This project received an MICDE Catalyst Grant in summer 2021.


Maximum water depth as a function of model resolution for a hypothetical flood in the Netherlands, from Brusseeet al. (2021).

A critical aspect of community resilience to disasters that has not been addressed by traditional coarse-scale resilience engineering is within-community inequities in resilience – who is resilient to what? 

The goal of this project is to develop an integrated approach for assessing household-level resilience and inequities in resilience during coastal flooding events, specifically by improving building-level flood and fragility estimates for coastal flooding events, and developing a new approach for estimating what essential services are the main constraints on individuals returning to a more normal life post-hazard and assess inequities in resilience to coastal flooding events. 

This work leverages existing computational research approaches to address a problem of societal importance – estimating damage, recovery, and inequities in recovery for coastal flooding events at a scale not previously attempted. We also plan to make improvements in the computational approach to using cell phone location data through more memory-efficient spatial parallelization of the data processing.

Principal Investigators

Seth Guikema, Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, U-M

Jeremy Bricker, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, U-M