Research

Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of research projects, many of which are listed below. Although most of my work is multi-discipline (and cross-discipline), my focus in recent years have focused on coastal impacts, including inundation, coastal storms, sea-level rise, marsh loss, damage to transportation and public property, among other topics.

Here’s a list of projects I have worked on. (Maybe one day I’ll organize these better and add some descriptions.) Feel free to reach out if you have questions on any one of these!

  • Skew Surge and Storm Tides of Tropical Storms in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays for 1980- 2019
  • Comparison of Extreme Coastal Flooding Events Between Tropical and Mid-Latitude Weather Systems in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays for 1980- 2019
  • Estimation of Return Levels for Extreme Skew Surge Coastal Flooding Events in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays for 1980 – 2019
  • Computing positive bias in elevation measurements from airborne lidar in vegetated coastal marshes using machine learning/data science methods
  • Investigating the relationships between climate (precipitation, temperature, drought) and tree ring growth in a Atlantic White Cedar (AWC) coastal forest along the St. Jones River, Delaware, USA
  • Tidal harmonic analysis
  • Tidal datum computations form tide gauge data
  • Streamflow peaks
  • Teleconnections and Mid-Atlantic flood frequency
  • Comparing remote sensing estimates of soil moisture to in situ observations in the Delmarva Peninsula
  • Sea-level rise projections for the State of Delaware
  • Coastal inundation mapping
  • Extreme value analysis of tide and stream gauge data
  • Habitat identification of the Delmarva Fox Squirrel using lidar and land-used data
  • Analysis of storm surge and tidal datums in the Delaware Bay and Delaware Inland Bays
  • Satellite remote sensing of atmospheric water vapor over the Amazon Rainforest
  • Supervised and unsupervised land-use classification of Landsat satellite imagery in the Middle East
  • Drought indices and water resources
  • Coastal storm early warning system; Development of the Delaware Coastal Flood Monitoring System (http://www.coastal-flood.udel.edu), an online, real-time early warning system for coastal flooding
  • Assessing the vulnerability of roads and communities to coastal flooding
  • Marine spatial planning for locating off-shore wind energy farms in the Mid-Atlantic
  • Using GIS for natural resource management
  • Tsunami hazard mapping along the US East Coast
  • Probability and Mitigation of Vessel Encounters with North Atlantic Right Whales
  • Digital Elevation Model (DEM), lidar, and watershed analysis
  • Development of the Delaware Data Mapping and Integration Laboratory (DataMIL), an online mapping and editing tool for maintaining critical framework GIS layers in the State of Delaware
  • Data distribution and statistical summary of US Census data
  • Metadata creation and repository/clearinghouse hosting
  • Development of the Delaware Geologic Information Repository (DGIR), an online system to display surface geologic maps, well recharge areas, well locations, as well as borehole geophysical and lithology data and groundwater timeseries data