Geophysical Flows (THESIS) Symposium, a graduate student spotlight, an undergraduate student spotlight, awards received by CACR personnel, and a welcome to the new graduate students, visitors and post-docs of fall 2019.
FEATURES
Making Waves
With demand for coastal engineers rising, UD professor brings the coast to classrooms.
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PROJECTS
IN SITU HYDRODYNAMIC AND MORPHODYNAMIC MEASUREMENT DURING EXTREME STORM EVENTS
Stanford J. Borrell and Jack A. Puleo (excerpted from Shore and Beach)
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PREDICTING NEARSHORE SANDBAR MIGRATION USING XBEACH
By Tian-Jian Hsu and Dr. Tian-jian Hsu (CACR professor)
Our ability to predict beach profile evolution from before to after the storm is of the greatest concerns in coastal management.
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CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS
THESIS CONFERENCE RECAP
The 4th symposium on two-phase modeling for sediment dynamics in geophysical flows was held in Newark, Delaware from September 17-19, 2019. 
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BEST STUDENT PRESENTATION
Congratulations to Maro Pontiki for winning the Best Student Presentation Award at the PORTS ’19 Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA in September 2019.
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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
UNDERGRADUATE: JAMES HOLYOKE
James Holyoke "knew I wanted to grow up and work with water since the first time I can recall being at the beach."
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GRADUATE: MITHUN DEB
Mithun Deb chose to study at the CACR at UD because it is one of the oldest coastal engineering labs in the nation.
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CENTER NEWS
NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS AND VISITORS
The Center for Applied Coastal Research would like to welcome visitors and new graduate students starting in the 2019 academic year
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