For my research project I will be examining water wave physics in shallow areas and in conditions where a soft dissipative bed is present due to mud and/or vegetation. Current wave models that are used by organizations, such as NOAA and the NAVY, are successful in predicting wave behavior in deep water. However, these models "fall short" in near-shore regions where wave processes and wave evolution are largely dominated by non-linear interactions and dissipative processes caused by wave interactions with vegetation or soft, muddy seabeds. My research project is to investigate experimental data, theoretical research, and numerical modeling in order to grasp the fundamental concepts of wave physics while further understanding the complex physical processes that are currently underrepresented in the wave models. Using data gathered by Professor Sheremet's research group from their Atchafalaya Bay experiment in Louisiana I will implement wave models from the experimental study area and compare the results to measured data. From here I will examine the aspects of the model that "break down" and I will work closely with Professor Sheremet's group to implement the non-linear wave interaction and bed dissipation physics into the wave model and test this relative to the experimental data. This research could prove to be very applicable as its goal is to improve the numerical capabilities of a number of wave-forecasting systems operated by federal agencies.