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We aim to create a computational platform for coastal modelers and beyond with our competitiveness and expertise on high performance computing technology and software application.

Design & Implementation

Simulocean is a web-based deployment and visualization framework for coastal modeling and beyond. As shown in the diagram below, Simulocean collects observational data, schedules modeling codes for execution, manages data transfer, visualizes both observational and numerical results. With all the information collected, Simulocean can also provide direct validation and verification for models, and generate high quality technical reports. It provides:

Simulocean Architecture

projects and coastal model management,

GIS-based mesh manipulators,

observational data factory,

numerical data interpolators,

visualization (1D and 2D),

report generation,

model verification and validation,

direct comparison of the output of a series of simulations using the same model.

These modules and tools in Simulocean handle different tasks that are crucial to sucessfully run coastal models and visualize simulation results. Simulocean is built on the Django web development framework and supported by the NG-CHC project. The hardware resources are provided by CCT at LSU.

The Simulocean deployment and visualization framework for coastal modeling is © 2011-2013 the Coastal Hazards Research Collaboratory and distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) v 3.0. This website makes use of the wonderful icon sets by Studio MX and FAMFAMFAM. The icons used are distributed following the original license respectively. The computational resources are provided by the Coastal Hazards Research Collaboratory, the Center for Computational and Technology, and the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative


Simulocean would not have been possible without the effort and input from our CHARCOAL group members and our collaborators in the NG-CHC project. Here we list the current active members of the development team.

Name Email Role Brief Bio
Q. Jim Chen Project lead / Coastal modeler Q. Jim Chen is the first CSRS Distinguished Professor of Coastal Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at LSU and serves as the Coast to Cosmos Focus Area lead at CCT. His research interestes include Coastal Engineering, Numerical Modeling, Water Wave Mechanics, Coastal Hydrodynamics, Nearshore Sediment Transport, Coastal Hazard Prediction and Mitigation, and High-Performance Computing.
Jian Tao Team lead / Developer Jian Tao is an IT consultant / research scientist at CCT. He received his Ph.D in Computational Astrophysics from Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining CCT as an IT consultant / research scientist, he worked at CCT as a postdoc in the XiRel project to build the next generation infrastructure for numerical relativity, and CyberTools project to develop the infrastructures needed for interdisciplinary research.
Kelin Hu Coastal modeler Kelin Hu is an IT consultant / research scientist at CCT. He received his Ph.D in Physical Geography from the East China Normal University . He works on different modeling systems to predict storm surges (ADCIRC/FVCOM/DELFT3D), hurricane waves (SWAN), and corresponding wetland erosion and sedimentation (DELFT3D) under unstructured meshes and curvilinear grids for gulf-scale and regional applications; developing new cyberinfrastructure (CI) tools to improve and integrate these models.
Rui Guo Developer Rui Guo is a graduate research assistant from the Computer Science and Engineering Division at LSU. Rui is currently working on a Master's degree in Computer Science at LSU. His focus is Machine Learning and Big Data Analysis. He is also interested in web design, Cloud computing and HPC.
Wuyi Yu Developer Wuyi Yu is a graduate research assistant from the Computer Science and Engineering Division at LSU. Wuyi is currently working on a Ph.D in Computer Science at LSU. His research interests include Geometric Data Modeling/Processing, Computer Graphics, Computer-aided Design, Vision, and Visualization.
Kyle Parker Coastal modeler Kyle Parker is a graduate research assistant working with Dr. Chen in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at LSU. He received dual Bachelors degree's in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from California State University Chico. Kyle is currently working on a Master's degree in Coastal and Ecological Engineering at LSU and will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a specailty in Coastal Engineering at LSU directly following the Master's program.


Please feel free to send your questions, suggestions, comments, and feature requests to the Simulocean list Requests for collaborating opportunities shall be sent to Q. Jim Chen ( and Jian Tao (


Simulocean Version Control Visualization

by the Simulocean Development Team

The Simulocean development team uses Subversion to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation. Using Gource, a software version control visualization tool, we are able to visually keep track of our development activities.

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SIMULOCEAN has been supported by

NSF the National Science Foundation (Award #1010640)