THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF NEWS AND INFORMATION
901 S. Bond St., Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
August 26, 2011
TO: Reporters and editors covering Hurricane Irene
RE: Hurricane Irene: Johns Hopkins Engineering Experts Available
Predicting Power Outages
When a hurricane is approaching, an electric power provider faces some big questions regarding how to allocate its resources: How many people will be without power? Where will the most outages take place? How many repair crews should it request from other areas? There is no crystal ball, but there is a computer model developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins and Texas A&M universities that can provide a basis for preparing to restore power after the storm. Seth Guikema, an assistant professor of geography and environmental engineering in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, says the goal is to restore power faster and save customers money.
Hurricane-related Damage and Coastal Erosion
Robert A. Dalrymple, an internationally recognized expert on water waves and coastal engineering, and professor of civil engineering in the Whiting School, is available to discuss the effects of Hurricane Irene to the east coast. After Hurricane Katrina, Dalrymple was part of the first engineering team to enter New Orleans to determine the causes of the levee failures. He then chaired a National Research Council committee that examined the Army Corps of Engineers’ plans to provide hurricane protection to southern Louisiana. Dalrymple, chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Coastal Engineering Research Council and a past president of the Association of Coastal Engineers, has written numerous scholarly articles and textbook chapters on water wave mechanics and how powerful waves can damage harbor structures and buildings constructed near the shore.
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