The University of Oklahoma
A Hydrologic Modeling System for Coastal Environments
Randall L. Kolar (PI), School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science (CEES) University of Oklahoma (OU),Baxter E. Vieux and Kendra M. Dresback (co-PIs), OU CEES
The project’s objective is to couple a distributed hydrologic model with the ADCIRC (Advanced CIRculation) hydrodynamic model to provide a more holistic description of coastal flooding (the fully-coupled model is referred to as STORM). The resulting system can be then be used in forecast mode to warn residents of potential flooding; in hindcast mode, the system can be used by floodplain administrators, emergency managers, and coastal land use planners to evaluate the risks associated with tropical and extratropical storm events and thus make more informed policy choices, make wiser investments in public infrastructure, and make prudent decisions when deploying pre- and post-disaster assets.
Dr. Kolar is interested in computational issues in water resources and focuses on the development of efficient, robust algorithms for finite element shallow water models; high performance computing; numerical analysis; equation development using averaging theory; variably-saturated groundwater flow and transport; and applications ranging from hydrodynamic models of estuaries, bays and impoundments to infiltration models.
Dr. Kolar’s educational research interests include alternative educational paradigms, the role of high technology in the classroom, introducing design throughout the curriculum, project-based just-in-time learning, and teaching critical thinking.
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