Estuarine processes, hydrodynamics, remote sensing, tidal analysis

Stefan Talke

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1996


Dr. Talke’s research focuses on hydrodynamic processes and sediment transport in estuaries, rivers, and the ocean, using a combination of field research,data analysis, and modeling. He joined Portland State in September 2010 to analyze and model historical changes to tides in the Pacific Ocean, with a particular focus on west coast tidal stations such as Astoria.

A recent project at the University of Washington combined state-of the art thermal remote sensing with in-situ flow measurements to characterize turbulent mixing and coherent structures such as vortices and internal waves in a stratified tidal river. Results show how large-scale vortices bring elevated turbulent kinetic energy to the water surface. The research has implications for mixing processes (e.g., of sediment) and for air/water gas transfer (e.g., oxygen).

In Germany and the Netherlands, Dr. Talke measured and modeled sediment transport, focusing on how dredging-induced changes to depth altered tides, circulation, sediment trapping, and water quality in the Ems estuary. The increased oxygen depletion over the last 20 years was linked to anthropogenically-influenced increases in suspended sediment concentration.

Dr. Talke’s PhD thesis focused on tidal processes, turbulent mixing, and sediment transport in an intertidal area of S.F. Bay. Dr. Talke remains interested in small scale, turbulent mixing process, transport issues, and changes to coastal processes caused by climate and by local anthropogenic development.


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Familkhalili, R; Talke, S A

The effect of channel deepening on tides and storm surge: A case study of Wilmington, NC Journal Article

In: Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (17), pp. 9138–9147, 2016, ISSN: 1944-8007, (2016GL069494).

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Jay, D A; Talke, S A; Hudson, A; Twardowski, M S

Estuarine turbidity maxima revisited: Instrumental approaches, remote sensing, modeling studies, and new directions Book Chapter

In: Ashworth, P J; Best, J L; Parsons, D R (Ed.): 68 , pp. 48-109, Elsevier, 1, 2015, ISBN: 9780444635297.

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Moftakahri, H R; Jay, D A; Talke, S A; Schoellhamer, D H

Estimation of historic flows and sediment loads to San Francisco Bay, 1848-2011 Journal Article

In: Journal of Hydrology, 529 (3), pp. 1247-1261, 2015.


Orton, P M; Talke, S A; Jay, D A; Yin, L; Blumberg, A F; Georgas, N; Zhao, H; Roberts, H J; MacManus, K

Channel Shallowing as Mitigation of Coastal Flooding Journal Article

In: Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 3 (3), pp. 654-673, 2015.


Talke, S A; Orton, P; Jay, D A

Increasing storm tides in New York Harbor, 1844-2013 Journal Article

In: Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (9), 2014.

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de Jonge, V N; Schuttelaars, H M; Beusekom, M.van J M; Talke, S A; de Swart, H E

The influence of channel deepening on estuarine turbidity dynamics, as exemplified by the Ems estuary Journal Article

In: Estuary, Coastal and Shelf Science, 139 , pp. 46-59, 2014.

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Devlin, A T; Jay, D A; Talke, S A; Zaron, E D

Can tidal perturbations associated with sea level variations in the western Pacific Ocean be used to understand future effects of tidal evolution? Journal Article

In: Ocean Dynamics, 64 (8), pp. 1093-1120, 2014.

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Talke, S A; Horner-Devine, A R; Chickadel, C C; Jessup, A T

Turbulent kinetic energy and coherent structures in a tidal river Journal Article

In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118 (12), pp. 6965-6981, 2013.

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Moftakahri, H R; Jay, D A; Talke, S A; Kukulka, T; Bromirski, P D

A novel approach to flow estimation in tidal rivers Journal Article

In: Water Resources Research, 49 (8), pp. 1-16, 2013.

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Jessup, A T; Chickadel, C C; Talke, S A; Horner-Devine, A R

COHSTREX: Coherent Structures in Rivers and Estuaries Experiment Incollection

In: Venditti, J G; L.Best, J; Church, M; Hardy, J R (Ed.): Coherent Flow Structures at Earth's Surface, pp. 215–230, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, New York, 2013.

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CE 361 – Fluid Mechanics

Credits: 4

Lecture and Laboratory: Properties of fluid; fluid statics; fluid dynamics; control volume and Reynolds transport theorem; conservation of mass, momentum and energy; differential analysis; rotational and irrotational flows, non-viscous and viscous flows, Navier Stokes equations. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: EAS 215 and Mth 256

CE 410/510 – TOP: Extreme Events in Environmental Water Resources

Credits: 4

Lecture: The flooding risk of coastal and inland communities depends on the total water level, which is influenced by factors such as land subsidence, sea-level rise, tidal variation, waves, tsunami exposure, river flows, storm surge, and other climate processes. In this course we will investigate both the physics and science behind extreme water levels, using both theory and analysis of actual data, and address the difficult problem of changing (non-stationary) risk. Statistical methods of assessing risk will be introduced, and case-studies of particular areas will be made. ‘Soft’ engineering measures to mitigate floods will be discussed. Students will be expected to complete a project that focuses on data analysis and/or numerical modeling. Local practitioners will be invited to give guest lectures.


CE 410/510 – TOP: Remote Sensing in Coastal and Inland Waters

Credits: 4

Lecture: Remote sensing is becoming increasing important in consulting practice, yet is still under- utilized in coastal and inland waters. This project based class will introduce students to different types of remote sensing techniques used in water resources, including fixed imagery, airborne imagery, and satellite imagery. The focus of the class will be to learn how to analyze remote sensing data products, using the matlab programming environment. Data filtering and error analysis will be covered. A particular focus will be using remote sensing data to understand physical processes. Areas of interest include (a) using infra-red data to assess turbulent structures and turbulence statistics; (b) using infra-red data to assess temperature gradients, upwelling, plumes, and other features in nature; (c) assessing water quality (turbidity, CDOM); (d) imaging and analyzing coastal waves using SAR data; (e) Analyzing flow using Codar and similar instruments; and (f) Analyzing mean sea-level and tides using satellite altimetry. For graduate students, the course will include a final, data based project. The class will include guest lectures by practitioners in the field.


CE 489/589 – Introduction to Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Credits: 4

Lecture and Laboratory: Advanced introduction to the geophysical fluid flows, including properties of seawater; conservation of mass, energy and momentum; dimensional analysis; the Navier‐Stokes, Reynolds and turbulent kinetc energy equations; geostrophy and potential vorticity; long and short waves; and turbulence and boundary layers. May be taken only once for credit.

Prerequisites: EAS 215, Mth 256, CE 361, and CE 362