Wenlong Chen

W. Chen


Wenlong Chen


Water Engineering and Management



Tel. secretary





PhD student

Postal Address:

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Civil Engineering
Department of Water Engineering & Management

P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede


Idealized modeling of storm surges in large-scale coastal basins

Coastal areas around the world are frequently attacked by various types of storms, threatening human lives and properties. This study aims to understand storm surge processes in large-scale coastal basins, particularly focusing on the influences of geometry, topography and storm characteristics on the water levels along the coast. To this end, an idealised process-based hydrodynamic model is developed. For arbitrary closed or semi-enclosed basins, it solves the linearised three-dimensional shallow water equations, including the Coriolis effect, forced by time- and space-dependent wind and pressure fields. Due to it’s linearity, the model is allowed to analyse the problem in terms of the basin's frequency response (which reflects its resonance properties). The model is fast because it decouples the vertical calculations, which are analytical, from the horizontal calculations, which are carried out using the Finite Element Method (or, in simplified cases, using semi-analytical techniques).


01-09-2011 - present

PhD. Candidate, University of Twente, Enschede. Modeling storm surges in large-scale coastal basins



MSc. Ocean Construction and Environment (Civil Engineering), ZheJiang University.


BSc. Water Resource and Ocean Engineering (Civil Engineering), ZheJiang University.


1.Chen WL, Roos PC, Schuttelaars HM, Hulscher SJMH (2015) Resonance properties of a closed rotating rectangular basin subject to space- and time-dependent wind forcing. Ocean Dyn 65(3):325–339, DOI 10.1007/s10236-015-0813-2.

2.Chen WL, Roos PC, Schuttelaars HM, Kumar M, Zitman TJ, Hulscher SJMH (submitted) Response of large-scale coastal basins to wind forcing: influence of topography.

3.Chen WL, Straatsma L, Roos PC, Schuttelaars HM, Van Ledden M, Hulscher SJMH (submitted) The influence of storm characteristics on storm surges in the New Orleans coastal basin.

4.Ndungu JN, Chen WL, Augustijn DCM, Hulscher, SJMH. (2015) Analysis of the driving force of hydrodynamics in Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Open Journal of Modern Hydrology 5:95–104, DOI 10.4236/ojmh.2015.54009.

5.Chen WL, Roos PC, Schuttelaars HM, Hulscher SJMH (2014). Storm surge response in large-scale basins: influence of topography. In C.A.F. Schettini(Ed.) Book of abstract of the 17th Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas (PECS) conference, Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil, 19-24 October 2014 (pp.1-4). Pernambuco: Center of Geosciences & Engineering, Federal University of Pernambuco.

6.Chen WL, Roos PC, Schuttelaars HM, Hulscher SJMH (2014). Resonance properties of a closed rotating rectangular basin subject to periodic wind forcing, In M.S. Ab Razak, L. Sembiring & M. van der Wegen (Eds.), Book of abstracts NCK-Days 2014, 27-28 March 2014, Delft: UNESCO-IHE.

7.Chen WL, Roos PC, Schuttelaars HM, Hulscher SJMH(2013). Sand extraction and coastal safety. In: 2013 BURGERSDAG, University of Twente. JMBurgerscentrum.

8.Chen WL, Roos PC, Schuttelaars HM, Hulscher SJMH(2012). Modelling the competition between wind-driven and density-driven circulation in the Ems estuary. In: The physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas (PECS) Symposium, NewYork, USA (pp. 16-17).