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. She is a coastal engineer and geomorphologist that combines observational and numerical approaches to investigate coastal hazards.

Anarde received a B.A. in Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. She then worked as an environmental consultant before returning for a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. Prior to joining NC State in 2021, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Coastal Environmental Change Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Ph.D. 2019

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rice University

B.A. 2011

Geological Sciences

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.

Honors and Awards

  • National Academies Early Career Fellowship - Gulf Research Program, 2022


CAS-Climate: The Effects of Chronic Flooding on Coastal Migration
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/22 - 8/31/25)
Shoreline Monitoring at Oregon Inlet Terminal Groin
NC Department of Transportation(8/16/22 - 8/15/25)
2022 Early-Career Research Fellowship: Environmental Protection and Stewardship (Track Two)
National Academy of Sciences(9/01/22 - 8/31/24)
Identifying the Drivers of Chronic Coastal Flooding: A Community-centric Approach
NCSU Sea Grant Program(2/01/22 - 7/31/24)
Establishment of Remote-Sensing Based Monitoring Program for Performance Limit State Assessment of the Sacramento Delta Levees
US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)(1/01/16 - 6/30/24)
Evaluation of Road Network Resilience to Natural Hazards using Network Analysis
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/22 - 4/30/24)
Characterizing Fecally-Associated Bacteria in Tidal Floodwaters and Associated Risks to Pedestrians
NCSU Sea Grant Program(1/01/23 - 1/31/24)
Distributed Wireless Sensors for Real-time Measurement of Waves and Water Levels During Hurricane Impact
NCSU Sea Grant Program(10/01/20 - 11/30/22)