Coastal and Environmental Hydrodynamics and Coastal Studies

Dr. Ioannis Y Georgiou

The physical environment of the Louisiana Coastal Zone is composed of barrier island chains, wetlands, marshes and numerous estuaries and bays. The complexity of these systems presents intriguing and extreme hydraulic challenges in describing fluid motion, and subsequently the fate and transport of sediments, nutrients, contaminants and other waterborne constituents.

Coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics and transport and coastal studies within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New Orleans provide students the opportunity to pursue a wide range of theoretical and applied research interests.

 Examples of current research include:

  • Tidal and wind induced circulation in lakes and estuaries, and resulting transport of salinity, temperature, sediments, and other constituents.
  • Studies of freshwater diversions for the restoration of coastal wetlands using numerical modeling tools (hydrodynamics/transport).
  • Wave dynamics and long-shore/cross-shore transport studies and their relationship to the stability of barrier islands and beaches.
  • Dynamics in regions of freshwater influence; mixing and dilution of buoyant discharges and the fate/transport of contaminants in surface waters.
  • Hydrodynamics and sedimentation in riverine and deltaic systems.

Coastal and Environmental Hydrodynamics Lab