Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Coastal Modeling Group

Capabilities Include:

  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling
  • Current resource characterization
  • Extreme event modeling
  • Wave resource characterization
  • Resource assessment and characterization


The PNNL’s Coastal Modeling Group has strong capabilities in numerical model development and experiences in model applications to a broad research area associated with coastal hydrodynamics, transport processes, marine renewable energy (wave, tidal instream, ocean current and offshore wind energy), coastal resilience under natural hazards, effects of storm surge and anthropogenic disturbances on coastal infrastructure and ecosystems. PNNL’s Coastal Modeling Group has been leading the modeling effort for regional wave resource assessment and characterization for the US coastal waters, and tidal energy modeling assessment at some of the top ranked hotspot sites. Researchers in the modeling group have rich experiences in applying various state-of-the-art coastal ocean and wave models to solve complex coastal problems.

Click for more information.

Point of Contact:
Zhaoqing Yang –

Additional information

Numerical Modeling & Analysis

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modeling, Extreme Event Modeling, High Performance Computing (HPC), Resource Characterization