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.

The care of rivers is not a question of rivers, but of the human heart.
Tanaka Shozo, 1910
Water is the best of all things.
Pindar
What is sure is that the satellite view of our world and its evolution is now a common reality
Olivier Theyskens
Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good, Now, cryin’ won’t help you, praying won’t do you no good, When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move
Led Zeppelin. "When the Levee Breaks". Led Zeppelin IV. 1971
We owe our lives to the sun… How is it, then, that we feel no gratitude?
Lewis Thomas, Earth Ethics (Summer 1990)
… Ocian in view! O! the joy! …
Captain William Clark upon seeing the Columbia River estuary, Nov. 7, 1805
For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.
Sandra Postel
The use of sea and air is common to all; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession therof.
Queen Elizabeth the I of England, Letters
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Buddha
Turbulence is the most important unsolved problem of classical physics.
Richard Feynman