Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Jon Derek Loftis

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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


Ph.D., Marine Science. May 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
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 model flood 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.

Recent Publications

Loftis, J.D., Wang, H.V., Hamilton, S.E., and Forrest, D.R. (2014). 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. (Submitted). Preprint PDF

Loftis, J.D., Wang, H.V., DeYoung, R.J., and Ball, W.B. (2014). Integrating Lidar Data into a High-Resolution  Topobathymetric  DEM  for  Use  with  Sub-Grid  Inundation  Modeling  at  Langley  Research Center. Journal of Coastal Research, SI. (In Review). Preprint PDF

Loftis, J.D. (2014). Development of a High-Resolution Large-Scale Storm Surge and Sub-Grid Inundation Model Coupled with Lidar Topography for Coastal Flooding. Ph.D. Dissertation. College of William & Mary. PDF

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. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. PDF

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