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Gabriel Garcia Medina

Gabriel Garcia Medina

Marine Sciences Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
1529 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, Washington 98382


Gabriel is a Post-Doctorate Research Associate in the coastal modeling group. Gabriel’s current work involves assessing the wave energy of the USA, characterizing the wave climate of the Salish Sea, and evaluating the potential effects of a changing climate in the circulation of the Puget Sound. He is interested in computational fluid mechanics at all scales and is always looking for new things to learn.

Research Interests

  • Marine Renewable Energy (waves and tidal)
  • Coastal hazards and climate change impacts on coastal communities
  • Wave runup
  • Wave-current interaction

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Coastal and Ocean Engineering with Oceanography minor, Oregon State University, 2018
  • M.S., Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Oregon State University, 2012
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 2010

Selected Publications


  • García-Medina, G., H. T. Özkan-Haller, P. Ruggiero, R. Holman, and T. Nicolini. 2018. “Analysis and catalogue of sneaker waves in the US Pacific Northwest between 2005 and 2017”, Natural Hazards, 1 – 21, doi:10.1007/s11069-018-3403-z.


  • García-Medina, G., H. T. Özkan-Haller, R. Holman, and P. Ruggiero. 2017. “Large runup controls on a gently sloping dissipative beach”, Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 122 (7), 5998 – 6010, doi:10.1002/2017JC012862.


  • Cheng, T. K., D. F. Hill, J. Beamer, and G. García-Medina. 2015. Climate change impacts on wave and surge processes in a Pacific Northwest (USA) estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 120 (1), 182 – 200, doi: 10.1002/2014JC010268.
  • Parkinson, S., K. Dragoon, G. Reikard, G. García-Medina, H. T. Özkan-Haller, and T. K. A. Brekken. 2015. Integrating ocean wave energy at large-scales: A study of the US Pacific Northwest. Renewable Energy, 76, 551 – 559, doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.11.038.


  • García-Medina, G., H. T. Özkan-Haller, and P. Ruggiero. 2014. Wave resource assessment in Oregon and southwest Washington, USA. Renewable Energy, 64, 203 – 214, doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2013.11.014.


  • García-Medina, G., H. T. Özkan-Haller, P. Ruggiero, and J. Oskamp. 2013. An Inner-Shelf Wave Forecasting System for the US Pacific Northwest. Weather and Forecasting, 28, 681 – 703, doi: 10.1175/WAF-D-12-00055.1.

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