Earth and Ocean Sciences

Dr. Joseph Long

Assistant Professor of Oceanography



CMS 1335, DeLoach 104
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-2904; Fax: 910 962-7077
email:, Personal Webpage

Nearshore Processes, Coastal Hazards

B.S. Clarkson University, 2000
M.OcE Oregon State University, 2005
Ph.D. Oregon State University, 2009

OCN150 - Introduction to Oceanography
OCN390 - Field Methods in Oceanography (Beach Processes)

Research Interests:
Dr. Longs research focuses on the on the role that winds, waves, and circulation have on transforming beaches and barrier islands on time scales ranging from extreme events (e.g., hurricanes) to decades.   His research includes the development and application of numerical models to predict coastal hazards including rip currents, storm-induced coastal erosion and flooding, and long-term shoreline change.  These models have been used to better understand and explain coastal processes, inform coastal management decisions, and quantify the vulnerability of communities and ecosystems.