Since 2016, the HWRL has been an Experimental Facility of the NSF funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Project (NSF Award 2037914). The HWRL is aslo an associated test facility of the Pacific Marine Energy Center. From 2004 to 2014, the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab (HWRL) was an Experimental Facility of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Project Network for Earthquake and Engineering Simulation (NEES).

The laboratory conducts research on coastal and nearshore processes, including:

  • Nearshore hydrodynamics
  • Tsunami Research
  • Coastal Structures
  • Sediment Suspension and Transport
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Floating Structures


The Emerald Tutu
PIs: Gabriel Cira (Northeastern University) and Julia Hopkins (Northeastern University)
NSF Award ID: 2016199

Understanding and Quantifying Structural Loading from Tsunami-Induced Debris Fields
PI: Michael Motley (University of Washington)
NSF Award ID: 1933184

Experimental Investigation of Wave, Surge, and Tsunami Transformation over Natural Shorelines
PI: Tori Johnson (U.S. Naval Academy)
NSF Award ID: 1825080; DesignSafe Project IDs: PRJ-2143, PRJ-3218

Vertical Evacuation Structures Subjected to Sequential Earthquake and Tsunami Loadings
PIs: Dawn Lehman (University of Washington), Charles Roeder (University of Washington), Pedro Arduino (University of Washington), Michael Motley (University of Washington).
NSF Award ID: 1726326

Collaborative Research: Implementation Strategies and Performance of Unsaturated Bio-Cemented Dune Sand
PIs: Brina Montoya (North Carolina State University), T. Matthew Evans (Oregon State University)
NSF Award IDs: 1933355 and 1933350

Collaborative Research: Physics of Dune Erosion during Extreme Wave and Storm-Surge Events
PIs: J. Puleo (University of Delaware), T. Hsu (University of Delaware), R.Feagin (Texas A&M University), M. Wengrove (Oregon State University), D. Cox (Oregon State University)
NSF Award IDs: 1756714, 1756477 and 1756449

Collaborative Research: Wave, Surge, and Tsunami Overland Hazard, Loading and Structural Response for Developed Shorelines
PIs: Patrick Lynett (University of Southern California), Roger Ghanem (University of Southern California), Andrew Kennedy (University of Notre Dame), Andre Barbosa (Oregon State University), Daniel Cox (Oregon State University)
NSF Award IDs: 1661315, 1661052 and 1661015; DesignSafe Project IDs: PRJ-3157, PRJ-3197, PRJ-3213

Transient Rip Current Dynamics: Laboratory Measurements and Modeling of Surfzone Vorticity
PIs: Melissa Moulton (University of Washington), Nirnimesh Kumar (University of Washington)
NSF Award ID: 1735460

Collaborative Research: Physical Modeling of Submarine Volcanic Eruption Generated Tsunamis
PIs: Hermann Fritz (Georgia Institute of Technology), Josef Dufek (Georgia Institute of Technology)
NSF Award ID: 1563217

Runups of Unusual Size: Predicting Unexpectedly Large Swash Events
PIs: H. Tuba Ozkan-Haller (Oregon State University), Peter Ruggiero (Oregon State University), Robert Holman (Oregon State University)
NSF Award ID: 1459049; DesignSafe Project ID: PRJ-2168

CAREER: Advancing Multi-Hazard Assessment and Risk-Based Design for Offshore Wind Energy Technology
PIs: Andrew Myers (Northeastern University)
NSF Award ID: 1552559

Collaborative Research: Numerical and Probabilistic Modeling of Aboveground Storage Tanks Subjected to Multi-Hazard Storm Events
PIs: Jamie Padgett (Rice University), Clinton Dawson (University of Texas at Austin)
NSF Award ID: 1635784 and 1635115; DesignSafe Project ID: PRJ-1293

Telescopic structural flood walls
PI: Jorge Cueto (Smart Walls Construction LLC)
NSF Award ID: 1621727

Collaborative Research: Nonlinear Long Wave Amplification in the Shadow Zone of Offshore Islands
PI: Costas Synolakis (University of Southern California), Patrick Lynett (University of Southern California), James Kaihatu (Texas A&M University)
NSF Award ID: 1538624 and 1538190

Probabilistic Assessment of Tsunami Forces on Coastal Structures 
PI: Michael Motley (University of Washington), Marc Eberhard (University of Washington), Pedro Arduino (University of Washington)
NSF Award ID: 1536198; DesignSafe Project ID: PRJ-1306

Collaborative Research: Fundamental Mechanics and Conditional Probabilities for Prediction of Hurricane Surge and Wave Loads on Elevated Coastal Structures
PIs: John van de Lindt (Colorado State University), Daniel Cox (Oregon State University)
NSF Award ID:  1301016 and 1266101; DesignSafe Project ID: PRJ-2131

Collaborative Research: Large-scale laboratory investigation and numerical modeling of sheet flow sediment transport dynamics across a surf zone sand bar
PIs: Jack Puleo (University of Delaware), Tian-Jian (Tom) Hsu (University of Delaware), Dan Cox (Oregon State University)
NSF Award IDs: 1356978 and 1356855; DesignSafe Project ID: PRJ-1740

NEESR: Interaction of Tsunamis with Short Waves and Bottom Sediment - Numerical and Physical Modeling
PIs: James Kaihatu (Texas A&M University), Alexandru Sherement (Texas A&M University)
NSF Award ID: 1208147

NEESR: Tsunami Run-up and Withdrawal Dynamics on a Sloping Beach with Discontinuous Macro-Roughness
PI: Jennifer Irish (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
NSF Award ID: 1206271

NEESR: Tsunami Induced Coherent Structures and their Impact on our Coastal Infrastructure
PIs: Diane Foster (University of New Hampshire), Tian-Jian (Tom) Hsu (University of New Hampshire), Patrick Lynett (University of New Hampshire)
NSF Award ID: 1135026

NEESR-CR: Impact Forces from Tsunami-Driven Debris
PIs: H. Ronald Riggs (University of Hawaii Manoa), Marcelo Kobayashi (University of Hawaii Manoa), Clay Naito (Lehigh University), Dan Cox (Oregon State University)
NSF Award ID: 1041666, DesignSafe Project ID: NEES-2010-0942

NEESR-SD: Measuring Runup and Bed Shear Stress Using Long Stroke Wave-Makers
PI: Philip Liu (Cornell University)
NSF Award ID:  1041541

NEESR-CR: Tsunami Generation by Landslides: Integrating Laboratory Scale Experiments, Numerical Models and Natural Scale Applications
PI: Hermann Fritz (Georgia Tech Research Corporation)
NSF Award ID:  0936603

NEESR Payload: Dissipation of Long-Wave Energy by Discontinuous Macro-Roughness Representing Forested Areas
PI: Jennifer Irish
NSF Award ID:  0936595

NEESR Payload: Determining the Added Hazard Potential of Tsunamis by Interaction with Ocean Swell and Wind Waves
PI: James Kaihatu (Texas A&M University)
NSF Award ID: 0936579

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Smart Sediment Grains and the Incipient Motion of Coastal Heterogeneous Sediments
PI: Diane Foster (University of New Hampshire)
NSF Award ID: 0933409

NEESR II: Mitigating the Risk of Coastal Infrastructure through understanding Tsunami-Structure Interaction and Modeling
PIs: John van de Lindt (Colorado State University), Francisco Aguiniga (Texas A&M University Kingsville), Rakesh Gupta (Oregon State University), Dan Cox (Oregon State Univeristy)  
NSF Award ID: 0830378