Che-Wei Chang


Che-Wei Chang joined the faculty of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island in August 2023. Before his move to URI, Dr. Chang was an Assistant Professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University in Japan. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, majoring in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, from Cornell University in 2017.

Dr. Chang’s expertise lies in the fields of coastal engineering and resilience, nearshore hydrodynamics, and water waves. In particular, his research focuses on studying nature-based solutions (natural & nature-based features) and their capability to mitigate coastal hazards and enhance resilience in the face of extreme weather and rising sea levels. In addition, he is interested in coastal morphodynamics and coastal processes under the impacts of climate change. His research integrates numerical modeling with laboratory experiments and field surveys. Through his work, Dr. Chang aims to advance the understanding of the complex interplay and dynamics of coastal systems and their responses to future climates.


  • Coastal Engineering
  • Coastal Resilience
  • Nature-based Solutions (Natural and Nature-based Features)
  • Water waves and Nearshore Hydrodynamics
  • Coastal Morphodynamics and Processes
  • Ocean Wave Modeling
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2017
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, 2008
  • B.S., Soil and Water Conservation, National Chung Hsing University, 2006

Selected Publications

Chang, C.-W., Mori, N., Tsuruta, N., Suzuki, K. and Yanagisawa, H., 2022. An experimental study of mangrove-induced resistance on water waves considering the impacts of typical Rhizophora roots. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 127, e2022JC018653.
Mori, N., Chang, C.-W. et al., 2022. Parameterization of mangrove root structure of Rhizophora stylosa in coastal hydrodynamic model. Frontiers in Built Environment, 7: 782219.
Chang, C.-W. and Mori, N., 2021. Green infrastructure for the reduction of coastal disasters: A review of the protective role of coastal forests against tsunami, storm surge, and wind waves. Coastal Engineering Journal, 63: 370-385.
Hu, J., Mei, C.C., Chang, C.-W. and Liu, Philip L.-F., 2021. Effect of flexible coastal vegetation on waves in water of intermediate depth. Coastal Engineering, 168: 103937.
Chang, C.-W. and Liu, Philip L.-F., 2019. Long waves dissipation and harmonic generation by coastal vegetation, Applied Ocean Research, 82: 210-224.
Chang, C.-W., Liu, Philip L.-F., Mei, C.C., Maza, M., 2017. Periodic water waves through a heterogeneous coastal forest of arbitrary shape, Coastal Engineering, 122: 141-157.
Chang, C.-W., Liu, Philip L.-F., Mei, C.C., Maza, M., 2017. Modeling transient long waves propagating through a heterogeneous coastal forest of arbitrary shape, Coastal Engineering, 122: 124-140.
Liu, Philip L.-F., Chang, C.-W., Mei, C.C., Lomonaco, P., Martin, F.L. and Maza, M., 2015. Periodic water waves through an aquatic forest, Coastal Engineering, 96:100-117.

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