Noah Paoa Kannegiesser

Noah Paoa Kannegiesser is a MS student in Coastal Geology at the University of Hawaii. Noah is using data from a ROMS simulation assimilating re-analysis of the region surrounding the Hawaiian Islands to estimate inundation probabilities along the coast of ‘Oahu in different scenarios of higher sea levels. He is also working on simulating coastal inundation (using the bathtub method) on the island of Rapa Nui. Noah received his BS degree in Geology from the University of Oregon in Summer 2018.

Austin Barnes

Austin is a PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the Applied Ocean Science curricular group. He is currently researching coastal impacts of sea level rise, specifically wave-driven runup at reef-fringed beaches in Hawai‘i and American Samoa and groundwater flood risks in Imperial Beach. Prior to coming to Scripps, Austin worked as a geospatial analyst with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Coastal Geology Group’s project forecasting coastal erosion hazard zones due to sea level rise, attained a master’s in Ocean and Resources Engineering from UH Mānoa while studying changes in coastal morphology during large swell events in Hawai‘i, and worked for 5 years as a workforce development and education program manager, focusing on equitable and inclusive practices in STEM higher education both nationally and within his home state of Hawai‘i with the Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators at UC Santa Cruz.