About the Facility

The Air-Sea interaction Salt Water Tank (ASIST) is a unique facility that creates wind-waves in a controlled environment. Helping to reproduce on a small-scale phenomena like the high winds in hurricanes, breaking waves and rogue waves and their impact on the ocean, man-made structures, and natural environments like beaches and coral reefs. This laboratory particularly focused on research of air-water interactions. The laboratory enables measurements that are difficult or impossible to make in the open ocean. The wave tank, specially built with stainless steel and acrylic to resist salt water, is 15 meters long, 1 meter high and 1 meter wide. The equipment includes a fully programmable wave maker and a fan that can create winds with speeds from 0 to 30 m/s and a pump for generating currents up to 0.50 m/s.

Additionally, the laboratory benefits from advanced measurement technology such as particle velocimetry, which provides non-intrusive mean flow and turbulence measurements with high resolution in both space and time. ASIST also has the capacity to make C-band Doppler radar measurements, hot film anemometry for turbulence observations, infrared surface temperature observations and to measure C02 and water vapor transfer rates.