The UGA Coastal Ocean Analysis and Simulation Team (COAST) develops computational hydrodynamic models to simulate astronomic tides, wind-waves, storm surge, and rainfall-runoff in coastal and oceanic environments. These state-of-the-art models are developed and applied to enhance science-based decision support for federal, regional, and local institutions regarding coastal hazards and risks under present and future conditions. Our research spans multiple disciplines, including science, engineering, mathematics, social science, policy, and ecology.
UGA COAST is focused on solving a wide range of complex coastal issues for present and future conditions. Currently, specific research themes are:
- Automated unstructured mesh generation
- Real-time hurricane storm surge forecasting
- Stakeholder engagement and communication
- Compound inundation modeling
- Coastal morphology and shoreline evolution
- Nature-based infrastructure