Research direction 1
Metocean Conditions and Flow-structure Interactions
Research objectives of this direction are to (1) improve the current methodologies for predicting metocean conditions (winds, currents, surface waves and internal waves) that can be directly used in engineering designs, (2) explore fundamental physics behind complex flow-structure interaction problems, (3) develop predictive methods for dynamic responses of coastal and offshore structures under various environmental loadings and (4) tackle new technological challenges arising from and provide technical supports to the research activies in other four research directions.
Research direction 2
Estuary and Coast Managements
The research objectives in this direction are to (1) investigate the responses of coastal ecosystems and ocean environments to the fresh water, sediment and pollutant discharges from land and rivers and develop corresponding integrated predictive models for the responses, (2) develop management strategies and tools for eco-friendly estuary and coastal environments, (3) develop management plans and countermeasure technologies for coastline protections against increasing human activities and rising sea levels due to climate changes and (4) explore the impact of climate change on mechanical properties of ice in polar regions.
Research direction 3
Key Coastal and Sea-crossing Infrastructures
The research in this direction mainly concerns with design, construction and disaster Prevention and Mitigation Technologies of large-scale coastal and sea-crossing engineering infrastructures, such as port, nuclear power generation facilities, infrastructure on remote island reefs, sea-crossing bridges and tunnels, and marine geotechnical engineering.
Research Direction 4
Infrastructure Engineering for Marine Resource Extractions
The research in this direction mainly focuses on developing novel technologies for the design and safe operation of key infrastructure for energy and resource extractions from marine environments such as marine renewable energy, oil and gas, methane hydrates, aquaculture products and minerals from the seabed. The key infrastructures include fixed and floating platforms, renewable energy harvesting devices, subsea structures, pipelines and aquaculture facilities.
Research Direction 5
Asset Management Engineering
The research in this direction is mainly concerned with asset management of key coastal and offshore facilities. The main objective is to develop new health monitoring and life-cycle performance assessment technologies, artificial intelligence, operation and construction of smart green ports.