Coastal Engineering & Modeling

Woods Hole Group has developed an international reputation for providing high-quality, comprehensive coastal modeling and engineering services for over 30 years to a diversified clientele ranging in size from large utilities to private individuals. Woods Hole Group focuses on meeting client requirements by quantifying the dominant coastal and estuarine processes and using this knowledge to develop environmentally-sensitive solutions related to reducing current and future risks to coastal hazards, the maintenance and restoration of natural coastal resources, water quality, and structural design.

Woods Hole Group’s approach integrates numerical modeling and sound engineering judgment to ensure project design alternatives are optimally targeted to meet our clients’ needs. This approach often involves field data collection, including measurement of waves, tides, currents, bathymetry, salinity, and other phenomena.  Our expertise with applying numerical modeling tools in a range of dynamic coastal environments allows us to then develop a complete and robust analysis of the driving factors that help guide decisions for arriving at a preferred solution. 

Our in-house staff and analysis tools provide a full range of coastal engineering and geological services, including the abilities to assess processes, analyze forces, and determine design parameters.  Our modelers and engineers work in close tandem with our Data Collection and Planning Teams to not only help characterize the relevant conditions at a project site, but also develop solutions that are feasible and cost-effective. The ability to monitor and model processes gives Woods Hole Group unparalleled capabilities for planning and designing sustainable coastal mitigation projects.

Woods Hole Group has proven its ability to complete projects independently, or as a member of an integrated multi-discipline team.


  • Modeling of Coastal Systems & Water Resources
  • Engineering Design for Coastal/Civil Infrastructure
  • Habitat Restoration
  • 2013 Interview with Kirk Bosma

    Interview with Kirk Bosma

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