Katherine Anarde

Assistant Professor

Dr. Katherine Anarde joined the faculty in August 2021 as an Assistant Professor in the Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering Group. Her research focuses on human-landscape interactions in the coastal zone during storm events and over timescales that encapsulate the effects of climate and policy forcing (multi-decadal to century).

Anarde earned her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rice University in 2019 and her B.A. in Geology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011. Prior to joining the NC State Faculty, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Coastal Environmental Change Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Project Manager for the Collaboratory for Coastal Adaptation over Space and Time (C-CoAST), an NSF CoPe Research Coordination Network.

Prospective Graduate Students:

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Research links:

Check out my research on chronic “sunny-day” flooding here!

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Ph.D. 2019

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rice University

B.A. 2011


University of Colorado Boulder

Research Description

Dr. Anarde’s research combines observational and numerical approaches to investigate how acute and chronic hazards influence the habitability of coastlines. Her research on acute hazards has focused on tropical cyclone impacts to sandy coastlines, with projects spanning measurement of ocean waves during storm impact, meteotsunami generation and shoreline impacts, and infrastructure vulnerability. Presently, Anarde is investigating the chronic effects of sea level rise on coastal communities, focusing on the frequency and impacts of “sunny day” floods. Anarde also studies how coastal management practices (e.g., beach nourishment, inlet stabilization) feedback to alter natural processes in ways that reduce the habitability of the coast. Her research is largely interdisciplinary and involves collaboration with economists, geomorphologists, structural engineers, urban planners, and behavioral scientists, as well as coastal stakeholders.