Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the University of Delaware

Nobuhisa Kobayashi

207 Ocean Engineering Lab
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-8044
Research Website


1979 | Ph.D | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1976 | Master | Kyoto University
1974 | Bachelor | Kyoto University


Swash hydrodynamics, sediment transport mechanics, coastal structures, nearshore processes, beach erosion


  • Coastal and Ocean
  • Disasters


Chapters in Books

  1. Kobayashi, N. (2003), “Numerical Modeling as a Design Tool for Coastal Structures,” Advances in Coastal Structure Design, ASCE, 80-96.
  2. Yamada, F., Kobayashi, N., and Kakinoki, T. (2006).  “Quadratic Profile Approach for Morphological Changes on Intertidal Mudflat,” Estuarine and Coastal Fine Sediment Dynamics, Elsevier, 385-405.
  3. Kobayashi, N. (2009).  “Efficient Wave and Current Models for Coastal Structures and Sediments,” Nonlinear Wave Dynamics, edited by Lynett, P., World Scientific, 67-87.
  4. Kobayashi, N., Payo, A., and Johnson, B.D. (2009).  “Suspended Sand and Bedload Transport on Beaches.”  Handbook of Coastal and Ocean Engineering, World Scientific, Singapore, Chapter 28, 807-823.

Refereed Journal Publications

  1. Fukumoto, T. and Kobayashi, N. (2005).  “Bottom Stratification and Water Exchange in Enclosed Bay with Narrow Entrance,” Journal of Coastal Research, 21(1), 135-145.
  2. Kobayashi, N., Zhao, H. and Tega, Y. (2005). “Suspended Sand Transport in Surf Zones,” Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, C12009, doi:10.1029/2004JC002853.
  3. de los Santos, F.J., Kobayashi, N., Meigs, L.E. and Losada, M.A. (2005).  “Irregular Wave Runup and Setup on Porous Structures,” Journal Ingenieria Civil, 140, 75-83 (in Spanish).
  4. Kobayashi, N., Meigs, L.E., Ota, T. and Melby, J.A. (2007).  “Irregular Breaking Wave Transmission over Submerged Porous Breakwaters,” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, ASCE, 133(2), 104-116.
  5. Kobayashi, N., Agarwal, A. and Johnson, B.D. (2007).  “Longshore Current and Sediment Transport on Beaches,” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, ASCE, 133(4), 296-304.
  6. Yamada, F. and Kobayashi, N. (2007).  “Intertidal Multiple Sand Bars in a Low-Energy Environment,” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, ASCE, 133(5), 343-351.
  7. Kobayashi, N. and de los Santos, F.J. (2007).  “Irregular Wave Seepage and Overtopping of Permeable Slopes,” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, ASCE, 133(4), 245-254.
  8. Puleo, J.A., Farhadzadeh, A. and Kobayashi, N. (2007).  “Numerical Simulation of Swash Zone Fluid Accelerations,” Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, C07007, doi:10.1029/2006JC004084
  9. Kobayashi, N., de los Santos, F.J. and Kearney, P.G. (2008).
  10. “Time-Averaged Probabilistic Model for Irregular Wave Runup on Permeable Slopes,”Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, ASCE, 134(2), 88-96.


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