Metocean engineering looks at how we design for the ever-changing ocean environment. Our metocean work looks at both the fluid mechanics of the problems and statistics.


  • Prof Thomas Adcock

Coastal engineeringComparision between Boussinesq model and experimental data of wave-group overtopping

The group has carried out work on the marine environment in the near-shore region. Recent work includes: numerical modelling of wave propagation (Boussinesq/ shallow water equations) with sea-wall overtopping; coastal flooding (tsunamis and storm surge) and sediment transport.

Rogue waves

Difference between linear and non-linear wave-groups

There is some evidence that large waves occur which are not predicted by our standard models of the physics and statistics. Our work has looked at the physics of these extreme wave events and particularly the non-linear changes as the wave-group forms. One aspect we are particularly interested in how the directionality of the waves effects the formation of an extreme wave event. We use this understanding to try and make sense of the measurements of wave statistics in the ocean and laboratory.The Draupner Wave
A talk on rogue waves by Prof Taylor can be found here and an introduction to the topic can also be found here.

Wave climate

Understanding the statistics of the wave climate is fundamental to predicting the wave loading on offshore structures. We are particularly interested in how the statistics of wave climate varies with climatic variations such as the North Atlantic oscillation and climate change.

North Atlantic Oscillation correlated with extreme wave heightWave breaking on City Beach in Perth