Professor Emeritus

Burt 144

Research Interests

Beach processes; measurements of near-shore waves and currents; models of sandbar generation and morphology; application of remote sensing to near-shore processes, large-scale coastal behavior.

Current Research

Interactions of waves with near-shore morphology; measurement and modeling of sandbar morphology climatology; remote-sensing signatures in the near-shore. For more information about the research program, see Coastal Imaging Lab.


BS, Royal Military Coll, Kingston Canada (Honors Mathematics and Physics), 1972
PhD, Dalhousie University (Physical Oceanography), 1979


Holman, R.A., Pattern formation in the nearshore, proceedings of the IAHR Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, Genoa, Italy, in press.

Konicki, K. and R.A. Holman, The statistics and kinematics of transverse sandbars on an open coast, Marine Geology, 169, 69-101, 2000.

Plant, N.G., Frelich, M.F and R.A. Holman, The role of morphological feedback in surf zone sand bar response, J. Geophys. Res., 106(C1), 973-989, 2001.