Project: Integrated Approaches to Creating Community Resilience Designs in a Changing Climate
Other Research Partners: Jeff Carney, Carola Kaiser and Brant Mitchell, Louisiana State University
Project Description: A unique combination of research centers (Coastal Sustainability Studio (CSS) and Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI)) and a research and outreach organization (Louisiana Sea Grant College Program (LSG)) will develop resilience planning and adaptation tools and techniques for coastal communities. These efforts will enable vulnerable communities to plan, react, and recover more quickly and effectively in areas facing repetitive disturbance. The goal of the program is to improve emergency response and reduce repetitive loss by adapting to risk in areas where retreat is not an immediately viable or universal option. This program focuses on significant reduction in risk with the use of high-fidelity storm surge data and risk scenario viewers during the planning and rapid reaction to storms and their immediate aftermath. Together these research, teaching, and outreach units at LSU will provide (1) modeling and visualization tools to communicate a combination of factors linked to flooding risks and vulnerable assets, and (2) post-disaster design and planning application for communities to extend and enhance post-disaster community planning and design efforts.
Research Interests: Twilley is Executive Director of Louisiana Sea Grant, one of 32 university-based programs in the National Sea Grant College Program, based at LSU. Most of Dr. Twilley’s research has focused on coastal wetlands both in the Gulf of Mexico, throughout Latin America, and in the Pacific Islands. Dr. Twilley has published extensively on global climate change, coastal restoration, and ecosystem ecology. He has been involved in developing ecosystem models coupled with engineering designs to forecast the rehabilitation of coastal and wetland ecosystems.