Dr. Brian Blanton

Dr. Brian BlantonRenaissance Computing Institute/University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Project: A multi-tiered ADCIRC-based storm surge and wave prediction system

Other Research Participants/Partners: Rick Luettich, Chris Calloway and Crystal Fulcher,UNC-Chapel Hill; Jason Fleming, Seahorse Coastal Consulting

Project Description: Decision-makers need critical and helpful information delivered on time and in formats that are easily understandable. This is particularly true with dangerous and destructive natural hazards such as hurricanes and the resulting wind, storm surge, and wave impacts. Late and/or incomprehensible information is useless. This DHS CRC project is about reducing the time needed to deliver hazard information to end users by using advanced models for storm surge, very high performance computing resources, and statistical methods that can provide early guidance information in a matter of minutes as opposed to hours.

Project Abstract

Research Interests: Sea-level rise and coastal flood hazards; application of high-performance computing to tide, storm surge, and wind wave modeling

Presentations and Reports:
Feb. 2016 NCDS DataBytes presentation
2016 Annual Meeting presentation
2017 Annual Meeting presentation
2018 Annual Meeting presentation
Year 1 Annual Report

Year 2 Annual Report

CRC News:
Eyeing the hurricanes (video) and Eyeing the hurricanes (story)
Students participate in second annual summer exchange program
Students, faculty to exchange for summer research programs
Students reflect on summer research and internships
Researcher uses neural networks to simulate storms
Four projects improving on ADCIRC speed, reliability
Summer faculty to be hosted by Center


Contact information:
Email: Brian_Blanton@renci.org
Telephone: (919) 445-9620