Teaching and research in the field of coastal and harbor engineering have been started in 1964 at Civil Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University (METU). Steady progress in the activities have led to be establishment of Coastal and Harbor Engineering Research Institute (KLARE) in 1977. The institute had changed the name to Ocean Engineering Research Center in 1977. The major research interests of the ocean engineering research center include the generation and transformation of wind wave, tidal waves and currents, wave hindcasting and wave statistics, wave forces and other wave structure interaction problems, design of coastal and harbor structures, harbor planning and design, coastal pollution, and offshore engineering.It may be seen that, the Center gathered wide and uncompetitive knowledge about the Turkey’s Coastal Hydraulics and it’s modeling.A list of completed applied research projects by the Research Center is enclosed.

The Coastal and Harbor Engineering Laboratory provides the experimental facilities both for education and research. The laboratory has a covered area of 3000 m2 and an open area of 1000 m2. 

It possesses facilities for model studies on various coastal problems with regular and irregular waves. In the laboratory there are two model basins and two wave flumes for 2D and 3D model experiments for wave agitation in harbors and stability of coastal structures. The Wave Flume 1 is 6.2 m wide,  22.8m. long and 45cm. deep. The basins are 33.1m. long, 19.5m. wide, 45cm. deep (Basin 1), and 22.60m long, 16.10m wide and 45cm. deep (Basin 2). In addition, there is equipment and a 7 m boat for field measurements, and scuba diving equipment, underwater camera, underwater video camera for investigations.

Web Page: http://ocean.ce.metu.edu.tr/