OREGON STATE ADVANCE celebrates #OSUWomenInSTEM who work diligently to advance the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Tuba Özkan-Haller, an OSU professor of civil engineering and co-PI of ADVANCE, co-facilitated ADVANCE Seminar Cohorts 1A and 3B, and applies the same methodological, practical, and visionary thinking to her work in water wave mechanics, nearshore hydrodynamics, and numerical methods. Özkan-Haller is chair of the Committee on Long-term Coastal Zone Dynamics: Interactions and Feedbacks betweeen Natural and Human Processes Along the Us Golf Coast, which contributed to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Study. This study was recently featured in a recent NOLA Times-Picayune article, "What's the Gulf Coast's Future in Confronting Rapid Environmental Changes?". See excerpts of the article below.

The NOLA Times-Picayune

What's the Gulf Coast's future in confronting rapid environmental changes?

What are the changes that Gulf Coast communities like Grand IslePort Fourchon and New Orleans will face from the combined effects of nature and humans -- especially from global warming -- during the next 10 to 50 years, and for the 50 to 200 years that follow?

Understanding those changes and how to deal with them should be the goal of a new national science research program, according to a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine study released Wednesday (June 27).

"How much flooding are people willing to put up with?" said Tuba Ozkan-Haller, a civil engineering professor at Oregon State University and chair of the committee of scientists and engineers who wrote the report. "How many days or weeks of flooding must occur before a person decides to move?" 

"There's nothing like this proposed research program anywhere else in the world," said Torbjorn E. Tornqvist, a geology professor at Tulane University and a co-author of the report. "It would make this region the most intensely studied coastal zone in the world, and we could serve as a model for similar programs in other coastal areas around the world."

Louisiana is a step ahead of other Gulf Coast states in using the most current research to tackle global warming, thanks to the state's Coastal Master Plan, Ozkan-Haller said.