Passport to Discovery: Surf’s Up!


Welcome to the Beaver State. I’m here at a facility to truly making some waves in science. This is your Passport to Discovery. I’m here at Oregon State University at their wave research facility, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. I’m standing in essentially in an Olympic sized swimming pool, but this helps scientists save lives. NSF is a federal leader in disaster preparedness research. This is the only facility that is water related if you like. So is we are the only ones really that treats the natural hazards and as you can imagine Most of the natural hazards that you see nowadays are water a little coastal related So we are talking about storm surge, hurricane, flooding, tsunamis. So the aftermath of big natural hazards hurricanes or earthquakes turn into an hazard in terms of water. So the effect of that the coastline. Some of the work that’s done here is looking at what happens when hurricane wave and surge comes ashore, how it impacts our shoreline the infrastructure the buildings and other lifelines. And we also do work on tsunamis and what happens when tsunamis impact coastal areas. The work that we’re doing here is important because Communities need solutions to these coastal disasters and things what can we do ahead of time? How can we mitigate for these natural hazards and trying to come up with ways to minimize what the damage loss and actually try to speed up the recovery process for communities. What NSF has really helped me to do is try to understand the Value of this fundamental research but also trying to take it into the next level where we’re trying to actually have it useful and usable by communities that might benefit from this basic research. Some of the outcomes that that have been made at our facility are related to codes and standards for example. So, if people want to build new structures to withstand some of these big forces from waves and surge, a lot of that work is coming out of our laboratory. This is the large wave pool. The second testing site that they have here at this facility. It”s 342 feet long, has a depth of 15 feet and can hold more than 300,000 gallons of water. It’s the largest of its kind in North America and because of its size and wave-making capacity, it’s used for large-scale tsunami and coastal modeling projects. The use of large scale models in the laboratory, allows engineers to study tsunamis, hurricanes, another natural phenomenon in a controlled and scientific environment. It’s been a lot of fun today learning about all that they do at this amazing and unique facility. But unfortunately, our time here has come to an end. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I’m Corey. This has been your Passport to Discovery, and until next time stay curious. Music & logo

3 thoughts on “Passport to Discovery: Surf’s Up!

  1. This will only remain funded, like many other tests in the past, wasting money but never care to implement out in the real world.

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