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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Jon Derek Loftis

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Email : [[jdloftis]]
Phone : (804) 684-7876
Office : Andrews 235
Department : Physical Sciences: Physical Oceanography

Research Interests

I'm generally interested in hydrodynamic modeling applications related to inundation caused by storm surge or heavy precipitation events, and the geospatial analysis methods involved with statistically evaluating flood model predictions. I also evaluate the impacts of point source and non-point source nutrient loading and pollution using water quality models to evaluate their implications for the health of coastal bays of the United States including the Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries. More information is available in my CV.

Education

Ph.D., Marine Science. 2014. VIMS, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Dissertation Title: Development of a Large-Scale Storm Surge and High-Resolution Sub-Grid Inundation Model for Coastal Flooding Applications: A Case Study During Hurricane Sandy

M.S., Environmental Science. 2009. Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.
Thesis Title: Acid-Free Electrochemistry Techniques Using an Ionic Liquid

B.S., Biology. 2007. Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.
Minors: Chemistry and Leadership Studies
 
Recent Publications

Loftis, J.D., Wang, H.V., Hamilton, S.E., and Forrest, D.R. (2015). Combination of Lidar Elevations, Bathymetric Data, and Urban Infrastructure in a Sub-Grid Model for Predicting Inundation in New York City during Hurricane Sandy.  Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems. (In Review).  Preprint PDF

Loftis, J.D., Wang, H.V., DeYoung, R.J., and Ball, W.B. (2015). Using Lidar Elevation Data to Develop a Topobathymetric Digital Elevation Model for Sub-Grid Inundation Modeling at Langley Research Center. Journal of Coastal Research, SI. (In Press).  Preprint PDF

Wang, H., Loftis, J. D., Forrest, D., Smith, W., and Stamey, B. (2015). Modeling Storm Surge and inundation in Washington, D.C., during Hurricane Isabel and the 1936 Potomac River Great Flood. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 3(3), 607-629.  PDF

Loftis, J.D. (2014). Development of a Large-Scale Storm Surge and High-Resolution Sub-Grid Inundation Model for Coastal Flooding Applications: A Case Study During Hurricane Sandy. Ph.D. Dissertation. College of William & MaryPDF

Wang, H., Loftis, J.D., Liu, Z., Forrest, D., and Zhang, J. (2014). Storm Surge and Sub-Grid Inundation Modeling in New York City during Hurricane Sandy. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 2(1), 226-246PDF

Loftis, J.D., Wang, H., and DeYoung, R. (2013). Storm Surge and Inundation Modeling in the Back River Watershed for NASA Langley Research Center. NASA Technical Report: NASA/TM-2013-218046.  PDF


Curriculum Vitae

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