Our group conducts interdisciplinary research on coastal hydrodynamics and its interactions with the natural environment, and vulnerabilities of coastal infrastructure to coastal hazards under changing climate and sea level rise. Current research interests include interactions between waves, sediments, and aquatic vegetation, and storm surge, and recurrent flooding of coastal infrastructure. We mainly use computational models and field observations in our research which has so far been sponsored by NSF, NOAA, NASA, DOT, VDOT, local agencies, and private sector.
04/22/2023: Dr. Tahvildari participated in a WHRO/PBS documentary on a major coastal resilience project in Norfolk, VA, that could be a model for other urban areas vulnerable to flooding, climate change, and sea level rise. Check out this short film here.
11/28/2022: New grant from NOAA-ESLR program has officially started. Our interdisciplinary team will investigate the effect of sea level rise on flooding, coastal morphology, and ground transportation and how traditional and natural and nature-based solutions can mitigate the impacts. Here is more information about the project.
10/24/2022: New paper accepted in Estuaries and Coasts on comparing wave attenuation by two different living shoreline features using field measurements. Check it out here.
7/1/2022: Excited to start two new grants from NOAA and NASA later this summer. More details soon!
6/1/2022: Our new paper on computational modeling of wave interaction with highly flexible vegetation is now published in Advances in Water Resources. Kudos to Ramin Familkhalili for leading the work. Check it out here.