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"California Coastal Flooding: What is Needed to Improve Predictions?"

Timu Gallien, Postdoctoral Scholar at Scripp's Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Oct 01, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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California Coastal Flooding: What is Needed to Improve Predictions?
Timu Gallien
Postdoctoral Scholar at
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego


Accurate flood mapping is critical to quantifying coastal flood risk. Contemporary sea level rise flood modeling efforts are considered using historical flood validation data from two California sites. Hydrodynamic modeling methodologies integrating flood control infrastructure and wave processes significantly outperform traditional static flood mapping methods, providing an improved understanding of evolving risk horizons.

Dr. Timu Gallien is a postdoctoral scholar, and former Chancellor’s Fellow, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of California, Irvine and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Gallien’s research focuses on quantifying evolving coastal flood risk from sea level rise, storm events, and urbanization. She uses a combination of high resolution fluid-mechanics based models to comprehensively resolve both key flooding processes (e.g., tide, waves, embayment amplification, drainage) and urban flood defense structures (e.g., sea walls, anthropogenic berming). Dr. Gallien conducts extensive nearshore field observations to advance coastal process knowledge and quantitatively evaluate model performance.


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