Davina Passeri invited to co-present on engineering challenges in a coastal environment at University of Central Florida

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Davina Passeri of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) co-presents a talk titled, “Engineering challenges in a coastal environment,” with structural engineer David Fusco of Thornton Tomasetti for University of Central Florida (UCF).

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Davina Passeri of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) co-presents a talk titled, “Engineering challenges in a coastal environment,” with structural engineer David Fusco of Thornton Tomasetti for University of Central Florida (UCF). (Public domain.)

The UCF Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Graduate Student Chapter prepares students for a successful transition from college to a professional structural engineering career. The SEI gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and create and share ideas and long-term goals for their future with professional engineers. SPCMSC Research Oceanographer Davina Passeri was invited by UCF SEI to co-present with David Fusco, Vice President and structural engineer at Thornton Tomasetti, a private engineering firm, on engineering challenges in a coastal environment. Consistently changing coastlines and future effects of climate change such as sea-level rise and more frequent and intense storms pose numerous challenges for coastal infrastructure, development, and resilience. Passeri will discuss how computer models are used to predict the effects of sea-level rise, which include increased beach erosion, increased flooding from high tides and during storm events, and wetland loss. She will discuss restoration strategies for enhancing coastal resilience such as reducing the use of hard structures like seawalls and jetties and increasing the use of natural and nature-based features like living shorelines, beach nourishment and marsh restoration. Fusco will discuss how results from her work can be used to inform structural design for infrastructure along the coast while considering future changes in climate.