My primary interests involve many aspects of surface wave generation and propagation, including shelf-scale wave transformation, nonlinear wave-wave interaction, wave breaking and nearshore circulation, and the effects of various bottom types, with an emphasis on cohesive bottom sediments. Recently, I have been investigating the signature of nearshore phenomena (breaking, dissipation and nonlinear dynamics) on the longer term statistics (effect on spectral shape, skewness, and asymmetry). I am also interested in data assimilation, and the ability to invert known or best-deduced dynamics to yield information such as bottom characterization parameters, input conditions and bathymetry.

selected publications
Academic Articles69
  • Kim, I., & Kaihatu, J. M. (2021). A consistent nonlinear mild-slope equation model. 170, 104006-104006.
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  • Aly, N. A., Luo, Y., Liu, Y., Casillas, G., McDonald, T. J., Kaihatu, J. M., ... Rusyn, I (2020). Temporal and spatial analysis of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances in surface waters of Houston ship channel following a large-scale industrial fire incident.. Environ Pollut. 265(Pt B), 115009-115009.
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  • Ardani, S., & Kaihatu, J. M. (2019). Evolution of high frequency waves in shoaling and breaking wave spectra. 31(8), 087102-087102.
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  • Resio, D. T., Vincent, C. L., Tolman, H. L., Chawla, A., Rogers, W. E., Ardhuin, F., ... Pushkarev, A. (2019). Progress during the NOPP Wave Model Improvement Program.
  • (2018). Advances in Coastal Hydraulics. World Scientific.
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  • Irish, J. L., & Kaihatu, J. M. (2016). Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering. Springer International Publishing.
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  • Kaihatu, J. M., Ardani, S., Goertz, J. T., Venkattaramanan, A., & Sheremet, A. (2018). Wave Dissipation Mechanisms in Spectral Phase-Resolved Nonlinear Wave Models. Advances in Coastal Hydraulics. 235-262. World Scientific.
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  • Kaihatu, J. M. (2017). Wind, Wave and Current Modeling and Prediction. Encyclopedia of Maritime and Offshore Engineering. 1-11. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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  • Kaihatu, J. M., & Ananthakrishnan, P. (2016). Mechanics of Ocean Waves. Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering. 77-100. Springer International Publishing.
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  • Lynett, P. J., & Kaihatu, J. M. (2016). Modeling of Coastal Waves and Hydrodynamics. Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering. 597-610. Springer International Publishing.
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  • Hwang, P. A., Huang, N. E., Wang, D. W., & Kaihatu, J. M. (2014). HILBERT SPECTRA OF NONLINEAR OCEAN WAVES. Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences. Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences. 285-299. World Scientific.
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Conference Papers46
  • (2018). Lessons learned from the first round of course assessments after curriculum restructure based on ASCE BOK2. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings. 2018-June,
  • Kaihatu, J. M., Goertz, J. T., Ardani, S., & Sheremet, A. (2017). Nonlinear and Dissipative Characteristics of a Combined Random-Cnoidal Wave Field. 7A-2017, v07at06a037-v07at06a037.
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  • Fowler, D. A., Macik, M. L., Kaihatu, J., & Bakenhus, C (2016). Impact of curriculum transformation committee experience on faculty perspectives of their teaching and its influence on student learning. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings. 2016-June,
  • Tahvildari, N., Lynett, P. J., & Kaihatu, J. M. (2014). A Numerical Code for Waves in a Two-Layer Shallow Fluid. 8B, v08bt06a054-v08bt06a054.
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  • Sharma, A., Panchang, V., & Kaihatu, J. M (2013). Numerical modeling of nonlinear wave transformation using elliptic mild slope equation. Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference. 1061-1067.
chaired theses and dissertations
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Texas A&M University; Civil Engineering; 3136 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3136