Henry J. Bokuniewicz
Distinguished Service Professor
Ph.D., 1976, Yale University
Nearshore transport processes, coastal groundwater hydrology, coastal sedimentation, marine geophysics
My research is concerned primarily with the behavior of coastal sedimentary systems and coastal groundwater hydrology. My students and I are working with the dynamics of coastal processes, exploring, now, the role of infragravity waves and edge waves in modulating coastal conditions especially the occurrence of rip currents. We are involved with monitoring programs for ocean beaches to investigate shoreline changes, beach dynamics and responses to storms. Other research is being done on wakes of large ships moving across shallow harbors. Field work also is undertaken to quantify the seepage of groundwater across the sea floor especially around oceanic islands as well as to investigate the global impact of coastal groundwater seepage.
Much of this research is directly applicable to problems of coastal zone management. I remain interested in applying my research to practical problems of groundwater seepage at the sea floor, shore erosion, the dispersion of contaminants, dredging and the disposal of the dredged sediments and marine mining.
Morgan Gelinas, M, H. Bokuniewicz, J. Rapaglia, and K.M.M. Lwiza, 2013. Sediment Resuspension by Ship Wakes in the Venice Lagoon Journal of Coastal Research: Volume 29, Issue 1: 8-17. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-11-00213.1
Carretero, S, J. Rapaglia, H. Bokuniewicz, K. Eduardo. 2013. Impact of sea level rise on saltwater intrusion length into the coastal aquifer Partidio de La Costa, Argentina. Continental Shelf Research, in press.
Bokuniewicz, H.J., N. C. Kraus, S. Munger, M. Slattery and R. Coffey, 2010. Monitoring Incipient Breaching at an Artificial Inlet: Georgica Pond, New York. Journal of Coastal Research: in press.
Slattery, M., H. Bokuniewicz and P. Gayes. 2010. Incipient rip-current statistics on an open coast in: Rip Currents: Beach Safety, Physical Oceanography and Wave Modeling. S. Leatherman and J. Fletemeyer, eds. CRC Press. In press.
Rapaglia, J.P. and H. J. Bokuniewicz, 2009. The effect of groundwater advection on salinity in pore waters of permeable sediments. Limnology and Oceanography: 54: 630–643
Bokuniewicz, H.J., M. Taniguchi, T. Ishitoibi, M. Charette,M. Allen, and E.A. Kontar. 2008. Direct measurements of Submarine Groundwater Discharge (SGD) over a fractured rock aquifer in Flamengo Bay Brazil. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science: 466-472
Bokuniewicz, H.J., J. Rapaglia and A. Beck. 2006. Submarine Groundwater Discharge (SGD) from a Volcanic Island: A case study in Mauritius Island. International Journal of Oceans and Oceanography: Vol.1 No.3 ISSN 0973-2667
Buonaiuto, F.S., Bokuniewicz, H.J. and FitzGerald, D.M., 2008. Principal component analysis of morphology change at a tidal inlet: Shinnecock Inlet, NY Journal of Coastal Research 24:867-875.
Burnett, W.C., P.K. Aggarwal, A. Aureli, H. J. Bokuniewicz, J.E. Cable, M.A. Charette, E. Kontar, S. Krupa, K.M. Kulkarni, A. Loveless, W.S. Moore, J.A. Oberdorfer, J. Oliveira, N. Ozyurt, P. Povinec, A.M. G. Privitera, R. Rajar, R.T. Ramessur, J. Scholten, T. Stieglitz, M. Taniguchi, J. V. Turner. 2006. Quantifying submarine groundwater discharge in the coastal zone via multiple methods. Science of the Total Environment 367: 498-543.
Bokuniewicz, H.J. 2005. Sedimentary Processes in the Hudson River Estuary. In “The Hudson River Estuary Ecosystem”. J. Waldman and J. Levinton editors, Cambridge University Press: 39-50.
Bokuniewicz, H.J. 2005. Sedimentary Processes in the Hudson River Estuary “The Hudson River Estuary Ecosystems” J. Waldman and J. Levinton editors, Cambridge University Press, in press.
Bokuniewicz, H., Pollock, M., Blum, J. and R. Wilson. 2005. Submarine Groundwater Discharge and Salt Penetration across the Sea Floor. Groundwater 42: 983-989.
Bokuniewicz, H., W. Burnett, M. Huettel, W. Moore and M. Taniguchi. 2003. Groundwater Pore Water Inputs to the Coastal Zone. Biogeochemistry 66: 3-33, 2003.
Bokuniewicz, H.J. 2001. Towards a coastal groundwater typology. Journal of Sea Research: 46: 99-108.
Bokuniewicz, H.J. 1999. Marine aggregate dredging. Chapter 18 in Handbook of Coastal Engineering. J.B. Herbich, editor, McGraw-Hill.
Giosan, L., H.J. Bokuniewicz, N.Panin, I. Postalache, 1998. Longshore sediment transport pattern along the Romanian Danube Delta Coast. Journal of Coastal Research Volume 15:859-871.
Bokuniewicz, H.J. 1995. Sedimentary systems of coastal plain estuaries. Developments in Sedimentology 53:49-68.
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