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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:

Chris Kincaid, Tetsu Hara, Lewis Rothstein, David Ullman and Austin Becker, University of Rhode Island; Wenrui Huang, Florida State University

Project Description:

This project advances modeling capabilities that assess the potential impacts of landfalling hurricanes on critical infrastructure and communities. The primary focus is on hurricanes in the Northeastern United States, combining multiple hazard impacts, including coastal flooding due to storm surge and inland flooding due to rainfall. This project will expand outreach to the Northeast region previously not a focus of the models, and allow DHS and other agencies to better understand the consequences of coastal and inland hazards associated with extreme high-impact landfalling hurricanes in specific regions and to better prepare coastal communities for future risks.

Project Abstract

Other Key Partners: NOAA/NWS/NCEP Environmental Modeling Center (EMC); NOAA/NWS Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC); NOAA/OAR Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); Daniel Cox, Oregon State University

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

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URI Graduate School of Oceanography profile | URI Hurricane Modeling Group website | www.hurricanescience.org

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:
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
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