March 15, 2011

Dr. Q. Jim Chen, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and an adjunct professor at the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT), is the Principal Investigator of a $1.35 million award that LSU recently received to develop the Northern Gulf Coastal Hazards Collaboratory (NG-CHC).

Funded by the National Science Foundation, researchers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are leveraging their unique partnerships, proximity, and significant prior investments in cyberinfrastructure to advance science and engineering of coastal hazards of the Northern Gulf Coast. This consortium is aimed to catalyze collaborative research via enhanced cyberinfrastructure that will potentially address problems such as engineering design, coastal system response, and risk management of coastal hazards; and to enhance the research competitiveness of the Gulf region.

"This NSF award provides a unique opportunity for the coastal engineering program at LSU, which allows engineering graduate students and post-docs to work closely with earth system and computer scientists at 10 universities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on the modeling and mitigation of coastal hazards," said Chen. "Close collaborations among coastal engineers, coastal oceanographers and computer scientists are the key to the success of this project."

The LSU consortium members are Q. Jim Chen, Director of the Coastal Engineering Research and Education Collaboratory at CEE; Patrick Hesp, Professor of Geography & Anthropology; Honggao Liu, Deputy Director of CCT; and Steven Brandt, Research Consultant at CCT.

The new Collaboratory will create cyberinfrastructure tools and services and demonstrate three modeling environments that allow civil engineers and coastal scientists to access and use data from observational data systems located at university, government and private industry in the Northern Gulf Coast. Close collaborations among coastal engineers, earth system scientists, and computer scientists are the key to the success of this project.

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