Wonhyun Lee

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Research Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2018
  • M.E Civil Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, 2012
  • B.S Civil Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, 2010

Professional Appointments

  • Research Associate - Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas, Austin, TX. - Present
  • National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow - U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS. - Dec. 2018 - Dec.2021
  • Research Assistant - Zachry Depart. of Civil Eng., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. - Jun. 2014 – Aug. 2018

Research Interest

My research is motivated by my interest in the state of nearshore and offshore environments under various oceanographic, meteorological and human use conditions. I use numerical models as a tool to investigate the processes that contribute to changes in this environment. While the field of numerical modeling of coastal and oceanic processes is quite mature, effects such as climate change, increasingly frequent extreme weather conditions, and human use have had a strong impact on the reliability of conditions used to force these models. My research interests center around the development of a modeling system which can provide reliable, accurate and meaningful results of coastal/ocean hydro- and morpho-dynamics, waves, impacts of human use and long-term scenario generation. By connecting and unifying a number of research areas, these topics encompass an important perspective in understanding coastal/ocean dynamics and predictions, waves and the continuing interest of environmental effects from human use.

Areas of Expertise

Numerical modeling of coastal and ocean hydrodynamic and environmental processes, thermohaline and circulation processes under storm conditions, storm surge, hurricane impact (ensembles), sediment transport under extreme weather, evaluation of environmental effects from human use, long-term scenarios response to future climate change.

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