Dr. Harry Wang

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Harry Wang is a professor in the Department of Physical Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, College of William and Mary. He and Joseph Zhang, Jian Shen, David Forrest, Derek Loftis, plus seven post-PhD-level supporting staff are all part of the Estuarine and Coastal Modeling (ECM) group specialized in conducting numerical modeling for estuarine and coastal water processes, including hydrodynamics, storm surge, inundation, surface wave, sediment transport, water quality, and tidal marsh dynamics.

Dr. Wang led VIMS’ ECM group to join with the South Carolina Aquarium Resilience Initiative for Coastal Education (RICE) for the purpose of modeling storm tide, wind, wave, inundation, and the effects of sea level rise along the southeastern coast of the United States, a project funded by U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (NOAA EDA Atlantic Office). The overall objective is to use state-of-the-art storm surge and inundation models coupled with high resolution LIDAR data and comprehensive watershed information to better inform sound-science decisions and increase resiliency toward coastal flood hazards.