Dr. James M. Kaihatu,
Associate Professor

Office

CE/TTI 808D

Contact

Ph +1-979-862-3511
FAX +1-979-862-8162
jkaihatu@tamu.edu

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.

Keywords:

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

Courses

This semester (Fall 2014) 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.