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Steve Elgar

Steve Elgar

Senior Scientist

Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Office Phone: +1 508 289 3614

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Rd.

MS# 11

Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


B.S. University of Idaho, 1980, Civil Engineering & Mathematics
M.S. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1981, Oceanography
Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1985, Oceanography

Research Interests

Observations and models of nearshore processes, including wave evolution across the continental shelf to the shoreline, the corresponding breaking-wave-driven circulation, and the subsequent changes to surfzone morphology (e.g., beach erosion and accretion). Analysis of nonlinear random processes, especially geophysical time series.



Research Associate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Excellence in refereeing for JGR Oceans, National Security Science & Engineering Faculty Fellow, Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow (both from the Office of the Secretary of Defense), and W. van Allen Clark Chair for Excellence in Oceanography.