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
- Sandra Knight, University of Maryland – Building Blocks for a National Resilience Scorecard: Assessing the Applicability of Vulnerability and Resilience Tools in Coastal Communities
- David Salvesen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Do Floodplain Buyouts Lead to Aggregate Risk Reduction?
Disaster Response and Social Resilience
- Mary Lou Kelley, Louisiana State University – Psychological Adjustments Following Coastal Disasters: Identification of Risk and Protective Factors for Families and Web-Based Curriculum Development
- Jennifer Horney, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- Measuring Recovery Through Healthy Community Indicators
- Susan L. Cutter, University of South Carolina – (E2E) Identifying And Analyzing the Driving Forces of Hurricane Recovery Post Sandy and Katrina
- 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.