LHE research activities revolve around large-scale experiments as well as the development and validation of numerical free-surface models – analyzing complex fluid mixing and solid-fluid-gas coupled interactions.
The LHE has (to date) focused on the advancement of knowledge in the following fields:
Extreme wave predictions including:
1- Climate change
2- Natural hazards (tsunami-, hurricane-, volcano-, landslide-generated waves and storm surges/flooding)
3- Inundation mapping, warning systems, and evacuation.
Wind-driven coastal processes:
1- Air-sea interactions in the context of wave breaking
2- Wave-current-sediment interactions
Nearshore hydrodynamics, debris/ice flows, and shoreline protection
Cold regions coastal dynamics and wave-ice interactions.
Fluid-structure-seabed interactions and vibration control including renewable energy developments (wind/wave/tidal/solar)
Anthropogenic (oil spills, coastline pollution, etc.)