Project Name:Experimental and Numerical Study to Improve Damage and Loss Estimation due to Overland Wave and Surge Hazards on Near-Coast Structures: Evaluation of Building Fragilities and Mitigation Alternatives for HAZUS-MH, including Engineering with Nature for Surge and Wave Attenuation
Other Research Participants/Partners:John van de Lindt, Colorado State University; Robert Twilley, LSU; Carol Friedland, LSU; Ismael Pagan-Trinidad, UPRM; Carla Lopez, UPRM
We will demonstrate the effectiveness of the new damage functions developed in Year 1-6 for predicting hurricane surge and wave impacts to residential and commercial structures. We will validate with observed damage data from Hurricane Michael impacts to Mexico Beach, Florida. We will collaborate with LSU and UPRM to incorporate Engineering with Nature (mangroves) in mitigation planning and stakeholder engagement.
Dr. Cox’s research focuses on community resilience to coastal hazards, including tsunami and hurricane surge and waves inundation in the built and natural environments. He conducts research on tsunami and wave impacts on near-coast structures, tsunami evacuation and life safety, sediment transport and erosion, and nature-based solutions for coastal hazards mitigation.
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