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Gabriel Garcia Medina

Gabriel Garcia Medina

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Biography

ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1510-3155

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

PNNL Publications

2022

  • Buenau K.E., L. Garavelli, L.G. Hemery, and G. Garcia Medina. 2022. "A review of modeling approaches for understanding and monitoring the environmental effects of marine renewable energy." Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 10, no. 1:Art. No. 94. PNNL-SA-156376. doi:10.3390/jmse10010094
  • Gaudet B.J., G. Garcia Medina, R. Krishnamurthy, W.J. Shaw, L.M. Sheridan, Z. Yang, and R.K. Newsom, et al. 2022. "Evaluation of coupled wind-wave model simulations of offshore winds in the Mid-Atlantic Bight using lidar-equipped buoys." Monthly Weather Review 150, no. 6:1377-1395. PNNL-SA-161940. doi:10.1175/MWR-D-21-0166.1
  • Sheridan L.M., R. Krishnamurthy, G. Garcia Medina, B.J. Gaudet, W.I. Gustafson, A.M. Mahon, and W.J. Shaw, et al. 2022. "Offshore Reanalysis Wind Speed Assessment Across the Wind Turbine Rotor Layer off the United States Pacific Coast." Wind Energy Science 7, no. 5:2059-2084. PNNL-SA-169723. doi:10.5194/wes-7-2059-2022

2021

  • Bhatnagar D., S. Bhattacharya, D.C. Preziuso, S. Hanif, R.S. O'Neil, M.E. Alam, and V.H. Chalishazar, et al. 2021. Grid Value Proposition of Marine Energy. PNNL-31123. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Grid Value Proposition of Marine Energy
  • Branch R.A., G. Garcia Medina, Z. Yang, T. Wang, F.M. Ticona Rollano, and L. Hosekova. 2021. "Modeling Sea Ice Effects for Wave Energy Resource Assessments." Energies 14, no. 12:3482. PNNL-SA-163118. doi:10.3390/en14123482
  • Branch R.A., Z. Yang, T. Wang, G. Garcia Medina, and J.M. Whiting. 2021. Sea Ice Collision Risk Assessment for Tidal Turbine Siting in Cook Inlet, Alaska. PNNL-32329. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Sea Ice Collision Risk Assessment for Tidal Turbine Siting in Cook Inlet, Alaska
  • Garcia Medina G., Z. Yang, N. Li, K.F. Cheung, H. Wang, and F.M. Ticona Rollano. 2021. High-Resolution Regional Wave Hindcast for U.S. Pacific Island Territories. PNNL-31208. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. High-Resolution Regional Wave Hindcast for U.S. Pacific Island Territories
  • Garcia Medina G., Z. Yang, W. Wu, and T. Wang. 2021. "Wave resource characterization at regional and nearshore scales for the U.S. Alaska coast based on a 32-year high-resolution hindcast." Renewable Energy 170. PNNL-SA-157556. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2021.02.005
  • Krishnamurthy R., G. Garcia Medina, B.J. Gaudet, A.M. Mahon, R.K. Newsom, W.J. Shaw, and L.M. Sheridan. 2021. "Potential of Offshore Wind Energy Off the Coast of California." In OCEANS 2021, September 20-23, San Diego, CA, 1-6. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-164552. doi:10.23919/OCEANS44145.2021.9705976
  • Li N., G. Garcia Medina, K.F. Cheung, and Z. Yang. 2021. "Wave energy resources assessment for the multi-modal sea state of Hawaii." Renewable Energy 174. PNNL-SA-158387. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2021.03.116
  • Robertson B., G. Dunkle, J. Gadasi, G. Garcia Medina, and Z. Yang. 2021. "Holistic Marine Energy Resource Assessments: A Wave and Offshore Wind Perspective of Metocean Conditions." Renewable Energy 170. PNNL-SA-158408. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2021.01.136

2020

  • Garcia Medina G., W.J. Shaw, Z. Yang, and R.K. Newsom. 2020. Mid-Atlantic Bight wave hindcast to support DOE lidar buoy deployments: model validation. PNNL-29814. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Mid-Atlantic Bight wave hindcast to support DOE lidar buoy deployments: model validation
  • Newsom R.K., L.M. Sheridan, B.J. Gaudet, G. Garcia Medina, Z. Yang, R. Krishnamurthy, and W.J. Shaw. 2020. A Study on Modeled Wind Speed Errors Using the U.S. Department of Energy Buoys. PNNL-30117. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. A Study on Modeled Wind Speed Errors Using the U.S. Department of Energy Buoys
  • Preziuso D.C., G. Garcia Medina, R.S. O'Neil, Z. Yang, and T. Wang. 2020. "Evaluating the Potential for Tidal Phase Diversity to Produce Smoother Power Profiles." Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 8, no. 4:246. PNNL-SA-150809. doi:10.3390/jmse8040246
  • Shaw W.J., J. Draher, G. Garcia Medina, A.M. Gorton, R. Krishnamurthy, R.K. Newsom, and M.S. Pekour, et al. 2020. General Analysis of Data Collected from DOE Lidar Buoy Deployments Off Virginia and New Jersey. PNNL-29823. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. doi:10.2172/1632348.General Analysis of Data Collected from DOE Lidar Buoy Deployments Off Virginia and New Jersey
  • Ticona Rollano F.M., T. Tran, Y. Yu, G. Garcia Medina, and Z. Yang. 2020. "Influence of Time and Frequency Domain Wave Forcing on the Power Estimation of a Wave Energy Converter Array." Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 8, no. 3:171. PNNL-SA-150553. doi:10.3390/jmse8030171
  • Wang T., Z. Yang, F.M. Ticona Rollano, W. Wu, and G. Garcia Medina. 2020. "A High-resolution Regional Wave Resource Characterization For The U.S. West Coast." In Proceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2020), May 4-7, 20202, Houston;Texas, 2020. Richardson, Texas:Society of Petroleum Engineers. PNNL-SA-150962. doi:10.4043/30669-MS
  • Wu W., T. Wang, Z. Yang, and G. Garcia Medina. 2020. "Development and validation of a high-resolution regional wave hindcast model for U.S. West Coast wave resource characterization." Renewable Energy 152. PNNL-SA-150805. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2020.01.077
  • Yang Z., G. Garcia Medina, W. Wu, and T. Wang. 2020. "Characteristics and Variability of the Nearshore Wave Resource on the U.S. West Coast." Energy 203. PNNL-SA-153191. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2020.117818
  • Yang Z., R.A. Branch, G. Garcia Medina, and T. Wang. 2020. Sea-Ice Effects on the Alaskan Wave Climate. PNNL-30235. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Sea-Ice Effects on the Alaskan Wave Climate

2019

  • Garcia Medina G., Z. Yang, N. Li, K.F. Cheung, T. Wang, and W. Wu. 2019. High-Resolution Regional Wave Hindcast for Hawaii. PNNL-29370. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. High-Resolution Regional Wave Hindcast for Hawaii
  • Parker K., D. Hill, G. Garcia Medina, and J. Beamer. 2019. "The effects of changing climate on estuarine water levels: a United States Pacific Northwest case study." Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 19, no. 8:1601-1618. PNNL-SA-147651. doi:10.5194/nhess-19-1601-2019
  • Preziuso D.C., G. Garcia Medina, R.S. O'Neil, and Z. Yang. 2019. "Evaluating the tidal energy resource for smooth power output and grid integration in the United States." In OCEANS 2019 MTS/IEEE, October 27-31, 2019, Seattle, WA. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-147231. doi:10.23919/OCEANS40490.2019.8962815
  • Yang Z., G. Garcia Medina, W. Wu, T. Wang, L. Leung, L. Castrucci, and G. Mauger. 2019. "Modeling Analysis of the Swell and Wind-Sea Climate in the Salish Sea." Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 224. PNNL-SA-140307. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2019.04.043
  • Yang Z., W. Wu, T. Wang, G. Garcia Medina, and L. Castrucci. 2019. High-Resolution Regional Wave Hindcast for the U.S. Alaska Coast. PNNL-29479. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. High-Resolution Regional Wave Hindcast for the U.S. Alaska Coast

2018

  • Yang Z., W. Wu, T. Wang, L. Castrucci, and G. Garcia Medina. 2018. Simulating Wave Climate in the Salish Sea. PNNL-27998. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Simulating Wave Climate in the Salish Sea

Selected Publications

2018

  • 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.

2017

  • 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.

2015

  • 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.

2014

  • 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.

2013

  • 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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