Norberto Carlos Nadal-Caraballo

A Special Acknowledgement To:

Norberto Carlos Nadal-Caraballo, Ph.D.

CERF-JCR Lifetime Member


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Leader, Coastal Hazards Group
Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
  Dr. Norberto C. Nadal-Caraballo is the leader of the Coastal Hazards Group at the U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (ERDC-CHL). Since joining ERDC-CHL in 2007, Dr. Nadal‐Caraballo has focused his research on the areas of statistical analysis of coastal storm hazards, probabilistic modeling of storm surge due to hurricanes and extratropical storms, flood hazard assessment, and reliability analysis of coastal structures. He has led and supported multiple efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), and state agencies to quantify coastal hazards for most U.S. coastlines, including the Great Lakes, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  Dr. Nadal-Caraballo has cultivated a successful career as researcher, coastal engineer, statistician, and software developer. Since joining the USACE, he has received several professional honors, including: 2016 ERDC Engineer of the Year (Herbert D. Vogel) Award, and the 2015 Great Minds in STEM's Hispanic National Achievement Award Conference (HENAAC) Civil Engineering Award. Other recognitions include: ERDC Outstanding Achievement in Technology Transfer Award (2014 and 2018), ERDC Outstanding Team Effort Award (2016), Great Minds in STEM's Military and Civilian Honoree (2015), USACE National Project Delivery Team of the Year Award (2015), and the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2011).

  A native of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Dr. Nadal-Caraballo received his Bachelor of Science (2001), Master of Engineering (2006), and Doctorate of Philosophy (2007) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where he also serves as Adjunct Professor of the Civil Engineering and Surveying Department.

Select Publications:

Nadal-Caraballo, N.C.; Melby, J.A., and Gonzalez, V.M., 2015. Statistical analysis of historical extreme water levels for the U.S. North Atlantic Coast using Monte Carlo Life-Cycle Simulation. Journal of Coastal Research, 32(1), 35–45.

Nadal‐Caraballo, N.C.; Melby, J.A.; Gonzalez, V.M., and Cox, A.T., 2015. North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study – Coastal Storm Hazards from Virginia to Maine. ERDC/CHL TR-15-5. Vicksburg, MS: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

Jia, G.; Taflanidis, A.A.; Nadal-Caraballo, N.C.; Melby, J.A.; Kennedy, A.B., and Smith, J.M. 2015. Surrogate modeling for peak or time-dependent storm surge prediction over an extended coastal region using existing database of synthetic storms. Natural Hazards, 81(2), 909–938.

Nadal‐Caraballo, N.C.; Melby, J.A., and Ebersole, B.A., 2012. Statistical Analysis and Storm Sampling Approach for Lakes Michigan and St. Clair. ERDC/CHL TR-12-19. Vicksburg, MS: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

Nadal-Caraballo, N.C.; Zapata, R.; Pagan, I.; Lopez, R., and Agudelo, J., 2010. Building damage due to riverine and coastal floods. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE, 35(3), 327–336.

Hughes, S.A. and Nadal-Caraballo, N.C., 2009. Laboratory study of combined wave overtopping and storm surge overflow of a levee. Coastal Engineering, 56(3), 244– 259.



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