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Don Resio

Professor | Director

Taylor Engineering Research Institute | College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Areas of Expertise

Coastal & Ocean Engineering, Meteorology, Hydrodynamics


Ph.D. in Environmental Science: Fluid Dynamics, University of Virginia, 1974
M.A., University of Virginia
B.A., University of Virginia


In July 2011, Dr. Resio joined the faculty at the University of North Florida as a Professor of Ocean Engineering and as the Director of the Taylor Engineering Research Institute (TERI).  In this new position, he expects to continue his research activities and hopes to attract interested students to this exciting field of work.  Key elements of his work at UNF will be teaching courses, developing a new curriculum for an advanced degree program in Coastal and Estuarine Engineering, and building a world-class team of faculty members to work with him in developing improved information, insightful identification of problems and innovative problem solutions for those us living in coastal and estuarine areas.

Dr. Resio served as the Senior Technologist for the US Army Corps of Engineers Coastal and Hydraulics Lab from 1994 to 2011.  He directed the Army’s program for joint theater and post-disaster access, under which a new class of expedient bridging was developed to allow rapid access to coastal, estuarine and riverine areas under austere/degraded conditions.  He is a recognized leader in the meteorology, hydrodynamics and probabilistic analysis of environmental hazards in coastal, estuarine, and riverine areas.  He served as a co-leader of the post-Katrina Inter-agency forensics study and subsequently became the leader of the Risk Analysis team for the South Louisiana Hurricane Protection Project.  This team developed a new technical approach for hurricane risk assessment now being used along all US coastlines which is also being extended by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency for new licensing guidelines at coastal sites.  Under the Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency, Dr. Resio led a team of researchers in the development of innovative methods for the rapid repair of levee breaches.  This work offers new options for improved flood mitigation in many areas of the United States.


2014- Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service -the National Research Council of the National     Academies

2013 - Am. Society of Civil Engineers’ Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute -Intl Coastal Engineering Award

2013 - NorthEast Florida Engineers Week - Professor of the Year Award
2011 - Department of the Army Distinguished Civilian Service Award
2008 - Engineering News Record Award of Excellence – McGraw Hill
2007 - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Researcher of the Year Award
2007 - Engineer Research and Development Center Researcher of the Year Award
2007 - Engineer Research and Development Center Program Development Achievement Award
2007 - Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2007 - Chief of Engineers Award for leadership role in Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce
2006 - Engineer Research and Development Center Research and Development Achievement Award


Member of:
- American Meteorological Society
- American Geophysical Union
- Army Engineer Association

Delegate to:
- U.N. Joint Committee for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology
- Co-chair of UN World Meteorological Association Coastal Inundation Forecast Demonstration Project
- Co-organizer of bi-annual international meeting on ocean waves and risk assessment 

Grants and Contracts Awarded

2014-2015. Independent investigation of the methodologies utilized to determine coastal hazards along the Great Lakes for the National Flood Insurance Program. Department of Homeland Security and UNC – Chapel Hill. $ 62,780.00
2014-2015. Joint probability optimal sampling method for tropical storm surge frequency analysis. FEMA and Baker AECOM project amount of $ 34,983.00
2013-2015. Efficient Multi-scale Computation with Improved Momentum Flux Coupling via Operator-Splitting and Probabilistic Uncertainty Quantification. Department of the Army and Jackson State University. $103,127.00
2013-2014. Tsunami & Storm Surge Hazard Assessment at Nuclear Power Plant Sites in the United States. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. $134,970.00
2013-2014. Center for Natural Disasters and Coastal Resilience. Department of Homeland Security and Taylor Engineering. $ 74,999.00
2013-2014. Flooding Evaluations for PSEG Salem and Hope Creek Plants. Funded by PSEG and Atkins Global in the amount of $ 42,012.00
2012-2013 Improved Source Term Formulation for Improved Evolutionary Characteristics of Directional Spectra. Office of Naval Research. Project contract amount of $ 218,676.00
2012. Northeast Florida and Georgia Storm Surge Study. FEMA & Baker AECOM. $14,360.00.
2011-2012. Independent Technical Review of the South Texas Plant Units 3 & 4 Storm Surge Analysis. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Project contract amount of $11,088.00
2011-2012. Wind and Pressure Fields Project in Support of STARR’s Modeling of Flood Levels on Lake Huron. (FEMA) Project amount of $36,070.00

Publications & Presentations

Resio, D.T., and B.P. Hayden, 1975:  Recent secular variation in mid-Atlantic winter extratropical storm climates.  J. Appl. Meteor., 14, 1223-1234.

Resio, D.T., C.L. Vincent, R. Dolan, and B.P. Hayden, 1977:  Systematic variation in offshore bathymetry.  J. Geol., 85, No. 1, 105-112.

Vincent, C.L., R. Dolan, B.P. Hayden, and D.T. Resio, 1976:  Systematic variation of Barrier Island topography.  J. Geol., 84, No. 5, 583-592.

Resio, D.T., and C.L. Vincent, 1977:  An Eigenfunction parameterization of a time series of wave spectra.  Coastal Engr., 1, 185 205.

Resio, D.T., and C.L. Vincent, 1977:  Estimation of the winds over the Great Lakes.  ASCE J. Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engr., 103, 265-283.

Vincent, C.L., and D.T. Resio, 1979:  A discussion of wave prediction in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.  Marine Forecasting Predictability and Modeling in Ocean Hydrodynamics, Elsevier Oceanography Series, Ed. Jacques C.J. Nihoul.

Resio, D.T., 1981:  The estimation of wind-wave generation in a discrete spectral model.  J. Phys. Oceanogr., 11(4).

Resio, D.T., and C.L. Vincent, 1982:  A comparison of various numerical wave prediction techniques.  J. Soc. Petr. Engr., 22(5), 764 774.

Borgman, L.E., and D.T. Resio, 1982:  Extremal statistics in wave climatology.  Topics in Ocean Physics.

Resio, D.T., 1987:  Shallow-water waves, Part I: Theory.  ASCE. J. Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engr., 113(3), 266-283.

Resio, D.T., 1988:  Shallow-water waves, Part II: Data comparisons.  ASCE J. Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engr., 114(1), 1-16.

Resio, D.T., and W. Perrie, 1989:  Implications of an f-4 equilibrium range for wind-generated waves.  J. Phys. Oceanogr., 19(2), 193-204.

Vincent, C.L., and D.T. Resio, 1990:  Wave forecasting and hindcasting in deep and shallow water.  Handbook of Coastal Engineering, Volume 1: Wave Phenomena and Coastal Structures, Ed. J.B. Herbich, 213-248.

Resio, D.T., and W. Perrie, 1991:  A numerical study of nonlinear energy fluxes due to wave-wave interactions in a wave spectrum.  Part I: Methodology and basic results.  J. Fluid Mech., 223, 603 629.
Cardone, V.J., Jenson, R.E., Resio, D.T., Swail, V.R., and A.T. Cox: Evaluation of contemporary ocean wave models in rare extreme events:  The “Halloween storm” of October 1991 and the “storm of the century” of March 1993.  J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 13, 198-230.

Resio, D.T., Swail, V.R., Jensen, R.E., and V.J. Cardone, 1999: Wind speed scaling in fully-developed seas. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 29, 1801-1811.

Resio, D.T. and V.J. Cardone, 1999: Wave Climate Modeling, Shore and Beach, 14.

Hwang, P.A., Bratos, S.M., Teague, W.J., Wang, D.W., Jacobs, G.A., and D.T. Resio, 1999: Winds and Waves in the Yellow and East China Sea: A Comparison of Altimeter Measurements and Model Results, J. of Oceanogr.,55, No 2, 307-325.

Resio, D.T., Pihl, J., Tracy, B.A. and C.L. Vincent: 2001: Nonlinear Energy Fluxes and the finite-depth equilibrium range in wave spectra, J. Geophys. Res.(Oceans),106, No. C4, 6985-7000.

Onorato, M., Osborne, A.R., Serio,M., Resio, D, Pushkarev, A., Zakharov, V.E., Brandini, C., 2002: Freely Decaying Weak Turbulence for Sea Surface Gravity Waves, The American Physical Society, 89, No. 14, 144501-4.

Pushkarev, A., D. Resio, and V. Zakharov, 2003:  Weak turbulence approach to the wind-generated gravity sea waves, Physica D, 184, 29-63.

Resio, D.T., Long, C.E., and C.L. Vincent, 2004:  Equilibrium-range constant in wind-generated wave spectra, J. Geophys. Res., (Oceans), 109, C01018.

Pushkarev, A., D. Resio, and V. Zakharov, 2004:  Second generation diffusion model of interacting gravity waves on the surface of a deep fluid, Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (NPG), 11, 329-342.

Badulin, S.I., Pushkarev, A.N., Resio, D.T., and V.E. Zakharov, 2005:  Self-similarity of wind-driven seas, Nonlinear Proc in Geophy, 12, 891-945.

Long, C.E, and D. Resio, 2007: Wind wave spectral observations in Currituck Sound, North Carolina, J. Geophys. Res.  112, CO5001.

Ebersole, B.A., Resio, D.T., and J. J. Westerink: A Community Approach to Improved Prediction and Characterization of Coastal Storm Hazards,  Stemming the Tide of Coastal Disasters, Part 1, Volume 40, Number 4, Winter 2006/2007

Korotkevich, A.O., Pushkarev, A., Resio, D. and V. Zakharov, 2007: Numerical Verification of the Hasselmann  equation, in the book ”Tsunami and Nonlinear Waves”, Kundu, Anjan (Editor), Springer 2007, Approx. 325 p., 170 illus., Hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-540-71255-8.
Korotkevich, A.O., Pushkarev, D., Resio, D. and V.E. Zakharov, 2007: Numerical verification of the weak turbulent model for swell evolution, European J. Mech. B/Fluids, 27, 361-387.

Badulin, S.I., Babanin, A.V., Zakharov, V.E., and D. Resio, 2007: Weakly turbulent laws of wind-wave growth, J. Fluid Mech., 591, 339-378.

V.E. Zakharov, A.O. Korotkevich, A. Pushkarev and D. Resio, 2007: Coexistence of Weak and Strong Wave Turbulence in a Swell Propagation, Phys.Rev.Letters, 99, 164501-1 – 164501-4.

Resio, D.T. and J.J. Westerink: 2008, Modeling the Physics of Hurricane Storm Surges, Physics Today, September, 33-38.

Irish, J.L., Resio, D.T., and J.J. Ratcliff, 2008:  The influence of storm size on hurricane surge, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 38 (11), 2003-2013.

Resio, D.T. and W. Perrie, A two-scale approximation for nonlinear energy fluxes in a wind wave spectrum Part I ,  J. Phys. Oceanogr. 2008., Volume 38 (11), 2801-2816.

Resio, D.T., Irish, J.L., and M.A. Cialone, 2008: A surge response function approach to coastal hazard assessment: Part 1, Basic Concepts, J. Natural Hazards doi:10.1007/s11069-009-9379-y.

Irish, J.L., D.T. Resio, and M.A. Cialone, 2008: A surge response function approach to coastal hazard assessment: Part 2, Quantification of spatial attributes of response functions, J. Natural Hazards, doi:10.1007/s11069-9381-4.

Onorato, M., Osborne, A. R., Janssen, P. A. E. M. & Resio, D.: 2009,  Four-wave resonant interactions in the classical quadratic Boussinesq equations, J. Fluid Mech, 618 ,  263-277.

Perrie, W. and D.T. Resio, 2009: A two-scale approximation for nonlinear energy fluxes in a wind wave spectrum Part II , accepted for publication in J. Phys. Oceanogr.

Resio, D.T. and J.L. Irish, 2015.  Tropical Cyclone Storm Surge Risk.  Current Climate Change Report, Springer, 1, 74-84.  doi:10.1007/s40641-015-0011-9.

Resio, D.T., C.L. Vincent, and D. Ardag, 2015.  Characteristics of directional wave spectra and implications for detailed-balance wave modeling.  Ocean Modelling, 103, 1-15.  doi: 10.106/j.ocemod.2015.09.009.

Irish, J.L., R. Weiss, and D.T. Resio, 2016.  "Physical Characteristics of Coastal Hazards."  Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering (M. Dhanak and N. Xiros, eds.), Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg Press, New York, NY, pp 549-562.

Resio, D.T., M.A. Tumeo and J.L. Irish, 2016.  Statistical Characteriation of Hazards and Risk in Coastal Areas.  Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering (M. Dhanak and N. Xiros, eds.) Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg Press, New York, NY, pp 567-593.



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