The LSU Center for Coastal Resiliency, or CCR, led by Scott Hagen, a professor in the LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, has received $1.3 million in grants to support critical research that will advance the tools and processes to assess these risks.
With support from the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, CCR will build upon its previous NOAA-funded efforts and those successful outcomes and strategies. One strategy has been to directly involve coastal resource managers early and throughout the assessment process. Resource managers’ input has informed the development and application of large-scale, high-definition computer models that can predict the coastal dynamics of sea level rise and assess hydrodynamic and ecological impacts at the coastal land margin. This research examines the impacts from the coastal dynamics of sea level rise through integrated field assessments and models representing tides, wind-wave, storm surge, coastal morphology, overland and biological processes.
In collaboration with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, University of Central Florida, University of South Carolina and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, CCR researchers will aim to refine, enhance and extend the models as well as link the economic impact and value of ecosystem services to the coastal dynamics of sea level rise.
CCR received another grant to quantify the dynamic effects of sea level rise and projected landscape changes on storm surge in Hampton Roads, Virginia, which is rated second only to New Orleans as the most vulnerable area to relative sea level rise in the U.S. Results from this project will be centered on scenario projections of nuisance flooding at high tide, storm surge depth and extent under a suite of storm conditions, sea level rise rates, landscape changes and possible management actions.
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