Ocean Wave Research Interests for Civil and Military Applications in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Ty Hesser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Event Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 3:00pm
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SCMSS Seminar Series


A)The Wave Information Studies (WIS) Program in the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory is responsible for the generation of 30+ years of wave parameters at locations along all coastlines in the U.S. These wave estimates are used in the planning and testing of Corps of Engineer coastal engineering projects around the country. The process of validating wave estimates is vital to ensure the accuracy of WIS wave estimates. The method of validation for WIS wave estimates is presented including the use of point source buoy measurements and satellite altimeter.

B)The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center is responsible for supporting the engineering needs of the armed forces. An important need for the U.S. armed forces is a method of modeling nearshore processes in regions with very limited data. A method was developed to use coupled nearshore numerical wave and current models along with a front-end framework to gather initial and boundary conditions from available sources. Additionally, a limitation to data poor regions is accurate nearshore bathymetry. A method of bathymetric inversion is presented in which an ensemble modeling method is used to determine a more accurate bathymetry from remotely sensed wave parameters.

Speaker Information

Tyler earned his BS in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University in 2004. He earned his MS and Ph.D. in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Florida in 2007 and 2010. In 2007, Tyler received the Department of Defense (DOD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship. Since 2011, Tyler has worked as a Research Hydraulic Engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. Tyler has primarily worked as a numerical wave modeler on the Wave Information Studies for the Army Corps of Engineers, but he has had numerous external collaborations with FEMA, NOAA, SCRIPPS Institute of Oceanography, and multiple branches of the U.S. Armed forces.