Research

Over my career so far, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of research projects. I do not believe I am an expert in any one of them but that’s OK; there are also benefits to being multi-discipline. Most of my work in the past few years have focused on coastal flooding, sea-level rise, and climate change in the Mid-Atlantic but here is a list of other significant projects I’ve worked on:

  • 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
  • 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, extreme value analysis, and tidal datum computations from tide gauges
  • Teleconnections and Mid-Atlantic flood frequency
  • Comparing remote sensing estimates of soil moisture to in situ observations in the Delmarva Peninsula
  • Computing bias in elevation measurements from airborne lidar in vegetated coastal marshes
  • Sea-level rise projections for the State of Delaware
  • Coastal inundation mapping
  • 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
  • Extreme value analysis of tide and stream gauge data
  • 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
  • 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