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University of Rhode Island

Project Name:

Coastal Hazards Analysis, Modeling, and Prediction System for Emergency Management and Response

Other Research Participants/Partners:

Pam Rubinoff (URI Coastal Resource Center); Christopher Damon (URI Environmental Data Center); Isaac Ginis (URI/GSO); Peter Stempel (Penn State University); Sam Adams (Asst. Director of URI Public Safety and MAF PhD student)

Project Description:

The Year 7 project will deliver a real-time Rhode Island Coastal Hazards Analysis Modeling and Prediction system ( for hurricanes and nor’easters in Rhode Island (RI) that incorporates end-user concerns and can be used by emergency managers in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during a storm event. By the end of Year 7, the system will be ready for transition to operations.

Project Abstract

Research Interests:

Dr. Becker’s current research focuses on modeling the consequences of natural hazards on coastal infrastructure. His modeling approach illustrates the impacts of storm and flooding scenarios that are relevant for decision making and planning (when does a road become impassable, when would a generator go out, etc.). Dr. Becker works closely with expert stakeholders and utilizes visualization tools to present his findings in a way that is tailored to the needs of the end user. CV Department Website

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