John S. Ramsey, P.E., M.C.E.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Coastal processes analysis
  • Numerical modeling of estuarine hydrodynamics and water quality
  • Numerical modeling of marsh systems and marsh restoration design
  • Evaluation and design of coastal structures and beach nourishment
  • Analysis of tidal inlet dynamics and sediment transport
  • Geotechnical engineering and analysis

Education

1991 M.C.E. Civil (Coastal) Engineering, University of Delaware
1985 B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Professional Registration

Professional Engineer (Civil), MA, CT, LA


Mr. Ramsey has performed and provided technical oversight for projects involving coastal engineering services and numerical modeling of coastal processes. He has managed a broad range of projects including an inlet relocation project at Ellisville Harbor (Plymouth, MA), a salt pond restoration and jetty design for Oyster Pond (Falmouth, MA), analysis of wave climate to determine shore protection and wave attenuation needs for a series of ferry terminals (Bermuda), beach nourishment design and offshore sand source evaluation (Winthrop, MA), analysis and design of marsh restoration channels for a dredge disposal site (Poplar Island, MD), and several estuarine flushing/water quality studies for the Massachusetts Estuaries Project (e.g. Chatham's coastal embayments, Popponesset and Waquoit Bays in Mashpee, and Nauset Marsh in Orleans).

Since 2000, Mr. Ramsey has served as the coastal engineering consultant to the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (MCZM) office. In this role, he has provided coastal engineering expertise associated with shore protection structures, sediment transport, and inlet stability. In addition, Mr. Ramsey has assisted MCZM with analysis and design guidance for offshore sand mining, beach nourishment and dune design, and wave-induced flood damage assessments.

Additionally, Mr. Ramsey has developed state-of-science analysis techniques focused on the quantitative understanding of estuarine and littoral processes. He has developed numerical tidal circulation models and improved existing one-, two-, and three-dimensional hydrodynamic models. Mr. Ramsey has co-authored several papers related to littoral processes analysis and has employed innovative numerical methods to develop alternative solutions for complex coastal engineering problems. He is well-versed in modern analytical and numerical techniques for evaluating coastal processes.

Selected Publications

Ramsey, J.S., S.W. Kelley, and B. Scheer. 2015. “Balancing Shore Protection and Public Access Concerns: Engineering a Solution for an AMTRAK Track Realignment.” Proceedings of the Coastal Structures and Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2015 Conference, American Society of Civil Engineers.  Boston, MA.

Ramsey, J.S., J.R. Orfant, R.J. Burckardt. 2015. “Winthrop Beach: Utilizing a Mixed Sediment Nourishment Regime to restore an Urban Beach.” Proceedings of the Coastal Structures and Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2015 Conference, American Society of Civil Engineers.  Boston, MA.

Ramsey, J.S., J.R. Orfant, and J.F. Burckardt, 2008.  “Restoration of an Urban Beach Using a Mixed Sediment Nourishment Material.”  Proceedings of the Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2008 Conference, American Society of Civil Engineers.  Oahu, Hawaii.  pp. 618-629.

Kelley, S.W. and J.S. Ramsey, 2006. “Shoreline ‘Hot-Spot’ Development Due to Sand Mining Offshore Jupiter Island, Florida.”  Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, (J.M. Smith, ed.), San Diego, CA.  pp. 3567-3577.

Ramsey, J.S., H.E. Ruthven, S.W. Kelley, and B.L. Howes, 2006. “Quantifying the Influence of Inlet Migration on Tidal Marsh System Health.”  Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, (J.M. Smith, ed.), San Diego, CA.  pp. 2082-2094.

Howes, B., Kelley, S., Ramsey, J., Samimy, R., Eichner, E., Schlezinger, D., and Wood, J., 2004. Linked Watershed-Embayment Model to Determine Critical Nitrogen Loading Thresholds for Popponesset Bay, Mashpee and Barnstable, Massachusetts. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Estuaries Project, 134 pp. + Executive Summary, 10 pp.

Ramsey, J.S., S.W. Kelley, and T. Ruthven, 2004. Plymouth Dike Extension and Nourishment, Draft Environmental Impact Report. Applied Coastal Research and Engineering, Inc., Mashpee, MA, for the Town of Plymouth. 55 pp. + Appendices.

Kelley, S.W., J.S. Ramsey, and M.R. Byrnes, 2004. Evaluating the physical effects of offshore sand dredging for beach nourishment. Journal of Coastal Research, Volume 20, No. 1, Coastal Education and Research Foundation, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL. pp. 89-100.

Kelley, S.W., J.S. Ramsey, 2004.  Coastal Engineering Design Guidance Study for the Nahant Causeway Seawall, Nahant, Massachusetts.   Applied Coastal Research and Engineering, Inc., Mashpee, MA, for Vollmer Associates and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.  24 pp.

Ramsey, J.S. and T. Ruthven, 2003. Hydrodynamic Analysis of Hog Marsh and Poplar Island Cell 3D. Applied Coastal Research and Engineering, Inc., Mashpee, MA, for Gahagan & Bryant, Inc. 61 pp.

Kelley, S.W., J.S. Ramsey, 2003.  Mason Inlet and Middle Sound System, New Hanover County, North Carolina:  Hydrodynamic and Sediment Transport Analyses of Present Conditions and Dredging Alternatives.  Applied Coastal Research and Engineering, Inc., Mashpee, MA, for Gahagan and Bryant Associates, Inc., and New Hanover County, NC.  44 pp.

Byrnes, M.R., R.M. Hammer, B.A. Vittor, S.W. Kelley, D.B. Snyder, J.M. Côté, J.S. Ramsey, T.D. Thibaut, N.W. Phillips, and J.D. Wood, 2003.  Collection of Environmental Data within Sand Resource Areas Offshore North Carolina and the Environmental Implications of Sand Removal for Coastal and Beach Restoration. U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Leasing Division, Sand and Gravel Unit, Herndon, VA.  OCS Report MMS 2000-056, Volume I: Main Text 256 pp. + Volume II: Appendices 69 pp.

Ruthven, T., S.W. Kelley, J. M. Côté, and J.S. Ramsey, 2003. Hydrodynamic Analysis of Slocums River and Little River, Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Applied Coastal Research and Engineering, Inc., Mashpee, MA, for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. 45 pp.