Brian Blanton

Staff Title: Director, Earth Data Science
Area of Expertise: oceanography, storm surge modeling, coastal issues

Brian Blanton is RENCI’s director of Earth Data Sciences and an oceanographer 20+ years of experience in analysis and simulation of the coastal ocean, high performance computing, and earth sciences data analytics. His research usually involves applications of the tide, storm surge, and wind wave model ADCIRC for problems on storm surge and tide dynamics, interaction of storm surge and coastal river flooding, and the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on coastal hazards and risks.  He earned a BS (1991) in mathematics from Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia, and a PhD (2003) in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.