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Harry V. Wang

Professor of Marine Science

Email: [[wang]]
Phone: (804) 684-7215
Office: Andrews Hall 239
Department: Physical Sciences
Interests: 3-D numerical modeling, hydrodynamics of estuaries; physical oceanography.

  • B.A., National Taiwan University
  • M.S., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests

My main research interests are in coastal and estuarine physical processes and the consequence of their transport properties; in particular, the transports driven by wind, wave, tide, density and affected by the Coriolis force and turbulent mixing. My recent works emphasize the use of numerical computational methods to simulate the current, water level, salinity, temperature as well as their coupled environmental conditions such as water quality, sediment and larval transport. My future goal is to make use of computer models as primary tools to integrate the interdiscipline research.

Current Projects
  • Water quality modeling in the Baltimore Harbor, Back River and the Upper Chesapeake Bay
  • Toxic and sediment modeling in Baltimore Harbor and the adjacent Upper Chesapeake Bay
  • Watershed and water quality modeling in the Upper Western Shore of Maryland
  • Predicting the distribution of sea nettles in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Integrated modeling approach for TMDL development of Virginia small coastal basin with fecal coliform impairment
  • Craney Island eastward expansion project
Selected Publications
  • Ye, F., Zhang Y., Friedrichs, M.A.M, Wang, H.V., Irby, I, and Wang, Z.G. (2016) A 3D, cross-scale, baroclinic model with implicit vertical transport for the Upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Ocean Modeling, DOI:10.1016/j.ocemod.2016.10.004 
  • Wang, Ping, Harry V. Wang, Lewis Linker, and Richard Tian (2016): “Effects of cross-channel bathymetry and wind direction on destratification and hypoxia reduction in the Chesapeake Bay”,  Esturaine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences, Vol. 78, p 168-188.  
  • Wang, Harry, J.D. Loftis, D. Forrest, W. Smith, and B. Stamey (2015):”Modeling storm surge and inundation in Washington, DC, during Hurricane Isabel and the 1936 Potomac River Great Flood” Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, Vol.3, 607-629doi:10.3390/jmse3030607.
  • Loftis J.D., Wang, H.V., DeYoung, R.J., and Ball, W.B. (2015): "Using Lidar Elevation Data to Develop a Topo-bathymertric Elevation Model for Sub-Grid Inundation Modeling at Langley Research Center." Journal of Coastal Research, Special IssueNumber 76, p1-15, DOI: 10.2112/SI76-002.1.
  • Loftis, J.D.,Wang, H.V., Hamilton, S.E., and Forrest, D.R. (2014):  “Combination of Lidar Elevations, Bathymetric Data, and Urban Infrastructure in a Sub-Grid Model for Predicting Inundation in New York City during Hurricane Sandy”.  Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems. (in review) PDF
  • Loftis, J.D.,Wang, H.V., DeYoung, R.J., and Ball, W.B. (2014): “Integrating Lidar Data into a High-Resolution Topo-bathymetric  DEM for Use with Sub-Grid Inundation Modeling at  Langley Research Center”. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue. (In Review) PDF
  • Wang, Harry V.,  J. D. Loftis,  Zhuo Liu,  David Forrest, Joseph Zhang (2014): “The storm surge and sub-grid inundation modeling in New York City during Hurricane Sandy”. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, p 226-246, doi:10.3390/jmse201062.
  • Roland, Aron, Yinglong. Zhang, Harry. V. Wang, Yanqiu Meng, Yi-cheng Teng, Vladimir Maderichd, Igor Brovchenkod, Mathieu Dutour-Sikirice and Ulrich Zankea (2012): “A fully coupled 3D wave-current interaction model on unstructured grids". JGR – Oceans, Vol. 117, C00J33, doi:10.1029/2012JC007952
  • Kyoung-Ho Cho, Harry Wang, Jian Shen, Arnoldo Valle-Levinson and Yi-cheng Teng (2012): “A modeling study on the response of the Chesapeake Bay to Hurricane Events of Floyd and Isabel” Ocean Modeling, 
  • Gao, Jian-hua, J. Li, H.V. Wang, F.  Bai, Y. Cheng, and Y. P. Wang (2012): ”Rapid changes of sediment dynamic processes in Yalu River Estuary under anthropogenic impacts”, International Journal of Sediment Research,  Vol. 27,No. 1, p37-49.   
  • Wu, Hui, Jianrong Zhu, Jian Shen and Harry Wang (2011): “Tidal modulation on the Changjiang River Plume in Summer”.   J. of Geophysical Res.  116, C08017, doi:10.1029/2011JC007209
  • Fei Xing, Ya Ping Wang, Harry V. Wang (2011):  “Tidal hydrodynamics and fine-grained sediment transport over the radial sand ridge, southern Yellow Sea”, Marine Geology, MARGO-04673,June, 2011.
  • Walberg Eric J, Benjamin McFarlane, and Harry Wang (2010): “Response to sea level rise in coastal communities: a Virginia case study”,   ASCE monograph: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Infrastructure: Prediction, Risks, and Solutions, Edited by Bilal M. Ayyub and Michael S. Kearney.
  • Hong, Bo, Nauth Panday, Jian Shen, H. V. Wang and Wenping Gong (2009): “A modeling study of water exchange between Baltimore Harbor and Chesapeake Bay using tracer simulations”. Marine Environmental Research, Vol. 70, p102-119.
  • Gong Wenping, Jian Shen, Kyoung-Ho Cho and Harry V. Wang (2009):”A numerical model study of barotropic subtidal water exchange between estuary and subestuaries in the Chesapeake Bay during northeaster events” Ocean Modelling,, Vol. 26, p170-189.
  • Gao, Jianhua, J. Li, H. V. Wang, Y. P. Wang, Z. Wang, F. Bai, S. Gao, and Y. Cheng (2009): “Distribution and their pollution assessment of heavy metals in the sediments of the Yalu River Estuary and its adjacent coastal waters“ Acta Oceanologica Sinica, Vol. 28, No. 6, p12-23.
  • Wang, Chi-Fang, Harry. V. Wang and A. Y. Kuo (2008): “Development of a mass conservation scheme for scalar transport in ELCIRC model – a step toward water quality  computation” Journal of Hydraulic EngineeringVol. 134, No. 8, pp1166-1171.
  • Lipcius, Romuald, D. B. Eggleston, J. S. Sebastian, R. Seitz, J. Shen , M. Sisson and H.V. Wang (2008): ”Importance of metapopulation connectivity to restocking and restoration of marine species”  Review in Fishery Science, Vol. 16: p101-110.
  • Park, Kyeong, H. V. Wang and S. Kim (2008): “A model study of the estuarine turbidity maximum along the main channel of the Upper Chesapeake Bay” Estuaries and Coasts. 31:115–133
  • Chi-Fang Wang; Harry V. Wang, and Albert Y. Kuo (2008); “Mass conservative transport scheme for the application of the ELCIRC model to water quality computation” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Volume 134, Issue 8, pp.1166-1171.
  • Shen J. and H. V. Wang (2007): “Determining the age of water and long-term transport timescale of the Chesapeake Bay”. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 68 (1-2), 1-16
    Stamey, B. H. V. Wang and M. Koterba (2007): “Predicting the next storm surge flood”. Sea Technology, August 2007, p10-15
  • Shen, J, H. V. Wang, M. Sisson, W. Gong (2006). “Storm tide simulation in the Chesapeake Bay using an unstructured grid model”. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 68 (1-2), 1-16
  • Shen, J., Gong, W., Wang, H. V. (2006). “Water level response to 1999 hurricane Floyd in the Chesapeake Bay”. Continental Self Research, 26, 2484-2502
  • Wang, H. V., Joe Cho, Jian Shen, and Ya Ping Wang (2005): “What Has been learned about storm surge dynamics from Hurricane Isabel model simulations?” Hurricane Isabel in Perspective Conference, Baltimore, MD., Proceeding of a Conference, Chesapeake Bay Consortium, pp117-125.
  • Lin, Jing., H. V. Wang, J-H Oh, K. Park, S-C Kim, J. Shen and A. Kuo, (2003):" A New Approach to Model Sediment Resuspension in Tidal Estuaries." Journal of Coastal Research, Vol. 19, No. 1, p76-88.
  • Brown, C. W., R. R. Hood, Z. Li, M. B. Decker, T. F. Gross, J. E. Purcell and H. V. Wang, (2002):"Forecasting System predicts Presence of Sea Nettles in Chesapeake Bay." EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Vol 83, No.30. p321-326.
  • Xu, Jiangtao, Shenn-yu Chao, Raleigh R. Hood, Harry Wang, W. C. Boicourt (2002): Assimilating high-resolution salinity data into a model of a partially mixed estuary. J. Geophys. Res. Vol. 107, No. C7, p 11-1 11-14.
  • Wang, Harry V. and Billy J. Johnson, (2000): "Validation and Application of the Second Generation Three Dimensional Hydrodynamic Model of Chesapeake Bay". Water Quality and Ecosystem Modeling, Vol 1, p51-90.
Current Students
  • Yuepeng Li, Ph.D. degree graduate student
  • Kyoung-Ho Cho, Ph.D. degree graduate student
  • Taiping Wang, Master degree graduate student
  • Jie Gao, Master degree graduate student
  • Yi-Cheng Teng, Ph.D. degree graduate student
Past Students
  • Momo Chen, M.S.
  • Jing Lin, Ph.D.
  • Hui Liu, M.S.
  • Jeong Hwan Oh, Ph.D.
  • Yongsik Sin, Ph.D.
  • Meng Xia
Courses Taught/Teaching
  • MS554 Principle of Numerical Computing
  • MS613 Ocean Dynamics
  • MS612 Estuarine Hydrodynamic I, and MS613 Estuarine Hydrodynamic II
  • MS615 Hydrodynamics Modeling of Estuarine and Coastal Waters
  • MS617 Water Quality Models
Professional Memberships
  • Member of American Geophysical Union
  • Member of American Society of Civil Engineering
Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Efforts
  • Integrated modeling approach for TMDL development of Virginia small coastal basin with fecal coliform impairment (collaborate with Dr. Carl H. Hershner, Center for Coastal Resource Management).
  • Fisheries Habitat: Spatial Dynamics and the Protection of Critical Habitats to Conserve Spawning Stock and Recruitment in Exploited Marine Species with Complex Life Cycles (collaborate with Dr. Romuald N. Lipcius, Department of Fishery Sciences).