Pao, Chun Hung鮑俊宏

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests

One of my research areas focuses on marine energy, particularly in ocean current power generation. I have extensive experience studying ocean currents' utilization for electricity generation. Additionally, I have qualified by the national's exam as a Professional Hydraulic Engineer and possess expertise in ocean engineering. During my career at The Sixth River Management Office, Water Resources Agency, MOEA, I conducted primary research on coastal erosion, sediment transport, wave-current interactions, and coastal protection structures. I supervised both engineering projects and field investigations, accumulating a decade of practical experience in coastal protection and engineering. Furthermore, I have specialized knowledge in river hydrology and hydraulic analysis. I contributed to establishing flood warning systems and data assimilation processes, amassing ten years of experience in flood forecasting systems. During my career at the Ocean Affairs Council, I dedicated myself to formulating and planning national marine science and technology policies and developing key technologies related to ocean currents power generation. This five-year experience enhanced my expertise in the field. My comprehensive understanding of river systems, nearshore environments, and offshore dynamics allows me to provide a more holistic elucidation of the processes involved in transmitting flood from river channels to estuaries and adjacent coastlines and subsequently the transport of sediment to continental shelves. Consequently, I specialize in resolving the complex mechanical interactions occurring near river mouths, focusing on the intricate dynamics of estuarine and adjacent areas by numerical models.

Representative Publications

Chun-Hung Pao, Jia-Lin Chen (2023). A numerical investigation of density currents in the Zengwen river mouth. Journal of Coastal and Ocean Engineering.(in press)

Chun-Hung Pao, Andhy Romdania, Jia-Lin Chen (2023). Tidally-modulated stratification in a channel-shoal estuary. Journal of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Vol. 284(5), 108279.

Chun-Hung Pao, Jia-Lin Chen, Mon-Shen Shi, Ching-Yuan Liao (2022). A near shore observation of sediment transport combine with numerical investigation using a 3D model ROMS in the Beinan River mouth. The Magazine of the Chinese institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering. Vol. 49(6), pp. 72–79. (in Chinese)

Chun-Hung Pao, Jia-Lin Chen, Shih-Feng Su, Yu-Ching Huang, Wen-Hsin Huang and Chien-Hung Kuo (2021). The effect of wave-induced current and coastal structure on sediment transport at the Zengwen river mouth. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 9(3):333.

Takaaki Uda, Chun-Hung Pao and Yu-Hsiang Lin (2020). Development of a sand spit and estimation of rate of longshore sand transport along Tainan coast, Journal of Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Ser. B2 (Ocean Engineering),76(2), I_637-I_642.

Takaaki Uda, Chun-Hung Pao and Yu-Hsiang Lin (2019). Beach erosion caused by imbalance of longshore sand transport near Erren River mouth and Golden Beach in Taiwan, Journal of Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Ser. B3 (Ocean Engineering),75(2), I_593-I_598.

Takaaki Uda, Tsung-Hsien Tsai, Yu-Hsiang Lin and Chun-Hung Pao (2016), Beach Erosion on Golden Beach in South Taiwan, Journal of the Oceanographical Society of Japan, 72(2), I_79-I_84.


Hydrodynamics and hyperpycnal flow in the river mouths My recent research endeavors have investigated the hydrodynamic interactions in the river mouths, including wave-tide-flood interactions and the phenomenon of hyperpycnal flow. The latter can lead to scouring of the seabed in estuarine areas, with the potential to deepen the seabed by over 1 meter, even at depths of 100 meters, exposing submerged pipelines or leaving them suspended, thereby posing risks of damage. Therefore, analyzing the mechanisms behind this scouring process is essential for guiding maintenance and operational activities.

Analysis of transmission and distribution for Ocean Current Power Generation In alignment with identifying optimal locations for ocean current power generation sites, an analysis is conducted to evaluate alternative solutions such as electrical grid integration, transmission and distribution, and energy storage. Additionally, a comprehensive cost analysis is carried out with these alternatives.


  • Ph.D.
    Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering,
    NCKU, Taiwan(2023)
  • Executive Officer,
    Ocean Affairs Council,
    Taiwan (2018-2023)
  • Associate Engineer,
    The Sixth River Management Office,
    WRA, MOEA, Taiwan (2009-2018)
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