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.
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