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Welcome to the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory provides outstanding research and testing at the largest nearshore experimental facility at an academic institution in the US. The 6100 ft2 (570 m2) building is situated on the main campus and houses the Large Wave Flume (LWF), Directional Wave Basin (DWB), and 3,000 ft2 (300 m2) of office space for staff, graduate students, visiting researchers, and clients.

The laboratory conducts research on coastal and nearshore processes involving:

  • Wave-structure interaction
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics and sediment transport
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Tsunami and coastal hazards
  • Fixed and floating structures

Through our work we deliver research, testing, and education and outreach opportunities to improve the resilience and sustainability of coastal areas, and to develop innovative solutions to the design of coastal infrastructure.

Click here to find out more about our Education and Tours Program.

Events & Tours

OSU News Release

Bard in the Quad at OSU to present Two Gentlemen of Verona for 12th season

Jul 20, 2017
Oregon State University Theatres Bard in the Quad returns for its 12th season this August with a western-themed production of Shakespeares romantic comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona.… Read full story.

Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk

Jul 19, 2017
A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk published today in the journal Nature shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching.  … Read full story.

New algorithm, metrics improve autonomous underwater vehicles energy efficiency

Jul 19, 2017
Robotics researchers have found a way for autonomous underwater vehicles to navigate strong currents with greater energy efficiency, which means the AUVs can gather data longer and better.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

New findings suggest a genetic influence on aging into the 90s but not beyond

Jul 18, 2017
Variants of a gene thought to be linked to longevity appear to influence aging into the 90s, but do not appear to affect exceptional longevity, or aging over 100, a new study has found.… Read full story.