The Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) was officially created in 1996 from the merger of two United States Army Corps of Engineers laboratories: The Hydraulics Laboratory and the Coastal Engineering Research Center, both organizations that were based at the U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station (WES) in Vicksburg, Mississippi. CHL remains based in Vicksburg, Mississippi and specializes in ocean, estuarine, riverine and watershed research. Research projects range from design guidance to three-dimensional numerical models. Research focuses include inland and coastal navigation, military logistics over the shore, dredging, flood control, storm and erosion protection, waterway restoration, fish passage, hydro-environmental modeling, water/land management, and other water and sediment-related issues facing the nation.

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  • Physical model analysis of the Foster Joseph Sayers Dam 

    Burnham, Benjamin C.; Thomas, Marshall P.; Vaughan, Jane M. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    Concrete degradation issues due to riprap entrainment have been observed in the stilling basin at Foster Joseph Sayers Dam. This entrapment occurs during normal flows. The original stilling basin has experienced excessive ...
  • USACE-ERDC Coastal System Resilience research 

    Touzinsky, Katherine Flynn.; Rosati, Julie Dean. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    Coastal systems are complex and diverse landscapes that provide significant navigation, flood risk management, and ecosystem services to communities. However, they are influenced by episodic and long-term change from ...
  • Hydraulic modeling of extreme flows for the White Sands Missile Range using Adaptive Hydraulics (AdH) 

    Bell, Gary L.; Sharp, Jeremy A. (Jeremy Allen), 1982-; Lewis, James W.; Savant, Gaurav, 1979-; McAlpin, Jennifer N. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    The River Engineering Branch of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, conducted a two-dimensional numerical model investigation of the White Sands Missile Range located ...
  • Continuously operating dune-mounted lidar system at the Field Research Facility : a report detailing lidar collection, processing, evaluation, and product development 

    Brodie, Katherine L.; Dyer, A. Tristan.; Spore, Nicholas J.; Slocum, Richard K.; O’Dea, Annika M.; Whitesides, E. Tucker.; Renaud, Alexander D. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    The Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, Field Research Facility (FRF), stationary lidar tower in Duck, NC, provides hourly, high-density point cloud data of the ocean, foreshore, and dune. This report documents the system ...
  • Methodology supporting Civil Works implementation of trunnion rod testing 

    Smith, Matthew D.; Fillmore, Travis B. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    The purpose of this Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) is to provide guidance on the applicability of trunnion rod testing at navigation dams with Tainter gates.
  • Corps Shoaling Analysis Tool : predicting channel shoaling 

    Dunkin, Lauren M.; Coe, Lauren.; Ratcliff, Jay J. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    This report provides background and additional applications of using the Corps Shoaling Analysis Tool (CSAT) and the various output files generated. The CSAT calculates channel shoaling volumes using historical channel ...
  • An interagency collaboration to identify federal resilience factors for the U.S. Marine Transportation System 

    Touzinsky, Katherine Flynn.; Knapp, Lauren.; Renaud, Alex. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) presents the results from an interagency collaboration within the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) and its Marine Transportation System ...
  • Profiling and optimization of FUNWAVE-TVD on high performance computing (HPC) machines 

    Lam, Michael Y.-H.; Malej, Matt.; Shi, Fengyan.; Ghosh, Koushik. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-06)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering technical note (CHETN) discusses the subject of profiling and optimizing numerical codes that are in operational/production use. Profiling is a technique for evaluating the performance ...
  • Assessing jetty effectiveness via statistical analysis of AIS data 

    Young, David L.; Scully, Brandan. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) describes a pilot study exploring the use of statistical analysis of Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to assess the sheltering effectiveness of jetties.
  • Initialization and setup of the Coastal Model Test Bed : integrated bathymetry 

    Young, David L.; Bak, A. Spicer.; Forte, Michael F. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) introduces the implementation of the integrated bathymetry product in the Coastal Model Test Bed (CMTB). Nearshore numerical models such as CSHORE (Johnson et ...
  • Methodology supporting Civil Works implementation of tainter gate trunnion friction structural health monitoring 

    Smith, Matthew D.; Fillmore, Travis B. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    The purpose of this Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) is to provide guidance on the applicability of trunnion friction monitoring at navigation dams with Tainter gates.
  • CSTORM-MS storm surge and wave modeling comparison for proposed Dyke Marsh promontory restoration 

    Massey, Thomas C.; Ding, Yan.; Owensby, Margaret B.; Slusarczyk, Greg.; Bryant, Mary A. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District (NAB), is currently engaged in the Dyke Marsh Project for the National Park Service. Dyke Marsh is located along the Potomac River south of Alexandria, VA. The U.S. Army ...
  • Formulation, implementation and testing of the Diffusive Wave (DW) module of Adaptive Hydraulics (AdH) 

    Savant, Gaurav, 1979-; Trahan, Corey J.; McAlpin, Tate O. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-05)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) describes the implementation and application of the Diffusive Wave (DW) module of the AdH numerical code, referred to as AdH-DW, for the rapid simulation of ...
  • Laboratory study to reduce the transport of Asian carp by barges 

    Bryant, Duncan B.; Callegan, Christopher J.; Coe, Lauren.; Smith, S. Jarrell.; Styles, Richard.; Moore, Christine D. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    Potential migration of Asian carp through the Illinois River, Des Plaines River, and Chicago Area Waterway System is a risk facing the Great Lakes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has installed electric barriers ...
  • Oceanographic Observations dataset : data management plan 

    Hathaway, Kent K.; Hanson, Jeffrey L.; Knee, Kelly.; Bird, Andrew.; Fratantonio, Robert. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    This Data Management Plan details the Oceanographic Observations dataset, which is maintained at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (ERDC-CHL) ...
  • Numerical framework to link the Adaptive Hydraulics (AdH) code to the Nutrient Simulation Module-I (NSMI) 

    Savant, Gaurav, 1979-; McAlpin, Tate O.; Smith, David S. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) describes the numerical framework for linking the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Environmental Laboratory-developed Nutrient Simulation ...
  • Bonneville Second Powerhouse ERDC Turbine Model Operating Range Investigation 

    Davidson, Robert A. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.), 2018-08)
    The Bonneville Second Powerhouse (B2) turbine model investigations were performed in support of the joint U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland and Walla Walla Districts, Turbine Survival Program (TSP). The TSP was developed ...
  • Long-Term Morphology Modeling for Barrier Island Tidal Inlets 

    Styles, Richard.; Brown, Mitchell E.; Brutsché, Katherine E.; Li, Honghai.; Beck, Tanya M.; Sánchez, Alejandro. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.), 2018-07)
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal Inlets Research Program, conducted at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, has developed the Coastal Modeling System (CMS) as ...
  • Modeling Sluice Gates in Adaptive Hydraulics (AdH) 

    McKnight, C. Jared.; Savant, Gaurav, 1979-; McAlpin, Jennifer N.; McAlpin, Tate O. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.), 2018-07)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) describes the methodology and implementation of sluice gates into the 2D Shallow Water (SW2D) module of Adaptive Hydraulics (AdH). This technical note also ...
  • Analytical and Numerical Model Study on Reducing the Risk of Aquatic Nuisance Species Transfer through Brandon Road Lock 

    Hammack, E. Allen.; Smith, David S.; Styles, Richard.; Stockstill, Richard L. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.), 2018-07)
    The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study to evaluate methods of preventing the movement of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) movement between the Great Lakes and ...

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