Hydraulics Laboratory 

50 years of scientific research


The Hydraulics Laboratory is located at Scripps Institution of Oceanography on the campus of the University of California San Diego. The function of the Hydraulics Laboratory is to provide expertise, space, facilities, and equipment for physical and biological oceanographic research. 

Technology Application Group
The staff of the laboratory is available to assist in the design, fabrication, and calibration of laboratory and field instruments, oceanographic and biological research devices, and other engineering projects including those which utilize the Laboratory's unique suite of facilities.  (more)


The Hydraulics Laboratory offers many testing facilities including a wind-wave channel, two flow channels, three pressure testing vessels, a deep tank, and a temperature/pressure calibration facility.  Fresh and salt water are available throughout the laboratory and can be chilled or filtered as needs require.  An on-site machine shop, welding equipment, fabrication tools, and the in house expertise to use them greatly enhance the capability of the laboratory to serve a wide variety of scientific projects and research. (more)

Make a Contribution to Science

In August 2014 the Hydraulics Laboratory will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.  You can help keep lab moving forward for the next 50 years with a financial contribution to the Hydraulics Laboratory Fund. We appreciate your support.

Welcome to the Hydraulics Laboratory

Facility Director
Grant Deane
       (858) 534-0536    

Facility Manager
General Inquiries / Facility Use
Paul Harvey
      (858) 534-4540

Technology Application Group
Research Project Inquiries

  Douglas Alden

      (858) 534-8997     dalden@ucsd.edu
  Paul Harvey

      (858) 534-4540     pharvey@ucsd.edu

Laboratory Floor
(858) 534-4303

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  (858) 534-8299

Street Address (map):
  Scripps Institution of Oceanography

   8825 Biological Grade
   La Jolla, CA 92037

Mailing Address:
   Hydraulics Laboratory
   9500 Gilman Drive 0222
   La Jolla, CA 92093-0222