Coastal Engineering Laboratory 
Ocean Engineering

Education : M.S. 1980 (civil engng.), M.S. 1983 (oceanography), Ph.D 1985 (hydraulic and ocean engng.), University of Liège (Belgium).

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Main areas of research, work, and teaching

Coastal engineering (wave modeling and experiments, wave-structure-bottom interactions, wave breaking, freak waves, wave-induced sediment transport, tsunami impact, geohazards); numerical modeling of ship waves; numerical modeling (Boundary Element Method); porous and random media flows, multi-phase flows; underwater acoustic propagation/instrumentation (see résumé for detail : [work])


Stéphan T. Grilli, Distinguished Professor of Ocean Engineering, was educated at the University of Liège (Belgium), where he received an M.S. in civil engineering in 1980, an M.S. in physical oceanography in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Applied Sciences ( Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering ) in 1985. After two years as a research associate at the University of Liège, in 1987, he joined the Civil Engineering department (Ocean Engineering Group ) of the University of Delaware as a research assistant professor. He joined the faculty at URI in 1991 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1993 and to professor in 1998. Dr. Grilli served as Chair of the Department of Ocean engineering, from 2002 to 2008. (Details of : [positions] ).

Since 1983, Dr. Grilli traveled extensively. He was a visiting professor in Rabat (Morocco), in Santander (Spain), in Nantes (ECN) Toulon (LSEET, ISITV) and Nice (INLN) (France), Braunschweig (Germany), and an invited lecturer in China, Denmark, and England (Details of : [visiting positions]). He attended and made presentations at over 80 international meetings, most of them in foreign countries. Doing so, he delivered many invited lectures, and often served as a session chair ( Details of : [presentations]). In 1986, he received the University of Liège Alumni award and the Gustav Magnel award (Brussels), both for his Ph.D. dissertation, and the Fernand de Waele award in Brussels in 1990, for his post-doctoral research. He also received the Duesberg-Baily Foundation award in Verviers, in 1987, and the ATMA award in Paris, in 1984. In 1992, he was awarded the Estelle and Vincent Murphy Award for excellence in engineering by the URI College of Engineering (Details of : [awards]).

Over the past twenty years, Dr. Grilli, has gradually developed a specialization of his research and teaching interests in the general area of coastal engineering. Within this area, however, he has broad academic and research interests ranging from computational wave and fluid dynamics, coastal and surf-zone modeling and wave-structure interaction, to porous and poro-elastic media flows. He has thus designed and taught courses in hydromechanics, marine hydrodynamics, wave and advanced wave mechanics, littoral processes, coastal modeling, and wave structure-interaction (List of : [courses]; Details of : [courses]). Dr. Grilli is very involved with both the US and international coastal an ocean engineering research community. From 1996 to 2004, he served on the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Waterways, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering and since 2003, he has served as associate editor of the International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering (IJOPE). Since 2001, he has been on the scientific committee of the ISOPE conference series, within which he served as the chairman of the Numerical Wave Tank group (2000-02) and since 2003 as the chairman of the Hydrodynamic Committee. Dr. Grilli has worked on long wave runup since the early 1990's and, since 1998, on tsunamis generated by underwater landslides. More recently, following the 12/26/04 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Dr. Grilli helped organize and participated in an expedition to the area of the epicenter of the 12/26/04 tsunami (SEATOS: summary, webpage). The expedition was featured in a 2h Discovery Channel special in December 2005. Follwoing this, Dr. Grilli's work was featured in various other TV or radio shows, as well as in many newspaper article and web posting. He has since been quite involved with the modeling of that event and the forecasting of tsunami hazard in the region, as well as in Northern USA. A short animation of modeling results for the 12/26/04 tsunami can be found in (1.5Gb) (See details at [tsunami]).

Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. Grilli has also maintained a strong research interest in the Boundary Element Method (BEM), both at the fundamental and application levels. In many of his research projects, he used the BEM to solve wave modeling and other flow problems, more recently in combination (or coupling) with other numerical methods such as VOF. Dr. Grilli has been involved as well with the international BEM research community. He serves on the editorial board of the journals : Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements (EABE, since 1989). He was co-Chairman and editor of the proceedings of BETECH90 (the 5th International Conference on Boundary Element Technology), and has been a regular member of scientific committees of international conference series devoted to boundary elements and computational modeling such as BEM (since 1990), and BETECH (since 1991). In 1990, he served as guest editor for a special issue of EABE on nonlinear wave analysis (Details of : [professional societies] [editorial board] [scientific committees]).

Research Sponsorship

Complete list of : [grants]     Current list of : [research projects]

Dr. Grilli's recent research activity has been supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Science Foundation (NSF), various state agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Dr. Grilli's recent research is primarily directed at wave analysis in coastal areas and wave interaction with submerged and emerged coastal structures, including wave-induced sediment transport around partly buried mines, freak wave generation and impact on structures, topographic wave breaking and properties of breaking waves, waves generated by FastShips (surface effect ships). A great deal of Dr. Grilli's recent of research is also related to tsunami generation (long waves) and tsunami propagation, and geohazard in coastal areas (more details in : [wave] [tsunami] ).

Over the years, Dr. Grilli developed several computer models using the BEM, initially for linear wave propagation, floating body dynamics in waves, and porous media flows. After joining the University of Delaware, in collaboration with Dr. Svendsen, he developed a two-dimensional (2D) computer model for nonlinear wave propagation over arbitrary bottom geometry, up to overturning and breaking in nearshore area. This model has since been undertaken many additional stages of both development and refinement and is now recognized as one of the state-of-the-art models (i.e., "Numerical Wave Tank") for calculating wave propagation, shoaling, breaking and runup. NSF supported the model documentation and maintenance. Since 1999, Dr. Grilli developed a three-dimensional (3D) fully nonlinear model using a higher-order BEM, which truly constitutes a Numerical Wave Tank (NWT). This 3D-NWT has been applied to a variety of wave generation and propagation problems (topographic wave shoaling and breaking, landslide tsunami generaiton, freak wave generation). Both the 2D- and 3D-NWTs have been coupled to other models solving Navier-Stokes (NS) equations (based on VOF or VOF-LES methods), to study post-breaking waves and wave induced sediment transport.

SeaGrant initially supported analyses, using the 2D model, of characteristics of shoaling and breaking (mostly solitary) waves over a beach in connection with surfzone dynamics, and NRL supported the application of the 2D model to periodic wave shoaling and breaking over arbitrary bottom topography. As part of an ONR project, the model was used to calculate periodic wave shoaling and breaking over beaches (with and without a bar) and develop Depth-Inversion-Algorithms for predicting the bottom topography in shallow water, based on characteristics of surface waves measured by remote sensing. NSF supported the application of the 3D model to landslide tsunami and freak wave generation. ONR suported the study of wave-induced sediment tranport. Various other problems (e.g., coupling, freak waves) were also tackled as part of international collaborations (LSEET, ENS-CACHANS,...). Dr. Grilli has maintained research collaborations with the University of Delaware ocean group, where laboratory experiments were performed at various stages of the 2D model validation. In 1998-99, while on sabbatical in France (University of Toulon and Institut Nonlineaire of Nice), Dr. Grilli developed the initial 3D version of his fully nonlinear breaking wave model, as well as worked on coupling the two-dimensional model to a VOF model for breaking and post-breaking waves. Various subsequent developments of both the 2D- and 3D-NWTS and applications of these to new problems, were then carried out in collaboration with French colleagues (see more details in : [wave]).

Dr. Grilli has investigated other directions for extending the above calculations to the analysis of ship wave resistance, kinematics of random waves, wave interaction with porous seabed and structures [porous], and tsunami generated by underwater landslides and slumps [tsunami]. In addition, since 1993, Dr. Grilli has broaden his interest to the study of other types of waves and interfacial motions. Under US Coast Guard and then MMS funding, he developed a model of oil containment by booms, including the study of Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities at the interface between oil and water [boom]. Under ONR funding, in collaboration with Dr. Stepanishen, he developed a BEM model for the underwater acoustic propagation in coastal regions [acoustics]. In collaboration with Dr. Spaulding, he participated in the implementation of a state-of-the-art linear wave model in a real time coastal forecasting system [COASTMAP].

Selected Publications (2008-2019)

Since 1980, Dr. Grilli has published over 13 chapters in books and edited books. He has published over 87 refereed journal articles, 149 refereed proceeding articles, 63 non-refereed proceedings articles and abstracts, and 55 research reports. Below is a list of selected publications of the past 10 years (see complete list in résumé by connecting below) :

Full lists of :   [chapters] [journal articles] [refereed proceedings] [non-refereed proceedings] [research reports]

2008 :

Abadie, S., Morichon, D., Grilli, S.T. and Glockner, S. 2008. VOF/Navier-Stokes numerical modeling of surface waves generated by subaerial landslides. La Houille Blanche, 1 (Feb. 2008), 21-26, doi:10.1051/lhb:2008001. [pdf]  (0.23M).

Tappin, D.R., Watts, P., Grilli, S.T. 2008. The Papua New Guinea tsunami of 1998: anatomy of a catastrophic event. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 8, 243-266. [pdf]  (4.7M).

Pomeau, Y., M. Le Berre, P. Guyenne and S.T. Grilli 2008. Wave breaking and generic singularities of nonlinear hyperbolic equations. Nonlinearity, 21, T61-T79, doi: 10.1088/0951-7715/21/5/T01. [pdf]  (364K).

Sung, H.G. and Grilli, S.T. 2008. BEM Computations of 3D Fully Nonlinear Free Surface Flows Caused by Advancing Surface Disturbances. Intl. J. Offshore and Polar Engng., 18(4), 292-301. [pdf]  (1,200K).

Grilli, S.T. 2008. On the Development and Application of Hybrid Numerical Models in Nonlinear Free Surface Hydrodynamics. Keynote lecture in Proc. 8th Intl. Conf. on Hydrodynamics (Nantes, France, September 2008) (P. Ferrant and X.B. Chen, eds.), pps. 21-50. ICHD2008 Local Organizing Committee Publications. [pdf]  (3.2Mb).

2009 :

Grilli, S.T., Taylor, O.-D. S., Baxter, D.P. and S. Maretzki 2009. Probabilistic approach for determining submarine landslide tsunami hazard along the upper East Coast of the United States. Marine Geology , 264(1-2), 74-97, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2009.02.010. [pdf]  (2Mb).

Grilli, S.T., Harris, J. and N. Greene 2009. Modeling of Wave-induced Sediment Transport around Obstacles. In Proc. 31st Intl. Coastal Engng. Conf. (J. Mc Kee Smith, ed.) (ICCE08, Hamburg, Germany, September, 2008), pps. 1,638-1,650. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. [pdf]  (1.1Mb).

Bastien, S.P., Sepe R.B., Grilli A.R., Grilli S.T., and M.L. Spaulding 2009. Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting Buoy for Sensors. In Proc. IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE09, San Jose CA, September, 2009), pps 3718-3725, doi: 978-1-4244-2893-9/09/. [pdf]  (436Kb).

2010 :

Grilli, S.T., Dias, F., Guyenne, P., Fochesato, C. and F. Enet 2010. Progress In Fully Nonlinear Potential Flow Modeling Of 3D Extreme Ocean Waves. Chapter 3 in Advances in Numerical Simulation of Nonlinear Water Waves (ISBN: 978-981-283-649-6, edited by Q.W. Ma) (Vol. 11 in Series in Advances in Coastal and Ocean Engineering). World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., pps. 75- 128. [pdf]  (8.6Mb).

Abadie, S., Morichon, D., Grilli, S.T. and Glockner, S. 2010. Numerical simulation of waves generated by landslides using a multiple-fluid Navier-Stokes model. Coastal Engineering , 57, 779-794, doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2010.03.003. [pdf]  (1.8Mb).

Grilli, S.T., S. Dubosq, N. Pophet, Y. Pérignon, J.T. Kirby and F. Shi 2010. Numerical simulation and first-order hazard analysis of large co-seismic tsunamis generated in the Puerto Rico trench: near-field impact on the North shore of Puerto Rico and far-field impact on the US East Coast. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 10, 2109-2125, doi:10.5194/nhess-2109-2010.   [pdf]  (14.9Mb).

2011 :

Guerber, E., M. Benoit, S.T. Grilli, and C. Buvat 2011. Nonlinear modelling of interaction of waves with a moving submerged body. Revue Paralia, 4, 2.13-2-23.    [pdf]  (434Kb).

Grilli, S.T., C.-A. Guérin and B. Goldstein 2011. Ocean wave reconstruction algorithms based on spatio-temporal data acquired by a flash LIDAR camera. In Proc. 21st Offshore and Polar Engng. Conf. (ISOPE11, Maui, HI, USA, June 19-24, 2011), pps. 275-282, Intl. Society of Offshore and Polar Engng.   [pdf]  (360kb).

Grilli, S.T., A.R. Grilli, S.P. Bastien, R.B. Sepe, Jr., M.L. Spaulding 2011. Small Buoys for Energy Harvesting : Experimental and Numerical Modeling Studies. In Proc. 21st Offshore and Polar Engng. Conf. (ISOPE11, Maui, HI, USA, June 19-24, 2011), pps. 598-605, Intl. Society of Offshore and Polar Engng.   [pdf]  (348kb).

Tehranirad, B., Shi, F., Kirby, J.T., Harris, J. C. and S.T. Grilli 2011. Tsunami benchmark results for fully nonlinear Boussinesq wave model FUNWAVE-TVD. Version 1.0. Research Report no. CACR-11-02, Center for Applied Coastal Research, University of Delaware.

2012 :

Harris, J.C. and S.T. Grilli 2012. A perturbation approach to large-eddy simulation of wave-induced bottom boundary layer flows. Intl. J. Numer. Meth. Fluids, 68, 1,574-1,604, doi:10.1002/fld.2553     [pdf]  (1.8Mb).

Shi, F., J.T. Kirby, J.C. Harris, J.D. Geiman and S.T. Grilli 2012. A High-Order Adaptive Time-Stepping TVD Solver for Boussinesq Modeling of Breaking Waves and Coastal Inundation. Ocean Modeling, 43-44, 36-51, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2011.12.004     [pdf]  (1.7Mb).

Guerber, E., M. Benoit, S.T. Grilli and C. Buvat 2012. A fully nonlinear implicit model for wave interactions with submerged structures in forced or free motion. Engng. Analysis with Boundary Elemts., 36, 1,151-1,163, doi:10.1016/j.enganabound.2012.02.005     [pdf]  (1.4Mb).

Abadie, S., J.C. Harris, S.T. Grilli and R. Fabre 2012. Numerical modeling of tsunami waves generated by the flank collapse of the Cumbre Vieja Volcano (La Palma, Canary Islands) : tsunami source and near field effects. J. Geophys. Res., 117, C05030, doi:10.1029/2011JC007646     [pdf]  (3.1Mb).

Janssen, C.F., S.T. Grilli and Krafczyk, M. 2012. Efficient simulations of long wave propagation and runup using a LBM approach on GPGPU hardware. In Proc. 22nd Offshore and Polar Engng. Conf. (ISOPE12, Rodos, Greece, June 17-22, 2012), Intl. Society of Offshore and Polar Engng., 145-152.   [pdf]  (870kb).

2013 :

Grilli, S.T., J.C. Harris, T. Tajalibakhsh, T.L. Masterlark, C. Kyriakopoulos, J.T. Kirby and F. Shi 2013. Numerical simulation of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami based on a new transient FEM co-seismic source: Comparison to far- and near-field observations Pure and Applied Geophysics, 170, 1333-1359, doi:10.1007/s00024-012-0528-y   (published online 7/24/12).    [pdf]  (2.2Mb).

Janssen, C.F., S.T. Grilli and M. Krafczyk 2013. On enhanced non-linear free surface flow simulations with a hybrid LBM-VOF approach. Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 65(2), 211-229, doi:10.1016/j.camwa.2012.05.012  (published online 7/12/12).    [pdf]  (3.3Mb).

Kirby, J.T., Shi, F., Tehranirad, B., Harris, J.C. and Grilli, S.T. 2013. Dispersive tsunami waves in the ocean: Model equations and sensitivity to dispersion and Coriolis effects. Ocean Modeling, 62, 39-55, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2012.11.009 .    [pdf]  (3.3Mb).

Morra G., R. Geller, S.T. Grilli, S.-I. Karato, S. King, S.-M. Lee, P. Tackley, and D. Yuen 2013. Growing Understanding of Subduction Dynamics Indicates Need to Rethink Seismic Hazards. EOS Transaction American Geophys. Union 94(13), 125-126, doi:10.1002/2013EO130008    [pdf]  (1.6Mb).

Nimmala, S.B., S.C. Yim and S.T. Grilli 2013. An Efficient Parallelized 3-D FNPF Numerical Wave Tank for Large-Scale Wave Basin Experiment Simulation. J. Offshore Mech. and Arctic Engng., 135(2), 021104, 10 pps., doi:10.1115/1.4007597     [pdf]  (7.4Mb).

Baldwin K., Merrill, M.L., Grilli, S.T., Howes, B.L. and D.G. MacDonald 2013. Marine Renewable Energy Technologies in 2013. Marine Technology Society Journal, 47(4), 7-8.

Gemme, D.A., Bastien, S.P., Sepe R.B., Montgomery J., Grilli S.T. and Grilli A.R. 2013. Experimental Testing and Model Validation for Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting Buoys. In Proc. IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE13, Denver CO, September, 2013), paper 1407, 337-343. doi: 10.1109/ECCE.2013.6646720. [pdf]  (1.8Mb).

2014 :

Nouguier F., Grilli S.T. and C.-A. Guérin 2014. Nonlinear ocean wave reconstruction algorithms based on spatiotemporal data acquired by a flash LIDAR camera. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 52(3), 1761-1771, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2013.2254494  [pdf]

Banari A., Janssen C., Grilli S.T. and M. Krafczyk 2014. Efficient GPGPU implementation of a Lattice Boltzmann Model for multiphase flows with high density ratios. Computers and Fluids, 93, 1-17 doi: 10.1016/j.compfluid.2014.01.004  [pdf]

Tappin D.R., Grilli S.T., Harris J.C., Geller R.J., Masterlark T., Kirby J.T., F. Shi, G. Ma, K.K.S. Thingbaijamg, and P.M. Maig 2014. Did a submarine landslide contribute to the 2011 Tohoku tsunami ?, Marine Geology, 357, 344-361 doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.09.043  (open access).

Harris J.C. and Grilli, S.T. 2014. Large eddy simulation of sediment transport over rippled beds. Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 21, 1,169-1,184, doi:10.5194/npg-21-1169-2014  (open access).

Horrillo J., Grilli S.T., Nicolsky D., Roeber V., and J. Zhang 2014. Performance Benchmarking Tsunami Operational Models for NTHMP's' Inundation Mapping Activities. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172, 869-884, doi: 10.1007/s00024-014-0891-y  [pdf]

Banari A., Janssen C.F., and Grilli S.T. 2014. An efficient lattice Boltzmann multiphase model for 3D flows with large density ratios at high Reynolds numbers. Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 68, 1819-1843, doi:10.1016/j.camwa.2014.10.009  [pdf]

2015 :

Grilli S.T., O'Reilly C., Harris J.C., Tajalli-Bakhsh T., Tehranirad B., Banihashemi S., Kirby J.T., Baxter C.D.P., Eggeling T., Ma G. and F. Shi 2015. Modeling of SMF tsunami hazard along the upper US East Coast: Detailed impact around Ocean City, MD. Natural Hazards, 76(2), 705-746, doi: 10.1007/s11069-014-1522-8  (published online 11/15/14).   [pdf]

Dombre E., Benoit M., Violeau D., Peyrard C. and Grilli S.T. 2015. Simulation of floating structure dynamics in waves by implicit coupling of a fully nonlinear potential flow model and a rigid body motion approach. Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy, 1, 55-76, doi: 10.1007/s40722-014-0006-y  (published online 11/13/14).   [pdf]

Banari A., Mauzole Y., Hara T., Grilli S.T. and C.F. Janssen 2015. The simulation of turbulent particle-laden channel flow by the Lattice Boltzmann method. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 79(10), 491-513, doi: 10.1002/fld.4058  (published online 06/16/15).   [pdf]

Tehranirad B., Harris J.C., Grilli A.R., Grilli S.T., Abadie S., Kirby J.T. and F. Shi 2015. Far-field tsunami impact in the north Atlantic basin from large scale flank collapses of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 172(12), 3,589-3,616 doi:10.1007/s00024-015-1135-5  (published online 07/21/15).   [pdf]

2016 :

Grilli, S.T., Grilli A.R., David, E. and C. Coulet 2016. Tsunami Hazard Assessment along the North Shore of Hispaniola from far- and near-field Atlantic sources. Natural Hazards, 82(2), 777-810, doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2218-z (published online 2/19/2016).

Hashemi, M.R., Grilli, S.T. and S.P. Neill 2016. A simplified method to estimate tidal current effects on the ocean wave power resourc;e. Renewable Energy, 96, 257-269 doi:10.1016/j.renene.2016.04.073 (published online 5/6/2016; open access).

Grilli, S.T., Grosdidier S. and C.-A. Guérin 2016. Tsunami detection by High Frequency Radar beyond the continental shelf. I. Algorithms and validation on idealized case studies. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 173(12), 3,895-3,934, doi: 10.1007/s00024-015-1193-8 (published online 10/28/15).

Shelby, M., Grilli, S. T. and Grilli, A. R., 2016. Tsunami hazard assessment in the Hudson River Estuary based on dynamic tsunami tide simulations. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 173(12), 3,999-4,037, doi:10.1007/s00024-016-1315-y (published online 5/24/16).

Harris J.C., Dombre E., Mivehchi A., Benoit M., Grilli S.T. and C. Peyrard 2016. Progress in fully nonlinear wave modeling for wave-structure interaction. In Proc. 15th Journée de l'hydrodynamique (JH2016) (November 22-24, Brest, France), 12pps. [pdf]  (2.3Mb).

O'Reilly C.M., Grilli S.T., Harris J.C., Mivehchi A., Janssen C.F. and J. Dahl 2016. Development of a hybrid LBM-potential flow model for Naval Hydrodynamics. In Proc. 15th Journée de l'hydrodynamique (JH2016) (November 22-24, Brest, France), 15pps. [pdf]  (2Mb).

2017 :

Grilli, S.T., Shelby, M., Kimmoun, O., Dupont, G., Nicolsky, D., Ma, G., Kirby, J. and F. Shi 2017. Modeling coastal tsunami hazard from submarine mass failures: effect of slide rheology, experimental validation, and case studies off the US East coast. Natural Hazards, 86(1), 353-391, doi:10.1007/s11069-016-2692-3 (published online 12/01/16).

Lynett, P., and 37 alii 2017. Inter-Model Analysis of Tsunami-Induced Coastal Currents. Ocean Modeling, 114, 14-32, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.04.003.

Grilli, S.T., Guérin, C.-A., Shelby, M., Grilli, A., P. Moran, Grosdidier, S. and T.L. Insua 2017. Tsunami detection by High Frequency Radar beyond the continental shelf: II. Extension of algorithms and validation on realistic case studies. Pure and Appl. Geophys., 174(1), 3,003-3,028, doi:10.1007/s00024-017-1619-6 (published online 7/21/17).

Grilli, S.T., Grilli, A.R., Tehranirad, B. and J.T. Kirby 2017. Modeling tsunami sources and their propagation in the Atlantic Ocean for coastal tsunami hazard assessment and inundation mapping along the US East Coast. In Proc. Coastal Structures and Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2015 : Tsunamis (Boston, USA. September 9-11, 2015), American Soc. Civil Eng., pps. 1-12 [pdf]  (2.9Mb).

Abdolali A., Kirby J.T., Bellotti G., Grilli, S.T. and J.C. Harris 2017. Hydro-acoustic Wave Generation During the Tohoku-oki 2011 Earthquake. In Proc. Coastal Structures and Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2015 : Tsunamis (Boston, USA. September 9-11, 2015), American Soc. Civil Eng., pps. 24-34 [pdf]  (13.3Mb).

Tehranirad, B., Kirby J. T., S. T. Grilli and F. Shi 2017. Does morphological adjustment during tsunami inundation increase levels of hazard ?. In Proc. Coastal Structures and Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2015 : Tsunamis (Boston, USA. September 9-11, 2015), American Soc. Civil Eng., pps. 145-153 [pdf]  (0.4Mb).

Mivehchi A., J.C. Harris, S.T. Grilli, J.M. Dahl, C.M. O'Reilly, K. Kuznetsov and C.F. Janssen 2017. A hybrid solver based on efficient BEM-potential and LBM-NS models: recent BEM developments and applications to naval hydrodynamics. In Proc. 27th Offshore and Polar Engng. Conf. (ISOPE17, San Francsico, USA. June 2017), Intl. Society of Offshore and Polar Engng., pps. 721-728 [pdf].

O'Reilly C.M., S.T. Grilli, J.C. Harris, A. Mivehchi, C.F. Janssen and J.M. Dahl 2017. A Hybrid Solver Based on Efficient BEM-potential and LBM-NS Models: Recent LBM Developments and Applications to Naval Hydrodynamics. In Proc. 27th Offshore and Polar Engng. Conf. (ISOPE17, San Francsico, USA. June 2017), Intl. Society of Offshore and Polar Engng., pps. 713-720 [pdf].

Harris J.C., K. Kuznetsov, C. Peyrard, A. Mivehchi, S.T. Grilli and M. Benoit 2017. Simulation of wave forces on a gravity based foundation by a BEM based on fully nonlinear potential flow. In Proc. 27th Offshore and Polar Engng. Conf. (ISOPE17, San Francsico, USA. June 2017), Intl. Society of Offshore and Polar Engng., pps. 1,033-1,040 [pdf].

Mivehchi A., S.T. Grilli, J.M. Dahl, C.M. O'Reilly, J.C. Harris, K. Kuznetsov and C.F. Janssen 2017. Hybrid fully nonlinear BEM-LBM numerical wave tank with applications in naval hydrodynamics. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 62, doi:

Kirby, J.T., F., Shi, F., S.T. Grilli, Nemati, F., and B. Tehranirad 2017. NTHMP Current Benchmark Workshop: FUNWAVE-TVD results. Research Report no. CACR-16-01. NTHMP Award, #NA14NWS4670041, National Weather Service Program Office, 82 pps. [pdf]  

Zhang, C., Tehranirad. B., Kirby, J.T., Derakhti, M., Nemati, F. Grilli, S.T., Gangfeng, M. and F. Shi 2017. Tsunami Benchmark Results for the Non-Hydrostatic Wave Model NHWAVE, Version 2.0. Research Report no. CACR-17-03. NTHMP Award, #NA14NWS4670041, National Weather Service Program Office, 48 pps. [pdf]  

2018 :

Guérin C.-A. and S.T. Grilli 2018. A probabilistic method for the estimation of ocean surface currents from short time series of HF radar data. Ocean Modeling, 121(1), 105-116, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2017.11.010 (published online 12/05/17).

Schambach, L., Grilli, A.R., Grilli, S.T., Hashemi, M.R., and J. King 2018. Assessing the impact of extreme storms on barrier beaches along the Atlantic coastline : Application to the southern Rhode Island coast. Coastal Engineering, 133, 26-42, (published online 12/21/17).

Guérin C.-A., S.T. Grilli, P. Moran, A.R. Grilli, T.L. Insua 2018. Tsunami detection by High Frequency Radar in British Columbia: performance assessment of the Time-Correlation Algorithm for synthetic and real events. Ocean Dynamics, 68(4-5), 423-438, (published online 2/20/18).

Schambach L., Grilli S.T., Kirby J.T. and F. Shi 2018. Landslide tsunami hazard along the upper US East Coast: effects of slide rheology, bottom friction, and frequency dispersion. Pure and Applied Geophys., pps. 1-40, (published online 09/03/18).

Nemati F., Grilli S.T., Ioualalen M., Boschetti L., Larroque L. and J. Trevisan 2018. High-resolution coastal hazard assessment along the French Riviera from co-seismic tsunamis generated in the Ligurian fault system. Natural Hazards, pps. 1-34, (published online 12/15/18).

Hayward S., Hashemi M.R., Torres M., Grilli A.R., Grilli S.T., King J., Baxter C. and M.L. Spaulding 2018. Numerical simulation of coastal erosion and its mitigation by living shoreline methods: case study in southern Rhode Island. J. American Shore and Beach Preservation Assoc., 86(4), 13-25.[pdf]  

Harris J.C., O'Reilly C.M., Mivehchi A., Kuznetsov K., Janssen C.F., Grilli S.T. and J.M. Dahl 2018. Hybrid modeling of wave structure interaction with overlapping viscous-inviscid domains. In Proc. 33rd Intl. Workshop Water Waves and Floating Bodies (IWWWFB18, Guidel-Plages, France, April 4-7, 2018), 4 pps. [pdf]  

Desmars, N., Pérignon, Y., Ducrozet, G., Guérin C.-A., Grilli, S.T. and P. Ferrant 2018. Phase-resolved reconstruction algorithm and deterministic prediction of nonlinear ocean waves from spatio-temporal optical measurements. In Proc. ASME 2018 Intl. Conf. Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engng. (OMAE 2018, Madrid, Spain, June 17-22, 2018), Paper 78367, 12 pps. [pdf]  

Grilli, S.T., Dahl, J.M., Grilli, A.R. and S.C. Steele 2018. Real-time sea-state estimation from inertial measurements of a ship's motions. In Proc. 16th Journée de l'hydrodynamique (JH2018) (November 27-29, Marseille, France), 12 pps. [pdf].

Desmars, N., Pérignon, Y., Ducrozet, G., Guérin C.-A., Grilli, S.T. and P. Ferrant 2018. Phase-resolved prediction of nonlinear ocean wave fields from remote optical measurements. In Proc. 16th Journée de l'hydrodynamique (JH2018) (November 27-29, Marseille, France), 13 pps. [pdf].

Al Naser N., Grilli A.R., Grilli S.T., Baxter C., Bradshaw A. and B. Maggi 2018. Land use and mitigation effects on barrier beach erosion in storms case study in RI. In Proc. 36th Intl. Conf. on Coastal Engng. (ICCE18; Baltimore, Jul 30 - Aug 3), ASCE, 1(36), 40, [pdf].

Grilli A.R., Westcott G., Grilli S.T., Kirby J.T. and F. Shi 2018. Individual wave effects on coastal structure damage during windstorms. In Proc. 36th Intl. Conf. on Coastal Engng. (ICCE18; Baltimore, Jul 30 - Aug 3), ASCE, 1(36), 14.

Woodruff, I., Kirby, J.T., Shi, F. and Grilli, S.T., 2018. Estimating meteotsunami occurrences for the US East Coast. In Proc. 36th Intl. Conf. on Coastal Engng. (ICCE18; Baltimore, Jul 30 - Aug 3), ASCE, 1(36), 66.

Zhang, C., Kirby, J.T., Grilli, S. T., Shi, F. and Ma, G., 2018. A two-layer non-hydrostatic landslide model for tsunami generation on irregular bathymetry. In Proc. 36th Intl. Conf. on Coastal Engng. (ICCE18; Baltimore, Jul 30 - Aug 3), ASCE, 1(36), 74.

Insua T.L., Dzvonkovskaya A., Helzel T., Guérin C.-A., Grilli S.T., Grilli A.R., Moran P. and R. Dewey 2018. Meteotsunami detection with HF radar at Ocean Networks Canada. Ocean Sciences 2018 (Portland, OR, February 2018), Abstract PO34A-2202.

Guérin C.-A., Grilli S.T., Moran M., Grilli A.R., Insua T., Kirby J.T. and I. Woodruff 2018. High-Frequency Radar detection of a possible meteo-tsunami in British Columbia, Canada. Geophysical Research Abstract, 20, EGU2018-12217, European Geophysical Union General Assembly meeting (EGU, Vienna, Austria. April 2018).

Kuznetsov K., Harris J.C., Peyrard C., Mivehchi A., Grilli S.T. and M. Benoit 2018). Development of Numerical Wave Tank Using Boundary Element Method with Cubic B-splines. Geophysical Research Abstract, 20, EGU2018-19842, European Geophysical Union General Assembly meeting (EGU, Vienna, Austria. April 2018).

Ma G., Zhang C., Kirby J.T., Grilli, S.T. and F. Shi 2018. Simulating tsunami wave generation using a two-layer non-hydrostatic landslide model. Presented at the 15th Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Meeting (Honolulu, HI, June 2018).

2019 :

Torres M.J., Hashemi, M.R., Hayward S., Spaulding M.L., Ginis I. and S.T. Grilli 2019. Role of hurricane wind models in accurate simulation of storm surge and waves. J. Waterways, Port, Coastal Engng., 145(1), 04018039, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000496 (published online 11/15/18).

Accepted/in press :

Submitted, or in revision :

Guérin C.-A., Desmars, N., Grilli, S.T., Ducrozet, G., Pérignon, Y. and P. Ferrant 2018. An improved Lagrangian model for the time evolution of nonlinear surface waves. J. Fluid Mech., 24 pps. (resubmitted).

Some Recent Graduates

Complete list of : [graduates]

Juan Horrillo taught at the ITESM University in Mexico. He completed his M.S. degree in 1997 at URI, with a thesis entitled: Fully Nonlinear Properties of Periodic Waves Shoaling over Slopes. He received his Ph.D from the University of Alaska in 2006 and is now an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston, TX.

Todd Fake works as a scientific programmer at the University of Connecticut. He completed his M.S. degree in 2000, with a thesis entitled: SLICKMAP : An interactive computer model for the modeling of oil containment by booms.

Aaron Bengston, after working for one year in Finland, and working as an engineer for Vibtech Inc, is now working at the Naval Underwater Warefare Center, Newport, RI. He completed his M.S. degree in 2001, with a thesis entitled: Laboratory Experiments to Determine the Dynamic Response of a Ship-to-Shore Causeway System.

Benjamin Biausser is working at Technip Offshore Branch, Flexi France. He completed his Ph.D in 2003 (at the university of Toulon) with a thesis entitled: Suivi d'interface tridimensionnel : application au déferlement.

Matt Shultz is working at an Ocean Engineering Company in Woods Hall, MA. He completed his M.S. degree in 2005, with a thesis entitled: Simulation of a ship-to-shore causeway system in waves.

Rick Gilbert is a Consulting Engineer at McLaren, P.C. in New York. He completed his M.S. degree in 2005, with a thesis entitled: Numerical modeling and validation of nonlinear wave driven sediment transport.

Jeff Harris received his MS in May 2006, with a thesis entitled: Understanding and Optimizing the Harley Surface Effect Ship and his PhD in May 2011, with a thesis about wave-structure-sediment interaction modeling. He now works as a research associate at the Saint Venant Laboratory (Chatou, France) on modeling wave-structure interaciton problems.

Francois Enet is working at Alkyon, in Holland. He defended his PhD in August 2006, with a thesis entitled: Laboratory Experiments and Numerical Modeling for Tsunamis Generated by Underwater Landslides.

Stefan Maretzki is working at Bilfinger Berger in Germany. He defended his MS in December 2006, with a thesis entitled: Numerical Simulation of Tsunami Hazard Maps for the US East Coast.

Kristy Moore is working at the Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC), in RI. She defended her MS in July 2007, with a thesis entitled: Evaluation of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Acoustic Surveys, Investigation of 3D Propagation Effects at the New Jersey Shelf Break Front and Acoustic Backscatter in Controlled Water Wave Fields.

Mike Shelby is working at the Naval Underwater Warefare Center, Newport, RI. He defended his MS in July 2016, with a thesis about tsunami modeling.


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