Research

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the Research Lead for the Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence.

Research is conducted in four closely-linked areas, listed below with Principal Investigator, university affiliation and title of the research project. A summary of the projects can be viewed here.

Coastal Hazards Modeling

  • John Baugh, NC State University – Downscaling Storm Surge Models for Engineering Applications
  • Randy Kolar, The University of Oklahoma – A Hydrologic Modeling System for Coastal Environments
  • Rick Luettich, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Coastal Wave Surge Modeling with ADCIRC
  • Joannes Westerink, University of Notre Dame – Wave and Surge Modeling in an Island Domain: Puerto Rico
  • Brian Blanton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/ Renaissance Computing Institute – AdcircLite-NC: Rapid evaluation of storm surge and wave forecasts using the Notre Dame Surrogate Forecast Generator
  • Carola Kaiser, Louisiana State University – Interactive Storm Surge and Wave Guidance Web Portal
  • Jessica Losego and Rick Luettich, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – EndUser Evaluation of NC-CERA Visualization Tool
  • Donald Resio, University of North Florida – Inter-comparison of methods for estimating hurricane-related hazards/risks and incorporation of aleatory uncertainty into these estimates

Engineering to Enhance the Resilience of the Built and Natural Environment

  • Mo Gabr, NC State University – In-Situ Scour Evaluation Probe
  • Mo Gabr, NC State University – Innovative Component Design and Retrofit of Critical Civil Infrastructure
  • Carol Lewis, Texas Southern University – Evacuation Models and Dynamics
  • Margery Overton, NC State University – Evolving and Engineered Landforms
  • Rudolf Seracino, NC State University – System Observability, Diagnosis and Prognosis
  • Al Wallace, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Infrastructure Modeling: Decision Technologies

Planning for Resilience

  • Philip Berke, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Anaylsis of Federal Mitigation Policy in the U.S.: Mitigation Plans, Expenditures, Civic Engagement and Local Capability
  • Gavin Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Applying Plan Quality Principles to State Disaster Recovery Planning

Disaster Response and Social Resilience


 Education

  • Gavin Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Certificate Program Development and Course Teaching

Additionally, CHC hosts the DHS Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, bringing together faculty from minority serving institutions with researchers from UNC at Chapel Hill.