Reliable extreme-value hurricane flooding estimates are
essential for effective risk assessment, management, and engineering in
the coastal environment. Yet, the range of, and uncertainty in, future
climate and sea-level conditions present a challenge for assessing
future hurricane flooding probability. Here, methods will be presented
for incorporating sea-level rise and time-varying hurricane conditions
into extreme-value flood statistics. A joint probability approach will
be used with surge response functions to define time-varying continuous
probability density functions for hurricane flood elevation. Examples
for risk assessment along the Texas coast will be presented.
Dr. Jennifer L. Irish is an associate professor of coastal engineering at Virginia Tech with 20 years of experience and more than 40 peer-reviewed journal papers. Irish is an expert in storm dynamics at the coast, vegetative effects, and coastal hazard risk assessment. Notable awards for Irish's research accomplishments include ASCE Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering's Outstanding Paper in 2013 (one of five), Texas A&M University's Civil Engineering Excellence in Research Award in 2010, and the Department of the Army's Superior Civilian Service Award in 2008. In 2014, she was invited to join the Coastal Engineering Research Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and she served as Secretary of ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute Board of Governors from 2005-2012.
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