Distinguished Professor Edward B. Thornton
(831) 656 2847, FAX (831) 656 2712

The Nearshore Processes Laboratory in the Oceanography Department at the Naval Postgraduate School has long played a leading role in the acquisition and analysis of detailed nearshore field data. The group's recent work has focused on the modeling and analysis of data obtained during several comprehensive nearshore experiments at Duck, North Carolina, as well as earlier experiments at Torrey Pines, Santa Barbara, and Monterey Bay in California.

Field Experiments

If interested in obtaining data from the above experiments for the purpose of research, contact Mark Orzech (except where otherwise noted).

Prospective Thesis Topics

The Nearshore Oceanography program has a number of thesis topics available to present and future graduate students. Click here to view a more detailed description of these topics.


The following staff members and visitors contribute to the research activities in this group:

Ron Cowen - Physical Science Technician
Mark Orzech - Research Associate
Keith Wyckoff - Physical Science Technician
Rob Wyland - Supervisory Engineer

Interesting Links

Here are some other interesting sites related to nearshore oceanography:

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Last updated 25 April 2002