Dr. James M. Kaihatu,
Associate Professor




Ph +1-979-862-3511
FAX +1-979-862-8162

Research Interests

My primary interests involve many aspects of surface wave generation and propagation, including shelf-scale wave transformation, nonlinear wave-wave interaction, wave breaking and nearshore circulation, and the effects of various bottom types, with an emphasis on cohesive bottom sediments. Recently, I have been investigating the signature of nearshore phenomena (breaking, dissipation and nonlinear dynamics) on the longer term statistics (effect on spectral shape, skewness, and asymmetry). I am also interested in data assimilation, and the ability to invert known or best-deduced dynamics to yield information such as bottom characterization parameters, input conditions and bathymetry.


Ocean wave propagation and generation, wave transformation, nearshore nonlinear dynamics, wave breaking, nearshore circulation, wave propagation over cohesive sediments, data assimilation


This semester (Fall 2015) I will be teaching

Office hours are available on the Meeting Schedule. For a list of other courses that I teach and their related on-line materials, visit the Teaching pages of this web site.

Qualifying Exam

I am presently responsible for administering the Strength of Materials exam. The exam will be open note and open book.

OCEN 685 Directed Study

If you would like to pursue a Directed Study (OCEN 685) under my supervision, please read this.