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University of Rhode Island

Project Name:

Modeling the Combined Coastal and Inland Hazards from High-Impact Hurricanes

Other Research Participants/Partners:

Tetsu Hara, David Ullman, Pam Rubinoff and Austin Becker, University of Rhode Island; Jason Fleming, Seahorse Coastal Consulting; Peter Stempel, Pennsylvania State University; Avichal Mehra, Andre van der Westhuysen, and Ali Abdulali, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction/Environmental Modeling Center; and Saeed Moghimi, NOAA National Ocean Service.

Project Description:

This project advances the modeling capabilities of the real-time ADCIRC Prediction System for predicting hazards and potential impacts from tropical and extratropical cyclones on critical infrastructure and communities in the United States. The primary focus is on improving wind, coastal ocean circulation, wave, and hydrological modeling of combined multiple hazard impacts, including coastal flooding due to storm surge and inland flooding due to rainfall.

Project Abstract

Other Key Partners: NOAA/NWS/NCEP Environmental Modeling Center (EMC); NOAA/NWS Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC)

Project Fact Sheet

URI Fact Sheet: Modeling Combined Coastal and Inland Impacts from Extreme Storms

Research Interests:

Air-sea interaction, hurricanes, numerical modeling of tropical cyclones, ocean-atmosphere dynamic systems, climate change


URI Graduate School of Oceanography profile | URI Hurricane Modeling Group website |

In the News:

CRC news:
URI partners continue work with Rhode Island emergency managers
Center credited in report from National Academies
Rhode Island researchers partner with emergency managers for statewide preparedness exercise
Coastal Resilience Center project to utilize cloud computing award to simulate storm impacts
Center PI’s work adopted in Weather Service model

Media appearances:
New-found phenomenon that may improve hurricane forecasts
Uptown Radio Broadcast April 3, 2020 
Future hurricane could loop around twice and make landfall twice in the U.S., causing catastrophic flooding and storm surges
URI expert says RI should be ready for bigger storms
Dorian could hit Florida as Category 3 hurricane – what’s next for RI?
Local hurricane researcher says water temp. might strengthen Dorian
Rising threat: Can Providence’s hurricane barrier withstand sea-level rise?
Hurricane categories don’t tell the whole story
‘Monster’ storm: Hurricane Florence is a rare threat in an unusual location
Hurricane Florence first to grow in strength so far north in Atlantic
Hurricane Florence, ‘just a Cat 1,’ reveals flaw with Saffir-Simpson scale
Oceanographer’s hurricane models deliver more precise forecasts
URI oceanographer develops high-resolution hurricane model
New hurricane guidance models being developed at URI
URI researchers developing new hurricane forecast model
Improved hurricane forecast models in development at URI
Forecast is for fewer storms this year
Experts: Cape Cod should prepare for the worst hurricanes
Hypothetical hurricanes: Modeling coastal hazards in Rhode Island
URI hurricane expert Ginis builds models of high impact hurricane scenarios
Understanding hurricanes – it takes one to know one

Dr. Ginis explains his project:

Contact Info:

Phone: (401) 874-6484