August 16, 2018
By Tiffany Woods
Researchers at Oregon State University have launched a 3.5-year project funded by Oregon Sea Grant that aims to help coastal towns become more resilient to storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and a rising sea. Oregon Sea Grant is providing nearly $900,000 in funding.
Launched in July, the project is led by Peter Ruggiero, a coastal geomorphologist in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.
It aims to:
- use a computer model to simulate how climate change, earthquakes, tsunamis, population growth, land use, and hypothetical policy scenarios might affect communities’ abilities to weather coastal hazards;
- help policymakers understand the impacts of their decisions;
- result in a better understanding of options, costs and benefits for adapting to coastal hazards; and
- develop an interactive Web portal that will provide decision-makers and the public with information on how to increase coastal resilience.
Other faculty on the project are:
- John Bolte, an expert in computer simulations in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences;
- Dan Cox, an engineer in OSU’s College of Engineering;
- Steven Dundas, an economist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences;
- Jenna Tilt, a land-use planning specialist in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; and
- Pat Corcoran, a coastal hazards specialist with Oregon Sea Grant and the OSU Extension Service.
The project will conclude in 2022.