Peter Bacopoulos

Assistant Professor

Civil Engineering • College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Areas of Expertise

Coastal Engineering, Numerical Modeling of Coastal and Estuarine Systems

Education

Ph.D. Civil Engineering

Dissertation: Estuarine Influence on Tidally Driven Circulation in the South Atlantic Bight

University of Central Florida

December 2009

 

M.S. Civil Engineering

Thesis: Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation of the Tides in the Loxahatchee River Estuary (Southeastern Florida)

University of Central Florida

December 2005

 

B.S. Civil Engineering

University of Central Florida

December 2003

Biography

I am Peter (Pete) Bacopoulos.  I am a native Floridian.  I was born and raised in Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale (1980-1999).  I went for higher education and did post-doctoral teaching and research at the University of Central Florida-CHAMPS Lab in Orlando (1999-2012).  I am now located at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville within the School of Engineering (2012-present).  My research interests are numerical modeling of coastal and estuarine systems to inform engineering, ecosystem management and social valuation of natural and built environments.  My personal interests are food (cooking and going out, all sorts), drink (craft brew, especially IPAs) and outdoor activities (on water or on land), all of which are plentiful in and around Jacksonville.  I love my parents (Peter and Ellie) who live in Ormond Beach and my twin brother (Kenny) who lives in Orlando.  I also don't mind living, relaxing and enjoying the vistas 12 floors up on the Southbank of the St. Johns River—Downtown Jax.

Awards

Outstanding Dissertation Award, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering, UCF. Spring 2010

Graduate Student Teaching Award, College of Engineering and Computer Science, UCF. Spring 2008, Spring 2009

Outstanding Master's Thesis Award, College of Engineering and Computer Science, UCF. Spring 2007

I2 Lab Fellowship, I2 (Interdisciplinary Information Science and Technology) Lab, UCF. Summer 2006

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering, UCF. Spring 2006

Affiliations

American Geophysical Union

American Society of Civil Engineers

Coast, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute

Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society)

Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society)

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Wang, D., Medeiros, S. C., Bacopoulos, P., Brown, C., and Loh, C. (2014). "Economic valuation of wetlands, river-related properties and water sources for the St. Johns River" Short-term funding provided by the Office of Senator Thrasher ($127,254). Subcontract to UNF in the amount of $60,000 ($25,542 to PB).

Hagen, S. C., Bacopoulos, P., Srinivas, R., and Bratos, S. M. (2013). "Integrated modeling of hydrodynamics and marsh response for assessment of sea-level rise and channel dredging impacts." One-year funding provided by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District ($60,000). Subcontract to UNF in the amount of $21,175.

Wang, D., Madani, K., Hagen, S. C., Bacopoulos, P., and Bratos, S. M. (2012). "An integrated climate change impact assessment tool for flooding of the lower St. Johns River." Two-year funding provided by the Florida Sea Grant College Program ($199,771). Subcontract to UNF in the amount of $11,434. Extra subcontract to UNF in the amount of $22,482.

Co-I on 9 closed projects totaling $787,286.

Publications & Presentations

Bacopoulos, P., Tang, Y., Wang, D., Hagen, S. C., and Demissie, H. K. (2014). "Integrated hydrologic-hydrodynamic modeling of flooding in the lower St. Johns River Basin caused by Tropical Storm Fay (2008)." Journal of Hydrology, accepted.

Bacopoulos, P., Kubatko, E. J., Hagen, S. C., and Cox, A. T. (2014). "High resolution, 2D salinity calculations for the lower St. Johns River, northeast Florida, USA." Journal of Hydrology, accepted.

Bacopoulos, P., and Hagen, S. C. (2014). "Dynamic considerations of sea-level rise with respect to boundary conditions for and flooding of Apalachicola Bay and region." Journal of Coastal Research—Special Issue on Climate Change Impacts on Surface Water Systems, accepted.

Bacopoulos, P., Lambert, J. D., Hertz, M., Montoya, L., and Smith, T. (2014). "Field and model study to define baseline conditions of beached oil tar balls along Florida's First Coast." Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 2(1), 160–170.

Huang, W., Hagen, S. C., and Bacopoulos, P. (2014). "Hydrodynamic modeling and analysis of sea-level rise impacts on salinity and oyster growth in Apalachicola Bay, Florida." Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2014.11.008.

Huang, W., Hagen, S. C., Bacopoulos, P., and Wang, D. (2014). "Hydrodynamic modeling of Hurricane Dennis impact on estuarine salinity variation in Apalachicola Bay." Journal of Coastal Research, 30(2), 389–398.

Huang, W., Hagen, S. C., Bacopoulos, P., and Teng, F. (2014). "Hydrodynamic modeling of sea-level rise impacts on hurricane-induced salinity variations in Apalachicola Bay, Florida, USA." Journal of Coastal Research—Special Issue on Climate Change Impacts on Surface Water Systems, accepted.

Tamura, H., Bacopoulos, P., Wang, D., Hagen, S. C., and Kubatko, E. J. (2014). "State estimation of hydrodynamics in the lower St. Johns River using ensemble Kalman filter." Advances in Water Resources, 63(January), 45–56.

Hagen, S. C., and Bacopoulos, P. (2012). “Coastal flooding in Florida’s Big Bend Region with application to sea level rise based on synthetic storms analysis.” Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 23(5), 481–500.

Hagen, S. C., Morris, J. T., Bacopoulos, P., and Weishampel, J. F. (2012). “Sea-level rise impact on a salt marsh system of the lower St. Johns River.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 139(2), 118–125.

Bacopoulos, P., Dally, W. R., Hagen, S. C., and Cox, A. T. (2012). “Observations and simulation of winds, surge, and currents on Florida’s east coast during Hurricane Jeanne (2004).” Coastal Engineering, 60(February), 84–94.

Bacopoulos, P., Hagen, S. C., Cox, A. T., Dally, W. R., and Bratos, S. (2012). “Observation and simulation of winds and hydrodynamics in St. Johns and Nassau Rivers.” Journal of Hydrology, 420–421(14 February), 391–402.

Atkinson, J., Roberts, H., Hagen, S. C., Zou, S., Bacopoulos, P., Medeiros, S., Weishampel, J., and Cobell, Z. (2011). “Deriving frictional parameters and performing historical validation for an ADCIRC storm surge model of the Florida gulf coast.” Florida Watershed Journal, 4(2), 22–27.

Bacopoulos, P., Parrish, D. M., and Hagen, S. C. (2011). “Unstructured mesh assessment for tidal model of the South Atlantic Bight and its estuaries.” Journal of Hydraulic Research, Special Issue on Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics, 49(4), 487–502.

Giardino, D., Bacopoulos, P., and Hagen, S. C. (2011). “Tidal spectroscopy of the Lower St. Johns River from a high-resolution shallow water hydrodynamic model.” International Journal of Ocean and Climate Systems, 2(1), 1–18.

Hagen, S. C., Bacopoulos, P., Cox, A. T., and Cardone, V. J. (2011). “Hydrodynamics of the 2004 Florida hurricanes.” Journal of Coastal Research, 28(5), 1121–1128.

Salisbury, M. B., Hagen, S. C., Coggin, D., Bacopoulos, P., Atkinson, J., and Roberts, H. (2011). “Unstructured mesh development for the Big Bend Region (Florida).” Florida Watershed Journal, 4(2), 11–14.

Bacopoulos, P., Funakoshi, Y., Hagen, S. C., Cox, A. T., and Cardone, V. J. (2009). “The role of meteorological forcing on the St. Johns River (northeastern Florida).” Journal of Hydrology, 369(1/2), 55–70.

Bacopoulos, P., and Hagen, S. C. (2009). “Tidal simulations for the Loxahatchee River estuary (southeastern Florida): On the influence of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway versus the surrounding tidal flats.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 135(6), 259–268.

Funakoshi, Y., Hagen, S. C., and Bacopoulos, P. (2008). “Coupling of hydrodynamic and wave models: A case study for a Hurricane Floyd (1999) hindcast.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 134(6), 321–335.

Dietsche, D., Hagen, S. C., and Bacopoulos, P. (2007). “Storm surge simulations for Hurricane Hugo (1989): On the significance of inundation areas.” Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 133(3), 183–191.

BacopoulosContact Information

Building 50, Room 3000

(904) 620-1846

peter.bacopoulos@unf.edu