ESE’s Luettich receives Homeland Security impact award

December 21, 2012
Richard A. Luettich Jr., ScD, has received the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Impact Award for his work in predicting water heights and flooding in coastal areas during Hurricane Irene in 2011.
Dr. Rick Luettich

Dr. Rick Luettich

Luettich, who directs The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences, in Morehead City, N.C., and the UNC Center for Natural Hazards and Disasters, in Chapel Hill, is professor of environmental sciences and engineering at Gillings School of Global Public Health and Sewell Family term professor of marine sciences in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The award recognizes Luettich’s work, done in collaboration with the Renaissance Computing Institute, Seahorse Coastal Consulting and others, with the Advanced Circulation (ADCIRC) storm surge and inundation model. ADCIRC storm surge forecasts significantly improved preparedness in North Carolina and along the eastern coast of the U.S. prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irene in 2011.
ADCIRC also was used extensively to forecast storm surge and flooding during hurricanes Isaac and Sandy in 2012.
Read more on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence website.


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