Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute &
Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography

Spring 2015 Seminar Series


Casey Dietrich
North Carolina State University

Monday, January 26, 2015
3:30 PM
Conference Center, Innovation Resarch Building II
4211 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508


This presentation focuses on the coupling of a nearshore wind-wave model (SWAN) with a coastal ocean circulation model (ADCIRC). These models use unstructured, finite-element meshes to describe the ocean, continental shelf, coastline, floodplains and channels over a range of spatial scales. The models have been applied to the design of levee protection systems for metropolitan New Orleans by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state and local agencies, and the development of flood risk assessment maps by FEMA for the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines. Recent work has focused on the forecasting of hurricane waves and surge in real-time, including during Hurricane Arthur (2014), and the communication of predictions to emergency managers.


Casey Dietrich received three degrees from the University of Oklahoma before moving to Notre Dame for his Ph.D. in civil engineering. He is now an assistant professor in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) Department at North Carolina State University. His research focus is on the computational modeling of coastal hazards, including hurricane waves and storm surge, flooding, and pollutant transport.

Reception before seminar at 3:00 PM

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