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Featured Project

Coastal Flood Hazard Assessment for the City of Vancouver, Canada

RECENT PROJECT - April 09, 2016

Cascadia Coast Research, in partnership with the Northwest Hydraulics Consultants, successfully helped the city of Vancouver, Canada quantify risks associated with rising sea level by providing ocean modelling and storm frequency analysis.

Using our advanced in-house numerical models, Cascadia Coast Research produced and analyzed a 50 year hind-cast of tides, storm surge and waves for the entire city shoreline. We projected future extreme events based on storm events observed in the hind-cast and finally assessed various climate change scenarios. This data was used as boundary conditions to an over-land flood inundation model enabling assessment of inundation depth, duration and current speed that informed a social vulnerability analysis.

Our Services


Marine Renewable Energy

Understanding and quantifying the ocean environment is critical to quantifying the risks and opportunities of marine renewable energy projects. Cascadia has the tools, expertise, and decades of experience to help technology and project developers tackle their challenges. Specific services include: tidal resource characterization tidal turbine effects on the sea way wave resource characterization operational and extreme […]

Coastal Hazard Assessment

Risks to life and property arise from wind, waves and rising water levels.  A coastal hazard assessment seeks to quantify those risks, first by developing an understanding of of the coastal environment as it currently exists, then projecting future changes, and finally calculating the magnitude of low probability, extreme events.  Data feeding into hazard assessments may be […]

Coastal Modelling

Computational modelling can efficiently provide actionable information about the coastal environment over long periods of time.  Cascadia’s coastal modelling services focus on coastal infrastructure and planning: wind waves, tides, storm-surge and tsunami. Cascadia has experience with a range of models to meet the needs of our clients. Wind-Waves Phase averaged spectral wave model: SWAN Phase resolved […]