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(Oct. 16) 2013 School of Engineering Academic Lecture

Last updated :2013-10-12

Topic: Mitigation of Storm Impacts on Coastal Infrastructure through Interdisciplinary Research
Speaker: Professor CHEN Qin
(Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University)
Chair: Prof.  ZHAN Jie-min
Time: 15:00 PM, Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Venue:Room B404, School of Engineering, East Campus, SYSU

Brief Introduction of the Speaker:

Dr. Q. Jim Chen is CSRS Distinguished Professor in Coastal Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Louisiana State University (LSU) in the United States. Before joining LSU in 2006, Dr. Chen had been on the civil engineering and marine science faculty in Alabama for five years. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Delaware’s Center for Applied Coastal Research, and doctoral research at Old Dominion University and Danish Hydraulic Institute. Dr. Chen specializes in the development and application of numerical models for coastal hydrodynamics and deltaic processes. His research also includes field observations, and applications of remote sensing and high performance computing technologies. He has served as a focus area head in the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) and the coordinator of Water Resources and Coastal Engineering at LSU.


Climate change and sea level rise pose a major threat to coastal habitats and communities worldwide. The impact of sea level rise has resulted in increased coastal erosion and flooding. Tropical cyclones (hurricanes) making landfall in the United States in the last decade caused catastrophic floods, such as Hurricane Katrina (2005) that devastated the City of New Orleans and the northern Gulf Coast, and Hurricane Sandy (2012) that crippled New York City and adjacent areas for weeks after the hurricanes passed. The seminar will use the devastation of recent hurricanes on the northern Gulf of Mexico as an example to demonstrate the need for interdisciplinary research in order to mitigate storm damage and save lives. Meteorology, oceanography, engineering mechanics, coastal and ocean engineering, transportation engineering, structural engineering, water resources, high-performance computing, and social sciences have to overcome traditional disciplinary barriers and collaborate closely in order to effectively reduce the negative impacts of tropical cyclones and other natural hazards on highly populated coastal regions in the world. Lessons from large-scale multi-institutional, multidisciplinary research projects will be discussed.