The South Bay Engineers' Club is pleased to welcome USGS oceanographer and meteorologist Andrea “Andy” O’Neill, as we move our programs back to Spin-a-Yarn in Fremont on Friday, March 4th! Andy will explain what El Niño is and how this year’s El Niño might the San Francisco Bay Area. Her presentation will offer a clear explanation of the many facets of this complex phenomenon included a description of the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) and its latest extreme-storm flooding projections for California. Many California agencies are eager to use these projections in their El Niño planning.
Our Presenter Andy O'Neill is an oceanographer and meteorologist with the U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, CA. As part of the CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) project team, she helps develop and implement computer simulations of extreme storm and sea-level rise scenarios in order to assess vulnerability to resulting flooding and wave impacts. Coastal hazard predictions from CoSMoS are incorporated in science-based decision-support frameworks (such as Our Coast, Our Future [OCOF]) to help understand and anticipate potential impacts from sea level rise and climate change at the local level and assist in community adaptation planning. She came to the USGS in 2012 after doing over 10 years of oceanographic and meteorological support for the U.S. Navy out of Japan, where much of her work focused on tailored forecasts and climatological products for resource planning.
21 March 2016 Update: The presentation is available for download below.