Publications and Products

Coastal Resilience Center (2015-):

  • “Disaster Recovery in an Era of Climate Change: The Unrealized Promise of Institutional Resilience” by Dr. Gavin Smith, Amanda Martin and Dr. Dennis E. Wenger (from Handbook of Disaster Research, Eds. Havidán Rodríguez, William Donner and Joseph E. Trainor. Springer, 2018)

Publications by Theme:

Coastal Infrastructure Resilience

  • Bennett:
    • Amr Helal, Victoria Bennett, Mo Gabr, Roy Borden and Tarek Abdoun.“Monitoring and Modeling of Peat Decomposition in Sacramento Delta Levees,” Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, Orlando, Florida. DOI: 10.1061/9780784480458.054
    •  Victoria Bennett, Cathleen Jones, David Bekaert, Jason Bond, Amr Helal, Joel Dudas, Mohammed Gabr, Tarek Abdoun.“Deformation Monitoring for the Assessment of Sacramento Delta Levee Performance,” Geo-Risk 2017 (Geotechnical risk from theory to practice), Denver, Colorado. DOI: 10.1061/9780784480717.003
    • Victoria Bennett, Chung Nguyen, Tarek Abdoun, Amr Helal, Mohammed Gabr, Cathleen Jones, David Bekaert, Joel Dudas.“Use of remote-sensing deformation monitoring for the assessment of levee section performance limit state,” Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Seoul 2017.
  • Cox:
    • Tomiczek, T., Park, H., Cox, D.T., van de Lindt, J.W., Lomonaco, P. “Experimental Modeling of Horizontal and Vertical Wave Forces on an Elevated Coastal Structure,” Coastal Engineering, (submitted 1/2017).  DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2017.08.001
    • Do, T., Tomiczek, T., van de Lindt, J. Cox, D. (2017) “Development of Physics-Based Building Fragility Surfaces for Near-Coast Community Modeling,” International Conference on Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Osaka, Japan.
    • Do, Trung, van de Lindt, J., Cox, D.T. (2016) “Performance-Based Design Methodology for Inundated Elevated Coastal Structures Subjected to Wave Load Engineering Structures,” Engineering Structures, 117, 250 – 262. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.02.046
    • Trung Q. Do, Fragility Approach for Performance-Based Design in Fluid-Structure Interaction Problems, Part I: Wind and Wind Turbines, Part II: Waves and elevated Coastal Structures (2016), Ph.D. Dissertation, Colorado State University.
    • William Short. A laboratory study of horizontal and vertical regular wave forces on an elevated structure. (2016). MS Thesis, Oregon State University.
    • Benjamin Hunter. Exceedance Probabilities of Hurricane Wave Forces on Elevated Structures. (2016). MS Thesis, Oregon State University.

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Building Resilient Communities

  • Horney:
    • Horney et al (2018). Measuring Disaster RecoveryInternational Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, March 2018, Vol. 36, No. 1. 1-22.
    • Kirsch, K., & Horney, J. (2017). Steps toward recovery: A tool for disaster recovery planning, management, and tracking. Carolina Planning Journal, 42, 104-109.
    • Horney, J., Dwyer, C., Aminto, M., Berke, P., & Smith, G. (2017). Developing indicators to measure post-disaster community recovery in the United States. Disasters, 41, 124-149. DOI: 1111/disa.12190
  • Berke:
    • Berke, P., Lee, J., Newman, G., Combs, T. Kolosna, C., Salvesen, D. 2015. Evaluation of Networks of Plans and Vulnerability to Hazards and Climate Change: A Resilience Scorecard, Journal of the American Planning Association 81(4): 287-302. DOI: 1080/01944363.2015.1093954
    • Berke, P., Malecha, M., Yu, S. and Masterson, J. 2017. Plan integration for resilience scorecard: Evaluating networks of plans in six coastal cities. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (under review).
    • Malecha, M.L., Brand, A.D., & Berke, P.R. Spatially Evaluating a Network of Plans and Flood Vulnerability Using a Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard: A Case Study in Feijenoord District, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Land Use Policy. (under review).
  • Prochaska:
  • Opaluch:
    • Becker, A.; Hippe, A.; McLean, E., (2017), Cost and Materials Required to Retrofit US Seaports in Response to Sea Level Rise: A Thought Exercise for Climate Response. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 5 (3), 44. DOI: 10.3390/jmse5030044
    • Becker, A., (2017), “Using Boundary Objects to Stimulate Transformational Thinking: Storm Resilience for the Port of Providence.” Sustainability Science. Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 477-501. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-016-0416-y
    • Becker, A., Chase, N., Fischer, M., Schwegler, B., Mosher, K., (2016), “A method to estimate climate-critical construction materials applied to seaport protection.” Global Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.07.008
    • Romelczyk, E.*, Becker, A. (2016), “Missing the tide? Workplace cultural differences as a barrier to seafarer mobility in the U.S. workboat and sail training sectors.” Maritime Policy and Management. (Nominated for Best Manuscript 2016) DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2016.1185182
    • Becker, Austin, Pamela Matson, Martin Fischer, and Michael D. Mastrandrea, Forthcoming. “Towards Seaport Resilience for Climate Change Adaptation: Stakeholder Perceptions of Hurricane Impacts in Gulfport (MS) and Providence (RI)” Progress in Planning. Status: Accepted for Publication. Anticipated Publication Date November 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.progress.2013.11.002
    • Zhang, H., Ng, A., Becker, A. (In Press), “Institutional Barriers in Adaptation to Climate Change at Ports, Regions, and Supply Chains.” North American Symposium on Climate Adaptation, New York, New York. Aug. 16-18, 2016. (Refereed Conference Paper)
    • Touzinsky, K, Rosati, J., Fox-Lent, C., Becker, A., Luscher, A., 2016. “Advancing Coastal Systems Resilience Research: Improving Quantification Tools through Community Feedback” Shore and Beach 84 No. 4 · November 2016.

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Disaster Dynamics

  • Blanton:
    • Storm Surge Probabilities for Hurricane Events, J. Smith, B. Blanton, R. Luettich, 2017. Poster presented at AMS 2017 in Seattle WA (Jan 2017), DHS CRC Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill, NC (Feb 2017), and the annual Hurricane Awareness conference at East Carolina University (May 2017).
  • Hagen:
    • Tahsin, S., S.C. Medeiros, A. Singh, M. Hooshyar (2017), “Optical Cloud Pixel Recovery via Machine Learning”, Remote Sensing, Accepted. DOI: 10.3390/rs9060527
    • Tahsin, S., S.C. Medeiros, A. Singh (2016). “Resilience of coastal wetlands to extreme hydrologic events in Apalachicola Bay.” Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 43, DOI: 10.1002/2016GL069594.
  • Resio:
    • Resio, D.T., Asher, T.G., and J.I. Irish, 2017: The effects of natural structure on estimated tropical cyclone surge extremes, J. Nat. Haz., currently available online, Nat Hazards, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-017-2935-y
    • Irish, J.L., Weiss, R. and D.T. Resio, “Physical Characteristics of Coastal Hazards and Risks”, Chapter 25, Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering, Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg London New York, M. Dhanak and N. Xiros (Eds.), 549–562.
    • Resio, D.T., Tumeo, M.A., and J.L. Irish, “Statistical Characterization of Hazards and Risk in Coastal Areas,” Chapter 26, Springer Handbook of Ocean Engineering, Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg London New York, M. Dhanak and N. Xiros (Eds.), 567–593.
  • Ginis:
    • Liu, Q.,  L. M. Rothstein, and Y. Luo, 2017.  A periodic freshwater patch detachment process from the Block Island Sound estuarine plume. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, 570–586, DOI:10.1002/2015JC011546
    • Gao, K., I. Ginis, J.D. Doyle, Y. Jin, 2017: Effect of boundary layer roll vortices on the development of the axisymmetric tropical cyclone J. Atmos. Sci. DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-16-0222.1
    • Whitney, M. M., D. S. Ullman, and D. L. Codiga, 2016. Subtidal Exchange in Eastern Long Island Sound, . J. Phys. Oceanogr. 46, 2351-2371. DOI: 1175/JPO-D-15-0107.1
    • Fei, T., W. Huang, I. Ginis, Y. Cai, 2016. Characteristics of River Flood and Storm Surge Interactions in a Tidal River in Rhode Island, USA. Proceeding of IUTAM Symposium on Storm Surge Modelling and Forecasting, Oct 17-19, 2016, Shanghai, China
    • Gao, K. and I. Ginis, 2016: On the equilibrium-state roll vortices and their effect in the hurricane boundary layer. J. Atmos. Sci., 1205- 1222.
    • Liu, Q., L. M. Rothstein, Y. Luo, D. S. Ullman, and D. L. Codiga, 2016. Dynamics of the periphery current in Rhode Island Sound, Ocean Modelling, 105, 13-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2016.07.001
    • Liu, Q., L. Rothstein, and Y. Luo, 2016. Dynamics of the Block Island Sound estuarine plume. J. Phys. Ocean., Accepted for publication. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0099.1
    • Reichl, B. G, D. Wang, T. Hara, I. Ginis, T. Kukulka, 2016: Langmuir turbulence parameterization in tropical cyclone conditions. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 46, 863-886. DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0106.1
    • Reichl, B. G., I. Ginis, T. Hara, B, Thomas, T. Kukulka, and D. Wang, 2016:  Impact of sea-state dependent Langmuir turbulence of the ocean response to a tropical cyclone, Mon. Wea. Rev. DOI: 10.1175/MWR-D-16-0074.1
    • Sun, Y., C. Chen, R. C. Beardsley, D. Ullman, B. Butman, and H. Lin, 2016. Surface Circulation in Block Island Sound and Adjacent Coastal and Shelf Regions: A FVCOM-CODAR comparison, Progress in Oceanography, 143, 26-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2016.02.005

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Education and Workforce Development

  • Whalin:
  • Chen:
    • Cody Byrd, Jean-Marie Nshimiyimana, Ehije Idehenre, Hang Chen (Faculty Advisor), “Data Analysis of Haiti’s Resiliency Post-2010 Earthquake”. Presented at the 2017 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
    • NyJae Dickerson, Adonis Tillman, Desmond Taylor, Awatif Amin (Faculty Advisor) “Using Data Mining to analyze Natural Disasters at 10 countries”. Presented at the 2017 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • Laiju:
    • Ball, I & Laiju, M. (2017) Sociodemographic Characteristics and Natural Disaster Preparedness among Mississippi Residence, abstract published in The journal of Mississippi Academy of Sciences (ISSN 0076-9436) April edition.
  • Keim:
    • Gilliland, J. M., and B.D. Keim. Submitted. Surface Wind Speed: Trend and Climatology of Brazil from 1980–2014.  International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.5237
    • Gilliland, J. M., and B.D. Keim. Submitted. Surface Wind Speed: Trend and Climatology of Brazil from 1980–2014.  International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.5237
    • Black, A.W., and G. Villarini.  Submitted.  Effects of Methodological Decisions on Rainfall-Related Crash Risk Estimates.  Accident Analysis and Prevention.
    • Black, A.W., G. Villarini, and T.L. Mote. 2017. Effects of Rainfall on Vehicle Crashes in Six U.S. States.  Weather, Climate, and Society 9: 53–70. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-16-0035.1
    • Shao, W., S. Xian, B. Keim, K. Goidel, N. Lin. 2017. Understanding Perceptions of Changing Hurricane Strength Along the U.S. Gulf Coast.  International Journal of Climatology 37(4):1716-1727. DOI: 10.1002/joc.4805
    • Allard, J.M., J.V. Clarke, and B.D. Keim.  2016.   Spatial and Temporal Patterns of In Situ Sea Surface Temperatures within the Gulf of Mexico from 1901–2010.  American Journal of Climate Change 5:314-343.  DOI: 10.4236/ajcc.2016.53025
    • Shao, W., J.C. Garand, B.D. Keim, and L.C. Hamilton.  2016.  Science, Scientists, and Local Weather: Understanding Mass Perceptions of Global Warming.  Social Science Quarterly 97(5):1023-1057.  DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12317
    • Hamilton, L.C, J. Hartter, B.D. Keim, A.E. Boag, M.W. Palace, F.R. Stevens, M.J. Ducey.  2016.  Wildfire, Climate and Perceptions in Northeast Oregon.  Regional Environmental Change 16:1819-1832. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-015-0914-y
    • Shankman, D., and B.D. Keim.  2016. Flood Risk Forecast for China’s Poyang Lake Region.  Physical Geography 37(1): 88-91.
  • Pagán-Trinidad:
    • Digital proceedings of Conference “Lessons Learned and Best Practices: Resilience of Coastal Infrastructure.
    • The following two presentations were given by Dr. Ricardo López at the World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. More information at
    • Ismael Pagán-Trinidad, Ricardo López-Rodríguez, Agustín Rullán, Oscar Perales-Pérez, John Fernández-Van Cleve, “THE ROLE OF UNIVERSITIES ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN THE COMMUNITY:  UPRM CASE STUDY”, World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Peruvian Association of Professional Engineers, Lima Perú, December 5-6, 2016.
    • López-Rodríguez, Ricardo R., Pagán-Trinidad, Ismael, “Structural Vulnerability to Natural Hazards in Puerto Rico”, World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Peruvian Association of Professional Engineers, Lima Perú, December 5-6, 2016.
  • Smith:
    • Smith, Gavin, Sabbag, Lea, and Rohmer, Ashton. “A Comparative Analysis of the Roles Governors Play in Disaster Recovery” 2018. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy.
    • Smith, Gavin.  “The Role of States in Disaster Recovery: An Analysis of Engagement, Collaboration, Leadership, and Capacity Building.”  2017.  In Building Community Resilience to Disasters: The Handbook of Planning for Disaster Resilience, Routledge Press.
    • Smith, Gavin.  “Pre- and Post-Disaster Conditions, their Implications, and the Role of Planning for Housing Recovery.”  2017.  In Coming Home After Disaster: Multiple Dimensions of Housing Recovery, Eds. Ann-Margaret Esnard and Alka Sapat.  Boca Raton, Florida” CRC Press.
    • Smith, Gavin, Amanda Martin and Dennis Wenger.  “Disaster Recovery in an Era of Climate Change: The Unrealized Promise of Institutional Resilience.” 2017.  In Handbook of Disaster Research, Second Edition, Eds. Havidan Rodriguez, Joseph Trainor and William Donner. New York: Springer. (accepted/submitted)
    • Smith, Gavin.  2016.  Remembrances of the Past, Concerns for the Future, and the Potential Resilience of a Small Coastal Town, Southern Cultures. Summer: 64-87. DOI: 10.1353/scu.2016.0022

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Related Presentations:

  • Young, K, & Hunter, F. (2017) Hurricanes, Mudslides, and Drought: Considering the Public’s Perceptions of the Role Governments Should Play in Providing Aid Using the NORC General Social Survey (GSS), presented at Mississippi College & Tougaloo College (MCTC) Research Symposium
  • Hopkins, A. & Banerjee, S. (2017) Using ArcGIS to Map Natural Disasters in Mississippi presented at Mississippi College & Tougaloo College (MCTC) Research symposium.

Coastal Hazards Center (2008-2015)

Coastal Hazards Modeling (ADCIRC) – This modeling suite is the next generation of coastal hazard models for predicting coastal flooding. The models couple rain and wind forecasts with hydrologic, storm surge, and wave models to provide holistic coastal flooding predictions. (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Disaster Response Intelligent System (DRIS) – A GIS-based situational awareness system for regional and national disaster response and recovery that is scalable to the regional, state, county and local levels. DRIS integrates several tools including: Hurricane Storm Surge Model (SLOSH); Chemical Plume Model (ALOHA); At-Risk Population Model; WebEOC, Live Weather, Earthquake, Traffic Feeds; and Virtual USA Library Tool. (Jackson State University)

In-Situ Evaluation of Scour Probe (ISEP) – Technology that allows in-field measurement of the scour potential of soil without having to excavate or send samples to a lab. This facilitates rapid assessment of the stability of hydraulic structures, including levees and bridges, after a disaster. (UNC-Chapel Hill)

MUNICIPAL – Post Disaster Infrastructure Decision Support Tool – A decision support tool that includes modeling capabilities, optimization software and GIS software. It allows users to visualize critical infrastructure systems and their interdependencies; visually assess the damage to these systems caused by an extreme event; and make mitigation, response, and recovery decisions that help ensure community resiliency. (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Beyond the Basics – Website covering best practices in local mitigation planning, at (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Hazard Mitigation Plan Quality Performance Indicators – Tool to evaluate the quality of hazard mitigation plans, consisting of a set of performance indicators and procedures for applying these indicators. (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Youth Coping Response Inventory (Y-CRI) – A psychometrically sound measure of psychological recovery in children and adolescents following coastal disasters. (UNC-Chapel Hill).

Disaster Recovery Tracking Tool – Measures and monitors changes in habitability, the environment, the economy, and geography that result from hurricanes and other disasters. Information is available at (Texas A&M University)

Resilience of Earthen Flood Protection Structures – An enhanced model for the engineering community to evaluate functionality and resilience of earthen structures, such as levees and dams, under severe storm conditions. Information is available at

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