Dr. James M. Kaihatu,
Associate Professor and
Assistant Department Head for Research


201F and 310D DLEB


Ph +1-979-862-3511 (310D)
Ph +1-979-845-1353 (201F)
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


The World Scientific volume Advances in Coastal Hydraulics, co-edited with Dr. Vijay Panchang (Professor and Program Chair, Mechanical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar), will be released in June 2018. (Posted 2 March 2018).

In less scientific, but no less important news, some AGU Fall Meeting attendees got together to play some music, which resulted in this and also this. (Posted 17 December 2017).

Our work on tsunami-island interaction was written up in the 12 December 2017 issue of EOS, the newsletter of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Link to PDF of article. (Posted 12 December 2017).


This semester (Spring 2018) 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.