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Research Focus

Coastal engineering and science, particularly in the development and application of state-of-the-art numerical models to address coastal resiliency and sustainability.


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Old Dominion University in collaboration with Danish Hydraulic Institute
  • M.Sc. Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Hohai University, China
  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Hohai University, China

Honors & Awards

  • James M. Todd Technological Accomplishment Medal, LES-BTR
  • Best Paper Award, Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists
  • LSU Rainmakers Award for Innovative Research
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2006

Research Overview

Coastal engineering and science, particularly in the development and application of state-of-the-art numerical models to address coastal resiliency and sustainability.

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • L. Zhu, Q. Chen, H. Wang, W. Capurso, L. Niemoczynski, K. Hu, G. Snedden, Field Observations of Wind Waves in Upper Delaware Bay with Living Shorelines, Estuaries and Coasts, 43, 2020, 739-755
  • C. Johnson, Q. Chen, C. Ozdemir, Lidar Time-Series Analysis of a Rapidly Transgressing Low-Lying Mainland Barrier (Caminada Headlands, Louisiana, USA), Geomorphology, 352, 2020, 106979
  • L. Zhu, Q. Chen, Phase-Averaged Drag Force of Nonlinear Waves Over Submerged and Through Emergent Vegetation, Journal of Geophysical Research–Oceans, 124, 2019
  • K. Liu, Q. Chen, K. Hu, K. Xu, R. Twilley, Modeling Hurricane-Induced Wetland-Bay and Bay-Shelf Sediment Fluxes, Coastal Engineering, 135, 2018, 77-90
  • K. Hu, Q. Chen, H .Wang, E.K. Hartig, P.M. Orton, Numerical Modeling of Salt Marsh Morphological Change Induced by Hurricane Sandy, Coastal Engineering 132, 2018, 63-81
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Apr 28, 2021

Designing Storm Strength Simulations to Predict and Mitigate Coastal Flooding

MES/CEE Assistant Professor Samuel Muñoz and CEE/MES Professor Qin Jim Chen, in collaboration with Jeffrey Donnelly from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, were awarded a $590K NSF grant for “Morphodynamic simulations of coastal storms and overwash to characterize back-barrier lake stratigraphies.”

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Aug 28, 2020

Defending Against Mother Nature

While Hurricane Laura was the strongest storm to hit Louisiana in 160 years, CEE Professor Qin Jim Chen worked with local officials to best prepare for and predict the damage caused by the storm.


Jan 30, 2019

Wind and Waves- Lessons in Resiliency from Hurricane Hydrodynamics

CEE/COS Professor Jim Chen and his Coastal Hydrodynamics Lab are studying the development and application of state-of-the-art computational models to address coastal resiliency and sustainability.


Jan 03, 2019

Chen to Lead Grant in Creating Sustainable Deltaic Coasts

CEE/COS Professor Qin Jim Chen is leading a $866K CyberSEES NSF grant, in collaboration with Louisiana State University and Texas A&M University, for “A Coastal Resilience Collaboratory: Cyber-enabled Discoveries for Sustainable Deltaic Coasts”.


May 21, 2018

2018 GRI Seed Grant Awardees

Congratulations to the four COE teams out of eight total receiving 2018 Seed Grant funding from the Global Resilience Institute (GRI). The resilience project topics range from coastal flooding prediction to combating opioid addiction. This year’s pool of proposals was particularly robust, with submissions demonstrating both strengths in their interdisciplinary approaches and in their promise […]

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