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Lead Principal Investigator for the Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence
Professor of Marine Sciences and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Director, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences
Director, UNC Center for Natural Hazards Resilience


Dr. Rick Luettich’s research addresses modeling and observational studies of circulation and transport in coastal waters. He has pioneered the development and application of computer models that are optimized for geometrically complex coastal systems and for high performance computing. He is co-developer of the ADCIRC circulation and storm surge model that is widely used by the academic, government and private sectors for coastal hazards assessments, mitigation design and for event-based forecasting. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and been PI on more than $50 million dollars in extramural research funding.

Dr. Luettich is actively engaged in the coastal science and natural hazards resilience communities. In addition to leading the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, he is also the lead PI for NOAA’s Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed, has been a member of three recent National Academies study committees (chairing the 2013-14 committee on Coastal Risk Reduction), and currently serves as the vice-President of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.

Dr. Luettich has an undergraduate and master’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and a doctor of science in civil engineering from MIT.


Contact Info:

Phone: (252) 726-6841 ext. 137