Mason Flood Hazards Research Lab

Mason Flood Hazards Research Lab Water Resources, Coastal and Environmental Engineering - Teaching and Research at George Mason Univeristy We are currently investigating the potential of nature to reduce hurricane-flooding impacts to critical infrastructure.

We also strive to incorporate climate variability and human induced environmental changes to engineering practice and design. Our group is also focusing on integrating riverine, urban and coastal flooding analysis at real time, near future forecasting and infrastructure design. We work across spatial scales and our projects range from international to regional and local applications. We are currently developing local projects in Fairfax County, regional projects in the Chesapeake Bay area, Northern Virginia, Baltimore and Washington DC metropolitan areas, and internationally in the Bay of Bengal and Brazil. In addition to advancing science and engineering in the fields of water resources, environmental and coastal engineering, our team works on a highly interdisciplinary environment providing our expertise to climate scientists, systems engineers, ecologists, social scientists, public policy and public health scientists. Our work combines field instrumentation for environmental monitoring, numerical modeling, High Performance Computing (HPC) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). We recently established the Flood Hazards Research Lab within our research group. With the support of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, we are creating a Lab specifically dedicated to research sustainable solutions to flood hazards impacting societies in coastal, riverine and urban environments.

Operating as usual

Let’s welcome, the newest Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) Graduate Research Fellow from our FHRL Family - Congratulations, Ars...
10/18/2019

Let’s welcome, the newest Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) Graduate Research Fellow from our FHRL Family - Congratulations, Arslaan Khalid!

Our very own rock-star PhD student, Arslaan Khalid has joined the VASG cohort and he is developing the next generation flood forecasting system!

Photo Courtesy: Virginia Sea Grant

Virginia Sea Grant
02/08/2019

Virginia Sea Grant

Day two of the Marsh Resilience Summit held in Williamsburg, Va.

Pictured here: During day one, George Mason University Associate Professor Celso Ferriera shares a presentation on storm surge and wave attenuation benefits of marshes in the Chesapeake Bay. (Photo by Aileen Devlin | Virginia Sea Grant)

This two-day summit is a science-practitioner dialogue about marsh vulnerability and ways our different fields and communities respond to these changing landscapes. #marshsummit2019

Read more about the two-day summit here: chesapeakebayssc.org/marsh-summit

Congratulations to  our superstar undergrad Tyler for his graduation and excellence in coastal research!Happy holidays a...
12/21/2018

Congratulations to our superstar undergrad Tyler for his graduation and excellence in coastal research!

Happy holidays and winter break!

PS. Do you know that President Cabrera talked about Tyler and our Flood hazards Lab in his graduation speech?

Thrilled to share Juan's and Tyler's new publication on Coastal Engineering - Check it out! Way to go guys! GMU Civil, E...
11/19/2018
Field-based numerical model investigation of wave propagation across marshes in the Chesapeake Bay under storm conditions

Thrilled to share Juan's and Tyler's new publication on Coastal Engineering - Check it out! Way to go guys! GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378383918302175?via%3Dihub

Saltmarshes have the potential to protect coastal communities from the impact of waves caused by severe storms. While recent developments in numerical…

Check out Tyler's "rides a wave of research" cool story... GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering The ...
11/06/2018
Civil engineering student rides a wave of research to protect shorelines | Volgenau School of Engineering

Check out Tyler's "rides a wave of research" cool story... GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University
https://volgenau.gmu.edu/news/572681

Civil engineering student rides a wave of research to protect shorelines November 5, 2018   /   by Nanci Hellmich See All News “Tyler’s natural passion for the ocean, big waves, and a history of chasing coastal storms made him uniquely qualified to join our hurricane surge research team." — ...

Check out these cool guys that made to the cover of the The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University An...
10/14/2018

Check out these cool guys that made to the cover of the The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University Annual Report :) GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering - Stop by the Department and grab a copy with Kristin :)

10/03/2018
The Nature Conservancy MD/DC

Really cool documentary produced by the DC, MD, VA - Nature Conservancy featuring our coastal flooding resilience research in Maryland with the Nature Conservancy and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University

On Maryland’s Deal Island, scientists from TNC, George Mason University, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources are looking at how nature can help reduce the impacts of flooding on vulnerable Eastern Shore communities.

The first week of the classes is done and we are getting ready to kick off our flood hazards research!Also, congratulati...
08/31/2018

The first week of the classes is done and we are getting ready to kick off our flood hazards research!

Also, congratulations & best wishes to our recent graduates: Prakiti on her graduate program in UW-Madison Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Dan on his new job as a Civil Engineer Analyst at Kimley-Horn!

Two weeks left before the Fall semester begins and we are getting ready in our new lab. Now we’re by the Occoquan River ...
08/13/2018

Two weeks left before the Fall semester begins and we are getting ready in our new lab. Now we’re by the Occoquan River at the beautiful Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center!

Photo Credit: Evan Michio Cantwell, GMU Creative Services

Congratulations and good luck to our recent graduate Dr. Juan Luis Garzon Hervas as we bid farewell to him. Soon he will...
07/25/2018

Congratulations and good luck to our recent graduate Dr. Juan Luis Garzon Hervas as we bid farewell to him. Soon he will be starting his career as a Coastal Engineer at Jacobs | CH2M in the UK!

Coastal wetlands have the capacity to reduce the impacts of storm surge, and we need to quantify the magnitude of flood ...
07/11/2018

Coastal wetlands have the capacity to reduce the impacts of storm surge, and we need to quantify the magnitude of flood reduction before utilizing these natural features for enhancing coastal resilience! Excited to team up with DC, MD, VA - Nature Conservancy too!

The Nature Conservancy is partnering with George Mason University and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to better understand the effectiveness of the Eastern Shore’s natural tidal wetlands to reduce the impacts of wave energy. We know that coastal wetlands serve as a crucial first line of defense for inland communities during large storm events, and this study will allow us to quantify those benefits through science. To learn more about our coastal and climate resilience work, go to nature.org/mdcoastal.

Our recently graduated student, Dr Garzon is presenting his research next monday at NOAA.
06/08/2018

Our recently graduated student, Dr Garzon is presenting his research next monday at NOAA.

Juan Luis Garzon Hervas (George Mason University) will give a EMC seminar:

DATE, TIME: Monday June 11th, at noon
Place: NCWCP rm 2155
Speaker:Juan Luis Garzon Hervas (George Mason University)
Title:Field and Numerical Investigations of Coastal Hazards and Nature Based Defenses From Hurricane Storm Surge and Waves in the Chesapeake Bay
Abstract:
http://www.emc.ncep.noaa.gov/seminars/abstract.2018/Herves.html
Presentation
http://www.emc.ncep.noaa.gov/seminars/presentations/2018/JG_20180611_Coastal_Hazards.pdf

Youtube Record:
https://youtu.be/if4neVnr6Qw

05/30/2018

Check out our new marsh site!

We’ve partnered with DC, MD, VA - Nature Conservancy (TNC) to measure the hydrodynamics of storm surge and waves in Deal Island, Maryland !

Courtesy: Sev, Maryland/DC TNC

Congratulations to all GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering graduating class of 2018! Awesome guys! ...
05/25/2018

Congratulations to all GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering graduating class of 2018! Awesome guys! Very proud to see each and everyone of you out there! Honored to be part of your Mason journey! The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University

Really cool post from our Nature Conservancy partners! GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering #WeekWit...
05/17/2018

Really cool post from our Nature Conservancy partners! GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering #WeekWithaWomaninWetlands

#WeekWithaWomaninWetlands Day 4 with Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier: "The MD/DC Chapter of the Nature Conservancy has a newly established Resilient Coast program. One of the first partnerships we have developed is with colleagues from George Mason University and we are working to measure the wave attenuation of marshes in the Chesapeake Bay to better understand how healthy coastal ecosystems decrease wave energy and height leading to flood and erosion risk reduction benefits. In the photo from left to right: Juan Garzon, Tyler Miesse, Rezaie Ali, Celso Ferreira, all from George Mason University, Joe Fehrer, me, and Michelle Canick from TNC, and Nicole Carlozo (Maryland DNR). Photo credit: Kelly Leo (TNC Resilient Coast Director)."

Great group getting together for the GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering Spring 2018 Class Photo. C...
04/26/2018

Great group getting together for the GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering Spring 2018 Class Photo. Congrats guys!

Apparently, this is what I get out of CEIE340 GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering :)
04/20/2018

Apparently, this is what I get out of CEIE340 GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering :)

Congratulations GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering team for winning one of the Outstanding Researc...
04/17/2018

Congratulations GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering team for winning one of the Outstanding Research Project Awards at the The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University annual Undergraduate Research Celebration. Really cool to see water resources, geotech and ecology working together.... Way to go team! Proud of you guys and thrilled to be part of your Mason experience.

Congratulations Arslaan for winning the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) National Capital Region 2018 Symposi...
04/07/2018

Congratulations Arslaan for winning the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) National Capital Region 2018 Symposium Student Posters Award! Way to go! Look how happy he is :) GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University

Congratulations to the CEIE Trivia Winning Team! Awesome event guys! Looking forward to the next one... GMU Civil, Envir...
04/05/2018

Congratulations to the CEIE Trivia Winning Team! Awesome event guys! Looking forward to the next one... GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University

CEIE MiXer tomorrow!! Participate in the Student-Faculty TRIVIA and there will be free food!Don't miss the opportunity t...
04/03/2018

CEIE MiXer tomorrow!! Participate in the Student-Faculty TRIVIA and there will be free food!

Don't miss the opportunity to hang out with the CEIE students, faculties and staff!

And here is Tyler taking the  Hardy Cross trophy back to Mason! GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering...
03/24/2018

And here is Tyler taking the Hardy Cross trophy back to Mason! GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University

03/24/2018

Congratulations to all of our GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering ASCE students! Outstanding competition! Congratulations to our Tyler Miesse for taking home the First Place Technical public speaking competition with his research on nature-based coastal protection! Way to go Tyler! The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University George Mason University It was nice to see you all out there today! Very proud of everyone!

03/02/2018
The role of wetlands and marshes in coastal resilience

Check out this really cool documentary produced by our PhD student Rezaie on wetlands flood protection services in the Chesapeake Bay GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University Fancy stuff...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdvtJz5TLLo

Natural lands in coastal areas provide a variety of ecosystem services such as water purification, carbon sequestration, and flood mitigation. A service that...

Check out this cool @Dewberry blog post by our GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering PhD student Seth...
03/01/2018
Protecting our Coastal Communities

Check out this cool @Dewberry blog post by our GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering PhD student Seth Lawler and Dewberry Engineer

According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as of the 2010 census 39 percent of the nation's population lived in counties with coastal shorelines. Today the number has increased to nearly 50 percent. The economic and strategic importance of coastal areas in the U.S....

Outstanding presentations today from GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering students at the Fall 2017 ...
12/15/2017

Outstanding presentations today from GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering students at the Fall 2017 Celebration of Student Scholarship. Congrats Tyler, Jack, Melissa and Tirik! Great job guys! Students as Scholars at Mason The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University

Congratulations Tyler for winning the 1st Place Best Poster Presentation Award today at the Fall 2017 Celebration of Stu...
12/15/2017

Congratulations Tyler for winning the 1st Place Best Poster Presentation Award today at the Fall 2017 Celebration of Student Scholarship. We are very proud of you! Students as Scholars at Mason GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University

Congratulations to our Fall 2017 graduating class! Outstanding senior design presentations! Extremely proud of all of yo...
12/14/2017

Congratulations to our Fall 2017 graduating class! Outstanding senior design presentations! Extremely proud of all of you! GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University

True #MasonSpirit from Mason Flood Hazards Research Lab Team Tailgating before Patriot Game! #PatriotPride - Join the te...
12/13/2017

True #MasonSpirit from Mason Flood Hazards Research Lab Team Tailgating before Patriot Game! #PatriotPride - Join the team before next game! GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure EngineeringThe Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University George Mason University

Congratulations Rezaie for being the GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering Outstanding Teaching Assis...
12/11/2017

Congratulations Rezaie for being the GMU Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Fall 2017. Way to go Rezaie! Our students certainly appreciate your efforts!

Address

Nguyen Engineering Building, Suite 1411; 4400 University Drive, MS-6C1
Fairfax, VA
22030

General information

Our research group focuses on investigating and developing solutions that increase society resilience to water related natural hazards.

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Mason Flood Hazards Research Lab posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Videos

Nearby universities