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Peter Ruggiero

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Associate Professor

Discipline: Geology and Geophysics
Office: Burt 298
Phone: 541-737-1239
Fax: 541-737-1200
Email: ruggierp@science.oregonstate.edu


Coastal Geomorphology, Coastal Hazards, Nearshore Processes

Research Interests

  1. Coastal Geomorphology: nearshore morphology, modeling coastal change, large-scale coastal behavior;
  2. Coastal Hazards: impact of climate change and variability on coastal change and flood hazards;
  3. Nearshore Processes: swash processes, dynamics of high-energy dissipative beaches.


BS Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1991
MS Civil Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 1993
PhD Civil Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 1997


GEO 433/533 - Coastal Geomorphology
GEO 599 - Coastal Hazards (Special Topics)
OC 664 - Nearshore Sediment Transport

Graduate Students

Pete Adams, PhD, 2004, (UC Santa Cruz)
Assessing Coastal Wave Energy and the Geomorphic Evolution of Rocky Coasts

Renee Shadel, MS, 2003 (Evergreen State College)
Investigating the influence of El Nino events on coastal evolution – North Beach, Washington

Jessica Cote, MS, 1999 (Oregon State University)
The measurement of nearshore bathymetry on intermediate and dissipative beaches


Ruggiero, P., and List, J.H., in press. Improving Accuracy and Statistical Reliability of Shoreline Position and Change Rate Estimates, Journal of Coastal Research.

Ruggiero, P., Buijsman, M.C., Kaminsky, G., and Gelfenbaum, G., in press. Modeling the effect of wave climate and sediment supply variability on large-scale shoreline change, Marine Geology.

Ruggiero, P., 2008. Impacts of climate change on coastal erosion and flood probability in the US Pacific Northwest, Proceedings of Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2008, Oahu, HI.

Adams, P.N., P. Ruggiero, G.C. Schoch, and G. Gelfenbaum, 2007. Intertidal sand body migration along a megatidal coast, Kachemak Bay, Alaska, J. Geophys. Res., 112, F02007, doi: 10.1029/2006JF000487.

Ruggiero, P., Adams, P., and Warrick, J., 2007. Mixed sediment beach processes: Kachemak Bay Alaska, Proceedings Coastal Sediments 2007, ASCE, New Orleans, LA.

Moore, L.J., Ruggiero, P., and List, J.H., 2006. Comparing mean high water and high water line shorelines: Should proxy-datum offsets be incorporated in shoreline change analysis? Journal of Coastal Research, 22(4), 894-905.

Jaffe, B.E., Borrero, J.C., Prasetya, G.S., Peters, R., McAdoo, B., Gelfenbaum, G., Morton, R., Ruggiero, P., Higman, B., Dengler, L., Hidayat, R., Kingsley, E., Kongko, W., Lukijanto, Moore, A., Titov, V., and Yulianto, E., 2006. Northwest Sumatra and Offshore Islands Field Survey after the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2006. Earthquake Spectra, Volume 22, No. S3, pages S105-S135.

Ruggiero, P., List, J., Hanes, D., and Eshleman, J., 2006. Probabilistic shoreline change predictions, Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, ASCE, San Diego, CA, 3417-3429.

Ruggiero, P., Kaminsky, G.M., Gelfenbaum, G., and Voigt, B., 2005. Seasonal to interannual morphodynamics along a high-energy dissipative littoral cell, Journal of Coastal Research, 21(3), 553-578.

Walstra, D.J., Ruggiero, P., Lesser, G., and Gelfenbaum, G., 2005. Modeling nearshore morphological evolution at seasonal scale, Proceedings of the 5 th Conference on Coastal Dynamics, Barcelona, Spain.

Adams , P.N. and Ruggiero, P., 2005. Wave energy dissipation by intertidal sand waves on a mixed-sediment beach, Proceedings of the 5 th Conference on Coastal Dynamics, Barcelona, Spain.

Ruggiero, P., Holman, R.A., and Beach, R.A., 2004. Wave runup on a high-energy dissipative beach, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 109, C06025, doi:10.1029/2003JC002160, 2004.

Ruggiero, P., Kaminsky, G.M., and Gelfenbaum, G., 2003. Linking proxy-based and datum-based shorelines on high-energy coastlines: Implications for shoreline change analyses, Journal of Coastal Research, SI-38, 57-82.

Ruggiero, P., Gelfenbaum, G., Sherwood, C.R., Lacy, J., and Buijsman, M.C., 2003. Linking nearshore processes and morphology measurements to understand large scale coastal change, Proceedings of Coastal Sediments 2003.

Ruggiero, P. and McDougal, W.G., 2001. An analytic model for the prediction of wave setup, longshore currents and sediment transport on beaches with seawalls, Coastal Engineering, (43) 161-182.

Ruggiero, P., Komar, P.D., McDougal, W.G., Marra, J.J., and Beach, R.A., 2001. Wave runup, extreme water levels and the erosion of properties backing beaches, Journal of Coastal Research, 17(2), 407-419.

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