About Austin Becker
Posts by Austin Becker:
I am very interested using geospatial technologies (Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems, and remote sensing) to enhance coastal scientific research initiatives, particularly habitat change analyses. My work as the Rhode Island Geospatial Extension Specialist at the University of Rhode Island’s Environmental Data Center has fostered my expertise in the use of enterprise-level computer server solutions for GIS data analysis, management, and distribution.
MMA Grad Dave Hill, Austin Becker, and MAF Undergrad Athena Vieira published the latest MACRL paper, entitled, “The U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry’s considerations of coastal hazards resilience – a baseline survey”
Climate change and associated coastal hazards can disrupt the United States shipbuilding and repair industry’s operations. These disruptions present risks to military and commercial ship orders, ship maintenance and repairs, and the nation’s overall shipbuilding strength. Through an online survey of representatives from 45 shipbuilding parent companies, individual shipyards, and ship repair and maintenance facilities, this research gauges how the industry considers coastal hazard resilience and addresses the possible impacts on shipbuilding and repair contracts and deliverables. Survey results suggest that the industry is ill-prepared for future coastal hazard events and that critical measures are needed to ensure a resilient shipbuilding and repair environment.
To cite this article: David Hill, Austin Becker & Athena Vieira (2022): The U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry’s considerations of coastal hazards resilience – a baseline survey, Maritime Policy & Management, DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2022.2138597
Research: Regulatory landscape of overlay zones and sustainability practices impacts physical outcomes in Designated Port Areas and Harbor Zones.
Background: Rosemarie Fusco joined the Marine Affairs department in 2021. She is interested in how both incentivized standards and regulations impact development decisions, and in how the outcomes of these decision-making processes are equitable and successful. Rosemarie has also had the opportunity to contribute to other Marine Affairs research projects such as the Military Installation Resilience Review (MIRR) from 2020-2021 where she worked with Naval Staff to develop a GIS inventory of consequence thresholds in and around Naval Station Newport. Prior to attending URI, she received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida where she researched environmental justice of coastal planning practices in city and county government.
Research: Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, Coastal Resilience, Coastal Hazard Impact Modeling, Disaster Risk Reduction
Background: I completed my BS in Environmental Earth Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2018 and an MSc in Biological and Environmental Sciences at University of Rhode Island in 2021. I also have a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing and another in Science Writing and Rhetoric from URI.
I’m a PhD student in the Marine Affairs Coastal Resilience Lab (MARCL) advised by Dr. Austin Becker. I am interested in researching how geospatial tools and technologies can be used to support bottom-up approaches for assessing and enhancing community resilience. Before joining the Marine Affairs program, I worked with Dr. Becker on developing a Participatory Action Research approach to capture critical infrastructure managers concerns about hurricanes and nor’easters in Providence. We also developed a methodology for mapping coastal infrastructure that can be used for conducting regional risk assessment and for coastal planning and management. I also work for the Office of Innovation in General Education supporting student learning outcome assessment for the General Education program at the URI. Outside of my research, I am an avid endurance bicyclist and race endurance mountain bike and cyclocross. I also host weekly group bike rides around Rhode Island through a bike group I created called “Gravel Bike Rhode Island”.
Samuel W. Adams is a doctoral student in the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. His research addresses the vulnerability of coastal communities as a function of critical infrastructure dependencies and the cascading consequences of storm hazards. He has a master’s degree in public administration from American Public University and a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation from Roger Williams University.
He also serves as the University’s full-time Emergency Management Director and Assistant Director of Public Safety where he oversees campus emergency management and fire safety programs. He is past president of the Rhode Island Association of Emergency Managers (RIAEM) and is a RIAEM-certified Advanced Emergency Manager.