About Us

Goals

The goals of this project are to comprehensively investigate hazards and impacts in Southern New England using the most advanced storm prediction models, coastal storm surge, wave and hydrologic models. This includes:

  • Transition new modeling capabilities to the real-time storm modeling used by DHS: ADCIRC-Surge Guidance System (ASGS) and Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA).
  • Integrate end user concerns as model outputs. Qualitative and quantitative concerns will be collected directly from end users of the models, making model outputs directly relevant. Impact data will be collected directly from end users of the models using a methodology that allows critical facility managers expertise about impacts to be integrated in the same way that “damage functions” are traditionally utilized to model potential structural damages.
  • Develop visualization tools that use geographic points representing specific pieces of infrastructure which can be indexed directly into storm models. Detailed 3D visualizations of structures and objects such as buildings and bridges, will allow for rapid assessment by the user. For example, the combined storm hazard and impact modeling system will be able to not only predict that roads are blocked, but where, when, and how they are blocked (e.g., coastal or inland flooding, or wind damage) as a storm unfolds. This is especially evident in multi-day events with overlapping response and damage mechanisms.

Acknowledgements

Work performed on these projects is funded by:

- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, Office of University Programs
- National Park Service
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
- Rhode Island Sea Grant
- U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation


This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number 2015-ST-061-ND0001-01. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S Department of Homeland Security.

Westerly
case study
Research in Westerly identified 108 "consequence thresholds" resulting from impacts to 11 critical infrastructure facilities in the floodplain.


Providence
case study
Research in Providence identified 302 "consequence thresholds" resulting from impacts to 105 assets across the 45 critical infrastructure facilities in the floodplain.


Naval Station Newport
on Aquidneck Island
case study
Our latest case study focuses on "A hazard resilient future for Naval Station Newport within its coastal Community: Military installation resilience review for short-term preparedness and long-term planning."
Impact of Nor'easters
case study
This case study examines Nor'easters' impact on National Parks.