Seminar: WRCEE

JC Dietrich, R Cyriac, RA Luettich Jr, JG Fleming, BO Blanton. “Hurricane Wave and Storm Surge Forecasting for the Carolina Coast.” WRCEE Seminar Series, NC State University, 26 September 2014.

Seminar: Triangle Physical Oceanography

JC Dietrich, R Cyriac, RA Luettich Jr, JG Fleming, BO Blanton. “Hurricane Wave and Storm Surge Forecasting for the Carolina Coast.” Triangle Physical Oceanography Lecture Series, North Carolina, 23 September 2014.

Dept. of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

The following video explains some of our work in the CCEE Department at North Carolina State University, specifically in the focus area of water resources, coastal and environmental engineering.

 

Sea Change

2014/05/28 – NC State Engineering Magazine
Working with one of North Carolina’s most valuable resources

Dietrich came to NC State with a wealth of experience in coastal modeling, most of it done along the Gulf Coast of the United States. He will soon begin a project with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to model North Carolina’s coast.

Dietrich is part of a research community using a computer model called ADCIRC to predict everything from storm surge and flooding to the feasibility of dredging, or where material floating in the ocean might end up.

When a hurricane is bearing down on the coastline, running the models quickly is of the essence. But the faster the model runs, the less accurate it is. Improving the models so that the time and accuracy trade-off isn’t as sharp is part of Dietrich’s work.

So is figuring out the best ways to visualize the results and get the modeling information to local emergency management officials along the coast so that they can use it.

“It doesn’t help anybody if we are doing this in an empty room somewhere and not sharing the results with the community and sharing them in a way that will maximize their use and maximize their impact,” he said.

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Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities

2014/05/14 – North Carolina Sea Grant Coastwatch
Coastal Science Serves North Carolina: Sea Grant Funds New Research Projects

Using a high-resolution modeling system, the researchers will expand the utility and accuracy of wave, storm-surge and flooding forecast guidance available to emergency managers in North Carolina. The accurate prediction of these elements is essential for the safety of people and property.