The Coastal Laboratory houses the Old Dominion University Coastal Engineering Centre and equipped with a two-dimensional random wave basin (60 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft.), a dedicated PC-based wave maker control, and a data acquisition and storage system. Coastal engineering activities also make use of the surrounding field environment for field measurements including a nearshore, directional wave gauge at Virginia Beach in the Atlantic Ocean.
Gangfeng Ma, Director
Current research at Old Dominion University's Coastal Engineering Institute includes study of ocean surface waves and their interactions with coastal sediments and structures, dynamics of stratified flows in ocean and estuarine environment, and the impact of sea-level rise on coastal processes.
The Environmental Hydrodynamics Group (EHG) focuses on interdisciplinary research on coastal and ocean hydrodynamics and the vulnerabilities of coastal infrastructure to changing coastal forces.