Associate Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Gangfeng Ma

NORFOLK, 23529

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, (2012)

M.S. in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, (2006)

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, (2003)

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Ma, G. "How Do Climate Change And Sea Level Rise Affect The Extreme Wave Heights In The Chesapeake Bay?" $5,499. Other. June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017
Ma, G. "Collaborative Research: The interaction of waves, tidal currents and river outflows and their effects on the delivery and resuspension of sediments in the near field. Federal. September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2016


Coastal Engineering

Research Interests

Estuarine and Coastal Hydrodynamics, Coastal Hazard Assessment, Sediment Transport Dynamics, Wetland Hydrodynamics, Sea Level Rise Impacts, Computational Fluid Dynamics


Niroomandi, A., Ma, G., Ye, X., Lou, S. and Xue, P. (2018). Extreme value analysis of wave climate in Chesapeake Bay. Ocean Engineering 159 , pp. 22-36.
Lou, S., Liu, S. G., Ma, G., Zhong, G. H. and Li, B. (2018). Fully integrated modeling of surface water and groundwater in coastal areas. Journal of Hydrodynamics 30 (3) , pp. 441-452.
Su, S. F. and Ma, G. (2018). Modeling two-dimensional infragravity motions on a fringing reef. Ocean Engineering 153 , pp. 256-267.
Sha, L., Shuguang, L., Chaomeng, D., An, T., Bo, T., Ma, G., Chalov, R. S. and Chalov, S. R. (2017). Heavy metal distribution and groundwater quality assessment for a coastal area on a chinese island. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 26 (2) , pp. 733-745.
Lou, S., Liu, S., Dai, C., Tao, A., Tan, B., Ma, G., Chalov, R. Sergeeyvich. and Chalov, S. Romanovich. (2017). Heavy Metal Distribution and Groundwater Quality Assessment for a Coastal Area on a Chinese Island.. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 26 (3).
Keshtpoor, M., Puleo, J. A.., Shi, F. and Ma, G. (2015). 3D numerical simulation of turbulence and sediment transport within a tidal inlet. Coastal Engineering 96 , pp. 13-26.
Ma, G., Kirby, J. T.., Hsu, T. and Shi, F. (2015). A two-layer granular landslide model for tsunami wave generation: Theory and computation. Ocean Modelling 93 , pp. 40-55.
Su, S. F.., Ma, G. and Tsu, T. W.. (2015). Boussinesq modeling of spatial variability of infragravity waves on Fringing reefs. Ocean Engineering 101 , pp. 78-92.
Grilli, S. T.., O'Reilly, C., Harris, J. C.., Bakhsh, T. T.., Tehranirad, B., Kirby, J. T.., Baxter, C., Eggeling, T., Ma, G. and Shi, F. (2015). Modeling of SMF tsunami hazard along the upper US East Coast: Detailed impact around Ocean City, MD. Natural Hazards 76 , pp. 705-746.
Tian, M., Sheremet, A., Kaihatu, J. M.. and Ma, G. (2015). On the shoaling of solitary waves in the presence of short random waves. Journal of Physical Oceanography 45 , pp. 792-806.
Tappin, D. R.., Grilli, S. T.., Harris, J. C.., Geller, R. J.., Masterlark, T., Kirby, J. T.., Shi, F., Ma, G., Thingbaijam, K. K.S.. and Mai, P. M.. (2014). Did a submarine landslide contribute to the 2011 Tohoku tsunami?. Marine Geology 357 , pp. 344-361.
Ma, G., Shi, F., Hsiao, S. C.. and Wu, Y. T.. (2014). Non-hydrostatic modeling of wave interactions with porous structures. Coastal Engineering 91 , pp. 84-98.
Ma, G., Su, S. F.., Liu, S. and Chu, J. C.. (2014). Numerical simulation of infragravity waves in fringing reefs using a shock-capturing non-hydrostatic model. Ocean Engineering (85) , pp. 54-64.
Ma, G., Chou, Y. Ju. and Shi, F. (2014). A wave-resolving model for nearshore suspended sediment transport. Ocean Modelling 77 , pp. 33-49.
Ma, G., Shi, F., Liu, S. and Qi, D. (2013). Migration of sediment deposition due to the construction of large-scale structures in Changjiang Estuary. Applied Ocean Research 43 , pp. 148-156.
Ma, G., Kirby, J. E. and Shi, F. (2013). Numerical simulation of tsunami waves generated by deformable submarine landslides. Ocean Modelling 69 , pp. 146-165.
Ma, G., Kirby, J. T.., Su, S., Figlus, J. and Shi, F. (2013). Numerical study of turbulence and wave damping induced by vegetation canopies. Coastal Engineering 80 , pp. 68-78.
Ma, G., Shi, F. and Kirby, J. T.. (2012). Shock-capturing non-hydrostatic model for fully dispersive surface wave processes. Ocean Modelling 43-44 , pp. 22-35.
Sheng, Y., Lapetina, A. and Ma, G. (2012). The reduction of storm surge by vegetation canopies: Three-dimensional simulations. Geophysical Research Letter 39 (L20601) , pp. doi: 10.1029/2012GL053577.
Ma, G., Shi, F. and Kirby, J. T.. (2011). A polydisperse two-fluid model for surf zone bubble simulation. Journal of Geophysical Research 116 (C05010) , pp. doi: 10.1029/2010JC006667.
Ma, G., Shi, F., Liu, S. and Qi, D. (2011). Hydrodynamic modeling of Changjiang Estuary: model skill assessment and large-scale structure impacts. Applied Ocean Research 33 , pp. 69-78.
Shi, F., Kirby, J. T.. and Ma, G. (2010). Modeling quiescent phase transport of air bubbles induced by breaking waves. Ocean Modelling 35 , pp. 105-117.
Ma, G., Liu, S. and Qi, D. (2007). Study of back-silting strength in the northern passage channel of Changjiang Estuary. Acta Oceanologica Sinica 26 , pp. 56-64.
Ma, G., Liu, S. and Qi, D. (2006). Three dimensional hydrodynamic model of Yangtze Estuary. Journal of Hydrodynamics 21 , pp. 53-61.
  • 2013 ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow,