Hydraulics Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The Hydraulics Laboratory offers many testing facilities including a wind-wave channel, wave channel, pressure testing vessels, and a temperature/pressure calibration facility. An on-site machine shop, fabrication tools, and a shared collection of MakerSpace development tools serve a wide variety of scientific projects and research for SIO staff and students. The Hydraulics Lab also has a collection of mechanical hardware for oceanographic moorings and land-based field research which can be made available to SIO researchers. The Air-Sea Interaction Lab has extensively used the two channels both for active research and development and for graduate class instruction where visible and infrared imagery, acoustic underwater instrumentation, resistor wire wave gauges and CTDs have been installed during controlled experiments.


Hydraulics Lab Media

Image gallery of the Hydraulics Laboratory. Click on images for description.

Experimental setup for the Lagrangian transport experiment in the wave channel by the Air-Sea Interaction Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Hydraulics Lab at UCSD.

High speed video of a breaking wave in the wave channel by the Air-Sea Interaction Lab at the Hydraulics Lab.


Hydraulics Lab Related Publications

A selection of Hydraulic Laboratory related publications.

Laboratory studies of the Role of Bandwidth in Surface Transport and Energy Dissipation of Deep-Water Breaking Waves. (Sinnis et al., 2021)

Laboratory studies of Lagrangian transport by breaking surface waves. (Lenain et al., 2019)

Turbulence and Mixing in Unsteady Breaking Surface Waves. (Drazen et al., 2009)

Inertial Scaling of Dissipation in Unsteady Breaking Waves. (Drazen et al., 2008)

The Velocity Field Under Breaking Waves: Coherent Structures and Turbulence. (Melville et al., 2002)

Experiments on the Stability and Transition of Wind-Driven Water Surfaces. (Veron et al., 2001)

Remote Observations of the Initial Generation of Surface Waves. (Veron et al., 2001)

A Broadband Acoustic Technique for Measuring Bubble Size Distributions: Laboratory and Shallow Water Measurements. (Terrill et al., 2000)

Pulse-to-Pulse Coherent Doppler Measurements of Waves and Turbulence. (Veron et al., 1999)

An Experimental and Numerical Study of Parasitic Capillary Waves. (Fedorov et al., 1998)

Laboratory Measurements of the Generation and Evolution of Langmuir Circulations. (Melville et al., 1998)

Nonlinear Gravity-Capillary Waves with Forcing and Dissipation. (Fedorov et al., 1998)