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Designing an optimal protection strategy for coastal sea-level rise

February 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST (New York Time)

Yuki Miura

Yuki Miura

Ph.D. Candidate in Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Columbia University

Yuki Miura is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, advised by George Deodatis and Kyle Mandli. She focuses on optimizing coastal protective strategies that achieve social equity and socio-economically reasonable solutions using probabilistic and physical models. She works with the National Center of Atmospheric Research and the New York City stakeholders to develop the optimization methodology. Her works on the methodology and novel flood estimation tools (GISSR) appear in Natural Hazards, Natural Hazards Review, and Frontiers in Climate. She received a master's degree from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from Keio University, Japan.

Talk Synopsis & Video Recording

Coastal regions are threatened by storm-induced flooding. This threat is only amplified by changing climate, such as rising sea levels, leading to possible catastrophic damage to regions that may not have experienced these types of events in the past. Therefore, coming up with an optimal strategy for these future events is critical to our continued existence along the world's coastlines. However, finding these optimal strategies is far from trivial. The problem includes future climate uncertainty, hydrodynamics, socio-economics, budgetary constraints, and many more. The preliminary results of the proposed optimization methodology applied to New York City will be demonstrated.

Breakout Group Discussions

(1) What do you think are the largest barriers towards implementing coastal protection strategies? (2) Do you think protection is the best coastal solution for climate change?