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Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering

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Dr. Stephanie Patch, P.E.


The term resilience is often used to describe coastal engineering projects, but an increase in resilience has often simply been defined by the ability for a community to recover after an adverse event. This definition is incomplete as there has not been a clear quantitative definition of resilience regarding the coastal environment. Recent research had produced a GIS-based tool that provides a quantitative resilience metric to inform decisions related to engineering in the coastal environment, especially historically. Other research has developed a similar metric that uses Beach-fx results to calculate future resilience based on nourishment alternatives. This study uses the recently developed Coastal Resilience Index (CRI) and Buffer Width (BW) metrics to better understand the historical, current, and future resilience of the coastal system at Panama City Beach in Florida. This study provides insight into how storm events, coastal storm risk management (CSRM) projects, and nourishments have played a part in the resilience of the system at Panama City Beach over the last two decades and how they may play a role in the next half century.