Shope, James

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James is an environmental scientist and geoscientist whose past work has evaluated flooding and erosion hazards due to climate change and sea-level rise. His work combines numerical modeling of climate and hydrodynamic processes, large-scale data analyses, and interdisciplinary coordination to provide practical information to guide climate change resiliency planning. James’s research addresses a wide range of climate change impacts and adaptation strategies relevant to the Mid-Atlantic US, particularly New Jersey. Specifically, he is interested in how climate change may impact ecosystem services and ensuing socioeconomic ramifications. He also focuses on how climate change may affect public health, municipal planning, and agricultural production




Shope J.B., L.H. Erikson, P. Barnard, C.D. Storlazzi, K. Serafin, K.J. Doran, H.F. Stockdon, B.G. Reguero, F. Mendez, S. Castanedo, A. Cid, L. Cagigal, P. Ruggerio, 2022. “Characterizing Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards Along the United States West Coast.” Nature Scientific Data. Accepted: In press.

Reguero B.G., C.D. Storlazzi, A.E. Gibbs, J.B.Shope, A.D Cole, K.A. Cumming, M.W. Beck, 2021. “The value of US coral reefs for flood risk reduction.” Nature Sustainability.

Shope J.B. and C.D. Storlazzi, 2019. “Assessing morphologic controls on atoll island alongshore sediment transport gradients due to future sea-level rise.” Frontiers in Marine Science, 6(245).

Storlazzi C.D., B.G. Reguero, K.A. Cumming, A.D. Cole, J.B.Shope, C.L. Gaido, T.S. Viehman, B.A. Nickel, M.W. Beck, 2021. “Rigorously valuing the coastal hazard risks reduction provided bycoral reef restoration in Florida and Puerto Rico.” U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report.

Storlazzi C.D., B.G. Reguero, T.S. Viehman, K.A. Cumming, A.D. Cole, J.B.Shope, S.H. Groves, C.L. Gaido, B.A. Nickel, M.W. Beck, 2021. “Rigorously valuing the impact of Hurricanes Irma andMaria on coastal hazard risks in Florida and Puerto Rico.” U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report.


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