tidal energy development. He was raised on the coast of Maine and worked in the sailing industry there prior to beginning a career in physical oceanography.
LARRY WEBER is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research-Hydroscience and Engineering at the University of Iowa. His research interests are in fish passage facilities, physical modeling, river hydraulics, hydropower, computational hydraulics, and ice mechanics, including combining hydrodynamic data and biological data of fish response, applying computational fluid dynamics codes to natural river reaches and hydraulic structures, fundamental principles of plunging jets, and combining open channel flows. Dr. Weber holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iowa.
ZHAOQING YANG is a senior research scientist in the Coastal and Watershed Processes Modeling Group of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Marine Sciences Laboratory. Dr. Yang’s primary research focuses on numerical modeling of hydrodynamic and transport processes in estuarine and coastal waters, reservoirs, and river systems. He is currently leading the development of PNNL’s high-resolution hydrodynamic and transport model and operational forecast system for Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits. Dr. Yang has conducted many modeling studies on coastal ocean circulation, estuarine tidal dynamics, nearshore wetland restoration, water quality, sediment and fate transport, and effects of climate changes and sea-level rise on nearshore habitat. He also applied three-dimensional hydrodynamic and transport models to simulate the temperature stratification, circulation patterns, and suspended sediment transport in reservoirs and river systems to help the design of a fish collection facility, sediment cleanup decisions, and source control in connection with total maximum daily load. Dr. Yang also has extensive experience in computational fluid dynamics modeling, groundwater modeling, and ocean engineering, river flood, and management analysis. Currently, Dr. Yang is leading the development of a model to assess the impacts of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy devices on coastal and estuarine systems. Dr. Yang holds an M.S. in ocean engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the College of William and Mary.