Almost Like Maria Project

Understanding the impacts from a natural disaster, developing resilience, and planning for future disasters requires access to data in many forms, from many sources. This project develops organized data resources related to the damage caused by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico in 2017.

Coastal Hazard and Risk Modeling

Storm surge, a primary cause of coastal flooding during tropical and extratropical storm systems, occurs when a storm’s winds push water toward land. The water mass encounters shallower water as it moves toward shore and increases in height. Additional factors like a storm’s pressure and the waves generated by storm winds also contribute to the total surge that impacts a coast.

Galapagos Science Center

The Galapagos Science Center (GSC) is a state-of-the-art research facility on Isla San Cristobal in the Galapagos Archipelago. This joint effort between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador is intended to promote science and education that helps protect the island’s ecosystems.

NC Flood Forecast Pilot

Working with experts at the UNC Institute for the Environment, RENCI EDS is working on a pilot flood forecast effort. This pilot, funded through the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, leverages the availability of high resolution LIDAR data for North Carolina, the HAND model for flood modeling, and data from NOAAs National Water Model (NWM). The goal of the project is to evaluate the potential for the outputs from the pilot to be used by decision-makers and first responders across the state.


This projects leverages a suite of technology integrated by RENCI to deploy the CyVerse Discovery Environment to support a pilot science as a service platform for risk analytics. The platform enables data management and sharing, creating analytical applications, and accessing high performance computing. his project is part of the joint NCDSA project led by UNCC, with NCSU and RENCI as partners.