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Edward Thornton
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Mail Code: OC/Tm
Department of Oceanography
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2847
Email: thornton (at)
PhD - University of Florida, 1970
MS - University of Florida, 1968
MS - Oregon State, 1965
BA - Willamette University, 1962
BS - Stanford University, 1962
  • 1969 - present, Distinguished Professor, Professor, and Associate Chairman for Research in the Department of Oceanography
  • 1965 - 1969 - Research Associate, Univ of Florida
  • 1964 - 1965 - Oceanographer, Marine Advisors, LaJolla, CA
  • Nearshore Oceanography
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Wave and Surf Forecasting
  • Hydrodynamics (waves and currents) of the Nearshore Sediment Transport
  • Sediment Transport and Morphology of the Nearshore
  • Distinguished Professor, 1996
  • Portuguese Naval Hydrographic Office Medal, 1990
  • Minna-Schaefer Stifund (Germany) Award, 1980
  • National Research Council, 20 year Navy projection, 1972
  • National Research Council, Coastal Engineering Instrumentation, 1989
  • International Coastal Dynamics Conference Organizing Committee, 1994-
  • Chairman, America Geophysical Union Technical Committee on Nearshore Oceanography, 2000-2002
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • Reniers, A.J.H.M., E.B. Thornton, T.P. Stanton and J.A. Roelvink, 2004, Vertical flow structure during Sandy Duck: Observations and modeling, Coastal Eng, (51) 237-260.
  • MacMahan, J., A.J.H.M. Reniers, E.B. Thornton and T.P. Stanton, 2004, Surf zone eddies coupled with rip current morphology, J. Geophys. Res.,109, C07004, doi:10.1029/2003JC002083.
  • MacMahan, J., A.J.H.M. Reniers, E.B. Thornton and T.P. Stanton, 2004, Infragravity rip-current pulsations, J. Geophys. Res., 109, C01033, doi:10.1029/2003JC002068.
  • Reniers, A.J.H.M., E.B. Thornton and J.A. Roelvink, 2004, Morphodynamic modeling of an embayed beach under wave-group forcing, J. Geophys. Res., 109, C01030, doi:10.1029/2002JC001586.
  • Chen, Q., J.T. Kirby, R.A. Dalrymple, F. Shi, and E.B. Thornton, 2003, Boussinesq Modeling of Longshore Currents, J. Geophysical Research, 108 (C11), 3362, doi:10.1029/2002JC001308.
  • Keywords: Nearshore Oceanography, Coastal Engineering

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