I study both the physical and social science aspects of sea-level rise and coastal floods. My career goal is to produce new research that equips coastal stakeholders with information that can aid decisions on coastal flood protection strategies. My hope is that these efforts will lead to future planning and policies that save money and protect human lives. Recently, I’ve been developing a framework for designing coastal flood protection under uncertain sea-level rise. I also examine the politics surrounding efforts to conceive, design, and implement coastal flood protection mega-projects, such as storm surge barriers.
I completed my PhD in Public Policy & International Affairs in 2021 from the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) Program at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. I also have a BS in Atmospheric & Oceanic Science and an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering.
D.J. Rasmussen, M.K. Buchanan, R.E. Kopp, and M. Oppenheimer: A flood damage allowance framework for coastal protection with deep uncertainty in sea-level rise. Earth’s Future. under review
T. Frederikse, M.K. Buchanan, E. Lambert, R.E. Kopp, M. Oppenheimer, D.J. Rasmussen, and R.S.W. van de Wal: The role of emission scenarios and Antarctica in 21st century extreme water level changes. Nature Communications. accepted.
D.J. Rasmussen, K. Bittermann, M.K. Buchanan, S. Kulp, B.H. Strauss, R.E. Kopp, and M. Oppenheimer, 2018: Extreme sea level implications of 1.5 ◦C, 2.0 ◦C, and 2.5 ◦C temperature stabilization targets in the 21st and 22nd century. 13 034040 Environ. Res. Lett. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aaac87
S.M. Hsiang, R.E. Kopp, A.S. Jina, J. Rising, M. Delgado, S. Mohan, D.J. Rasmussen, R. Muir-Wood, P. Wilson, M. Oppenheimer, K. Larsen, and T. Houser, 2017: Economic damage from climate change in the United States. Science. 356 (6345), 1362-1369 doi:10.1126/science.aal4369