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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

NSF grant bolsters OSUs efforts in robotics, artificial intelligence, marine studies

Aug 16, 2017
The National Science Foundation has awarded $1 million to five Oregon State University researchers to study the operation of autonomous marine vehicles.… Read full story.
Roy Haggerty

Oregon State University names new College of Science dean

Aug 15, 2017
Oregon State University Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser Monday appointed Roy Haggerty, associate vice president for research, the dean of OSUs College of Science.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Study reveals seven complete specimens of new flower, all 100 million years old

Aug 15, 2017
A Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus rex bulling its way through a pine forest likely dislodged flowers that 100 million years later have been identified in their fossilized form as a new species of tree.… Read full story.
OSU News Release

Richard van Breemen named director of Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University

Aug 14, 2017
Oregon State University has named Richard van Breemen as the director of the universitys Linus Pauling Institute.… Read full story.