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.
Research Interests: Air-sea interaction, hurricanes, numerical modeling of tropical cyclones, ccean-atmosphere dynamic systems, climate change
Phone: (401) 874-6484
Department websites: http://www.gso.uri.edu/profile/iginis