Project Description

Ole S Madsen

Ole S. Madsen

Donald and Martha Harleman Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: fluid mechanics, coastal engineering


Parsons Laboratory
Room 48-317
15 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Telephone: 617.253.2721
Assistant: Ed Carlevale /


  • S.M. 1964, Technical University of Denmark
  • Sc.D. 1970, MIT

Research Interests

Ole Madsen’s research interests focus on physical processes in the coastal environment, including, but not limited to, transformation of waves up to breaking and beyond with emphasis on the development of simple, yet realistic, models for the turbulent wave bottom boundary, the interaction of waves and current, e.g. wave-induced long-shore currents in the surf zone, the interaction of coastal combined wave-current flows with bottom sediments and the resulting bottom boundary layer processes influencing sediment transport mechanics in the coastal environment.

Teaching Interests

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Theories for Water Waves
  • Sediment Transport Processes in Coastal and Continental Shelf Waters

Selected Publications

  1. Tajima, Y. , O.S. Madsen (2006) Modeling near-shore waves, surface rollers and undertow velocity profiles. J.Waterways, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering ASCE, 132(6):429-438
  2. Herrmann, M., O.S. Madsen (2007) Effect of stratification due to suspended sand on velocity and concentration distribution in unidirectional flows. J. Geophysical Research, 112, C02006, doi:10.1029/206JC003569
  3. Gonzalez-Rodriguez, D., O. S. Madsen (2007) Seabed shear stress and bedload transport due to asymmetric and skewed waves. J. Coastal Engineering, 54(12):914-929, doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2007.06.004
  4. Boundary Layer Hydrodynamics and Bedload Sediment Transport in Oscillating Water Tunnels by D. Gonzalez-Rodriguez and O. S. Madsen, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Accepted and In press, 2010.