University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

Project Name:

Education for Improving Resiliency of Coastal Infrastructure

Other Research Participants/Partners:

Ricardo López-Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez; ERDC-U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Coastal and Hydraulic Laboratory; Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (Ángel Crespo); Caribbean FEMA Region (Alejandro de la Campa); PR Department of Natural Resources (Ernesto Díaz); Puerto Rico Association of Professional Engineers (Néstor Hernández); San Juan NOAA/NWS Office; UPRM Sea Grant Program (Ruperto Chaparo, Manuel Valdés Pizzini); UPRM CARICOOS Project (Julio Morell, Miguel Canals, Sylvia Rodríguez, Luis Aponte); UPRM Marine Science Department (Aurelio Mercado); Jackson State University (Robert Whalin, Tom Richardson; FEMA Headquarters; Louisiana State University (Barry Keim); USGS, Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center; Oregon State University (Dan Cox); Colorado State University (John van de Lindt); UPRM Civil Engineering (Ali Saffar, Ricardo Ramos, Alesandra Morales)

Project Description:

This project will help educate the community by transferring state of practice knowledge to stakeholders (students, faculty, professionals, first responders, and workforce) through formal (curriculum, internships, student projects, undergraduate research) and informal (workshops, seminars, lectures, short courses, webinars) learning experiences. It will serve as a vehicle to engage the community as a whole to understand and learn its members’ roles and responsibilities in providing resilient coastal infrastructure systems. The project will help the community understand better various stages in coastal infrastructure hazard prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. The focus will be on understanding the natural phenomenology, the engineering methodologies to address the level of risk the infrastructure is exposed to, the engineering methodologies and technology to analyze and predict the level of resistance and vulnerability the infrastructure and community is exposed to, the sustainable and resilient alternative available at the state of practice or state of art to cope with risks and vulnerabilities. The project will help motivate students and faculty which will create pipelines of students and professionals into CRI careers and practice.

Project Abstract

Project Fact Sheet

Research Interests:

Hydrology, Hydraulics, Urban Drainage, Riverine and Coastal Floods, Built and Natural Coastal Infrastructure, Education, Natural and Technological Hazards


Contact Info:

Phone: (787) 832-4040 ext. 3434