Dr. Brian McFall, PhD, PE

Research Civil Engineer, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, ERDC


Dr. Brian McFall is a coastal engineer at the U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) with an expertise in wave mechanics and coastal morphological evolution. He applies his wave mechanics background to advance the research on nearshore placement of dredged sediment. While working for ERDC he created the Sediment Mobility Tool (SMT) which calculates how often sediment in a nearshore berm will be mobilized and where it is likely to go. He is currently leading a multi-agency team to amass a global beach grain size database to quantify coastal resilience and increase the beneficial use of dredged sediment by engaging citizen scientists in a project coined SandSnap. Outreach activities for SandSnap include educating the public about beach processes and inspiring the next generation to become coastal engineers and scientists by creating “beach kits” filled with scientific beach activities for children to check out at coastal libraries.

Dr. Brian McFall, PhD, PE

Research Projects

All Natural or Nature-Based Feature (NNBF) projects along the coastline involve the construction of features that require, or would benefit from, t......
The bottom friction dissipation in spectral wave models (SWAN, MIKE SW, STWAVE, etc.) is commonly frequency dependent, while the dissipation due to......
Strategic placement of dredged material in the nearshore as a beneficial use technique is a common practice for Operations & Maintenance (O&......
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