Dr. Isaac Ginis

Dr. Isaac GinisUniversity of Rhode Island

Project: Modeling the combined coastal and inland hazards from high-impact hypothetical hurricanes

Other Research Participants/Partners: Co-PIs: Chris Kincaid, Tetsu Hara, Lewis Rothstein and David Ullman, University of Rhode Island

Research Participant: Wenrui Huang, Florida State University

Key Partners: Arun Chawla, NOAA/NWS/NCEP Environmental Modeling Center (EMC); David Vallee, NOAA/NWS Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC); Morris Bender, NOAA/OAR Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL); Chris Massey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); Daniel Cox, Oregon State University

Project Description: This project will advance modeling capabilities for assessing the potential impacts of landfalling hurricanes on critical infrastructure and communities, exacerbated by the effects of climate change. The primary focus is on hypothetical, yet plausible high-impact hurricane scenarios in the Northeastern United States by combining multiple hazard impacts, including coastal flooding due to storm surge and inland flooding due to rainfall. An innovative modeling approach will be utilized that follows hurricane-ocean interactions from open-ocean to shelf, estuarine, and inland waters, within a unified framework.

Project Abstract

Research Interests: Air-sea interaction, hurricanes, numerical modeling of tropical cyclones, ccean-atmosphere dynamic systems, climate change

Presentations and Reports:
2016 Annual Meeting presentation
2017 Annual Meeting presentation
2018 Annual Meeting presentation
Year 1 Annual Report
Year 2 Annual Report

CRC News/In the News:
Hypothetical hurricanes: Modeling coastal hazards in Rhode Island
Center credited in report from National Academies
Rhode Island researchers partner with emergency managers for statewide preparedness exercise
URI hurricane expert Ginis builds models of high impact hurricane scenarios
Understanding hurricanes – it takes one to know one

Coastal Resilience Center project to utilize cloud computing award to simulate storm impacts
Center PI’s work adopted in Weather Service model
Dr. Ginis explains his project:


Contact Information:
Email: iginis@gso.uri.edu
Phone: (401) 874-6484
Websites: web.uri.edu/gso/isaac-ginis | www.po.gso.uri.edu/Numerical/tropcyc | www.hurricanescience.org