Welcome to the website of the Fluvial, Oceanic, and Water-level Sciences (FLOWS) research group of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. The unifying theme of our work is the influence of hydrodynamic processes on ecosystems. Though we specialize in physical oceanography, we study topics ranging from juvenile salmon to climate change, and wavelet transforms to beach ripples.
… Ocian in view! O! the joy! …
The care of rivers is not a question of rivers, but of the human heart.
Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
We owe our lives to the sun… How is it, then, that we feel no gratitude?
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.
We can see cities during the day and at night, and we can watch rivers dump sediment into the ocean, and see hurricanes form.
Turbulence is the most important unsolved problem of classical physics.