Julia Fiedler Kannberg


Project Scientist

Research Interests

  • Observational Nearshore Physical Oceanography
  • Infragravity Waves
  • Surfzone Modeling
  • Wave Runup

    Julia Fiedler's thesis field work obtained quantitative observations of the wave runup and changing sand levels in response to large ocean waves. Existing field observations of wave transformation from offshore to wave runup in large conditions are somewhat limited, and reflect the difficulty of working in this harsh environment. Fiedler used the field observations to calibrate and improve a numerical model (SWASH) to evaluate its fitness for coastal planning and beach management in extreme conditions when shoreline infrastructure is most at risk. In her postdoctoral work she is enjoying focusing on the practical applications of modeled runup, with a focus on in-situ validation.

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    • PhD, Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, 2018
    • MS, Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego,  2013
    • BS, Global Environmental Science, Mathematics Minor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2011
    • BA, Fine Art, Yale University, 2003


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