Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Guy Meadows

Guy Meadows

Professor Emeritus

Robbins Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Director, Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Technological University



BSE Michigan State University, Mechanical Engineering

MSE Michigan State University, Mechanical Engineering

PhD Purdue University, Marine Science, 1977

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • Advanced Scientific Scuba Diver with NOAA and Department of Defense (DOD) certifications and with Saturation Division Certification
  • DOD Secret Clearance
  • US Coast Guard Captain’s License for vessels up to 100 gross tons, power or sail with unrestricted number of passengers
  • FAA Private Pilot License with high performance complex aircraft certification
  • US Navy Over-Water Helicopter Training with crash certification

Professional Service

  • NOAA IOOS Program Office, Review Panel for US Wave Measurement Program, August, 2007
  • NOAA National Development Team Leader for Wave Sensor Test and Evaluation, April, 2010-11
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation; Neptune / Venus Deep Ocean Observatories, Chair – International Review Panel, 2011-2012
  • Department of Energy, Principal Investigator, “Measurement and Analysis of Extreme Wave and Ice.
  • Actions in the Great Lakes for Offshore Wind Platform Design”. 2011
  • Department of Energy, Principal Investigator (unfunded analysis), “Motion Compensated Buoy, Laser Wind Sensor Measurement of the Turbulent Marine Boundary Layer over Lake Michigan”. 2011-Ongoing


Meadows, G.A., L.A. Meadows, L. Weishar and L. Fields, "DARTS (Digital Automated Radar Tracking System) Applications to Tidal Inlet Hydrodynamic  Studies," Proceedings  of  Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics of Tidal Inlets, Lecture  Notes  on Coastal and Estuarine Studies, 29, pp. 169-185, 1988.

Schwab, D.J.,  A.H.  Clites,  C.R. Murthy, J.E. Sandall, L.A. Meadows and G.A. Meadows, "The Effect of Wind on Transport and Circulation  in  Lake St. Clair,"  Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 94, C4, pp. 4947-4958, 1989.

Meadows, G., R. Moll, T. Johengen, A. Bratkovich, J. Saylor, L. Meadows, and G. Pernie, "Vernal Thermal Fronts in Large Lakes:  A Case Study from Lake Michigan," Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol., Vol. 25, pp. 65-68, 1993.

Meadows,  L., G. Meadows, A. Troesch,  S. Cohen,  K.P. Beier, G. Root, O. Griffin, and  T. Swean, "Lagrangian  Velocity  Profiles  in  the Wake of a High Speed Vessel," Ocean Engineering, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 221-242, 1994.

Josberger, E., R. Shuchman, G. Meadows, S. Savage and J. Payne “Hydrography and Circulation of Ice-Marginal Lakes at Bering Glacier, Alaska,” Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 547-560, 2006.

Josberger, E., R. Shuchman, G. Meadows, L. Liversedge and L. Meadows, “Hydrologic Processes at Bering Glacier, and Vitus Lake, Alaska, “Bering Glacier, Interdisciplinary Studies of Earth’s Largest Temperate Surging Glacier,” The Geological Society of America, Special paper 462, 2010.

Brown, H. C., Meadows, G.A., Jenkins, L. K., Shuchman, R.A., “Meet the New Autonomous Surface Vessel; Bathy Boat” Marine Technology Reporter Magazine, May 2010

O’Shea, J.M. and G. Meadows, “Evidence for Early Hunters Beneath the Great Lakes,”  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 106, no. 25, pp. 10120 – 10123, June, 2009.

Brown, H. C., Jenkins, L. K., Meadows, G.A., Shuchman, R.A., “BathyBoat: An Autonomous Surface Vessel for Stand Alone Survey and Underwater Vehicle Network Supervision,” Marine Technology Society Journal , Vol 44, No 4,  2010.

Norton, R.K., L.A. Meadows and G.A. Meadows, “Drawing Lines in Law Books and on Sandy Beaches: Marking Ordinary High Water on Michigan's Great Lakes Shorelines under the Public Trust Doctrine,” Coastal Management, Vol 39, No. 2, p. 133-157, 2010.

Shuchman, R.A., L. Jenkins, C. Hatt, J Payne, S. Guyer, M. Sayers and G. Meadows, “A Combined SAR and Electro-Optical Satellite Based Algorithm to Estimate Water Depth and Volume of North Slope Lakes, Alaska,” Remote Sensing of the Environment, in review, 2013.

Meadows, G.A., “A Review of Low Cost Underwater Acoustic Remote Sensing for Large Freshwater Systems,” Journal of Great Lakes Research, vol 39, pp. 173 – 182, Sept, 2013.

Luther, M.E., G. Meadows, E. Buckley, S.A. Gilbert, H. Purcell and M.N. Tamburri, “Verification of Wave Measurement Systems,” Journal of Marine Technology, 47(5), pp 104-116, 2013.

Updated: 2016-10-26