369 Union Street
Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 2R4
Tel: (613) 542-7787
Fax: (613) 533-2128
Dr. Kamphuis is an Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering. His research covers
- hydraulic modelling of coastal sediment transport
- numerical modelling of coastal sediment transport and coastal morphology
- long wave motion in the swash zone and in experimental facilities
- the study of design wave of structures in shallow water
- the development of equipment to improve water quality in marinas and,
- the study of fish habitat near coastal structures
- the study of uncertainty in design
- the relationships between coastal engineering practice and education
- the study of design of resilience into coastal projects
He has also published extensively on the history of coastal engineering, dispute resolution on coastal projects, and coastal engineering project approvals.
NOTE: DR. KAMPHUIS IS NOT ACCEPTING GRADUATE STUDENTS
Introduction to Coastal Engineering and Management (2nd Edition) 2010
This book is based on the author's 34 years of experience as a teacher/researcher of coastal engineering and management and on recent reflections on newly relevant issues, such as consequences of failure, impacts of rising sea levels, aging infrastructure, real estate development, and contemporary decision making, design and education.
This textbook for undergraduate students, postgraduate students and practicing engineers covers waves, structures, sediment movement, coastal management, and contemporary coastal design and decision making, presenting both basic principles and engineering solutions. It discusses the traditional methods of analysis and synthesis (design), but also contemporary design taking into account environmental impacts, consequences of failure, and current concerns such as global warming, aging infrastructure, working with stakeholder groups, regulators, etc.
This second edition expands greatly on the topics of failure and resilience that surfaced as a result of recent disasters from hurricane surges and tsunamis. It updates the discussion of design and decision making in the 21st century, with many new examples presented.
- Water Waves
- Short-Term Wave Analysis
- Long-Term Wave Analysis
- Wave Generation
- Wave Transformation and Breaking
- Tides and Water Levels
- Rare Extraneous Events
- Design of Structures
- Introduction to Coastal Management
- Coastal Sediment Transport
- Basic Shore Processes
- Coastal Design
- One-Dimensional Modeling of Coastal Morphology
- Shore Protection
- Contemporary Concepts
Readership: Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and academics in coastal engineering and management.
Pub. date: May 2010
Selected Recent Publications and Presentations
This page provides links to Dr. J.W. Kamphuis' recent papers and accompanying presentations.
Engineering is not Science
Presentation - YCSEC Conference, Kingston, Canada, 12-15 June 2016.
Abstract: This presentation begins with a discussion of the complex tasks of contemporary engineering: system design, where the system consists of a physico-environmental subsystem + a socio-economic subsystem; contemporary decision-making; other contemporary concepts such as a re-definition of failure resulting in the concepts of ‘living with failure’, mitigation, adaptation, risk and total minimum cost analysis, and introduction of resilience. The presentation concludes with an assessment of the over-emphasis of the science component of engineering in today’s university education of engineers, when compared to the importance of other engineering skills such as design, communication, knowledge of construction, management, etc.
Coastal Modeling, a Retrospective
Paper and Presentation - Coastlab 16, Ottawa, Canada, 10-13 May 2016.
Abstract: This paper discusses the basics of coastal models (both physical and numerical). Then it introduces the learning curve for coastal science and engineering and we discover that we have entered its ‘old age’. The next topic is how to proceed with coastal engineering in 2016 and finally the paper returns to discuss physical models of coastal processes and their unique qualities as a research and teaching tool.
Dealing With Climate Impact
Paper and Presentation - IAHR 2015, The Hague, Netherlands, 29 June - 3 July, 2015
Abstract: This paper discusses the background of Climate Change (CC) research and how CC impacts Coastal/Fluvial professionals. It notes that our professional interest is really in Climate Impact (CI), rather than CC, and that there is very little good information on CI. The three main thrusts of the paper are: 1) How our education system needs to be changed if it is to supply enough competent young professionals in the near future to deal with CI. 2) How to learn about CI, through a highly focused and closely coordinated research program to collect and analyze data from recent incidents of CI. 3) How Coastal/Fluvial professionals must work hard at a number of levels so that both the above needs will be recognized and adequately met.
What do we do now?
Paper and Presentation - Coastal Sediments 2015, San Diego, US, 12 - 15 May, 2015
Abstract: This paper attempts a long-term look at how Coastal Professionals should deal with Climate Change (CC) and Climate Impact (CI). It consists of 2 parts – ‘The Past and the Present’, and ‘The Future’. Part 1 traces the history of standard coastal design methodology, the IPCC’s CC research, the debate around it and how the results affect coastal science and design. Part 2 discusses the time frame to be considered and the urgency of CI. It names six crucially important requirements to be able to proceed into the future. These are: 1. To produce the knowledge and people needed to deal with future CI, university research and teaching cultures need to change fundamentally. 2. We must now increase our knowledge about dealing with CI. 3. The research into CI and design methods must be international, completely focused and closely coordinated. 4. All newfound insights must be shared as soon as possible. 5. A strong international group must be appointed to supervise the research into CI. 6. Funding must be arranged through the beneficiaries of this CI research.
Uncertainty, Research, Science and Engineering in Coastal Dynamics
Paper and Presentation - Coastal Dynamics 2013, Arcachon, France, 25 - 28 June, 2013
Abstract: This paper develops a model for understanding uncertainties in coastal dynamics and analyzes our definitions and methodologies of coastal research, science and engineering against this model. It examines the different research cultures of academia and practice and identifies the need for more co-operation between these two.
Coastal Engineering Education and Coastal Models
Paper and Presentation - 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) in Santander July 1-6, 2012
Abstract: This paper discusses how coastal engineers are educated and how that must be changed in order to be able to meet the future demands for coastal engineers. It also addresses the use of coastal models as a vital tool to demonstrate concepts and processes that are not innately familiar to the students.
Coastal Engineering - Theory and Practice
Keynote presentation - Coastal Sediments 2011, Miami, USA, May 2-6, 2011
Abstract: This paper attempts to identify from historical and sociological perspectives how coastal engineering has developed. Particular attention is paid to how its theory and practice have developed and are becoming alienated so that they no longer complement each other. It concludes with some possible methods to preclude further separation and bring about possible symbiosis.
Moving Forward with (Coastal) Engineering Practice and Education
Keynote presentation at the CSCE Annual Meeting in St. John's Newfoundland, May 28-30, 2009
Moving Forward with (Coastal) Design and Management
Keynote presentation at the Triennial meeting of ASCE, ICE and CSCE in St. John's Newfoundland on June 1 and 2, 2009
Coastal System Resilience
Paper and presentation at the 31st International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) in Hamburg (2008)
Perspective on Coastal Engineering Practice and Education (2008)
Chapter 41 in "Handbook of Coastal and Ocean Engineering", World Scientific Press
Beyond The Limits of Coastal Engineering (2006)
International Conference on Coastal Engineering (2006), September 2006, San Diego.
Pushing the Limits of Coastal Engineering (2005)
Keynote address and presentation at the Arabian Coasts 2005 Conference, Dubai.
Coastal Engineering - Quo Vadis? (2004, 2005)
Presentation at the Battjes Symposium, Delft, Netherlands (2004). Published in Coastal Engineering (2005)