Ning Lin

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ning Lin is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. Lin’s research areas include Natural Hazards and Risk Analysis, Wind Engineering, Coastal Engineering, and Climate Change Impact and Adaptation. Her current primary focus is hurricane risk analysis. She integrates science, engineering, and policy to study hurricane-related weather extremes (strong winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges), how they change with changing climate, and how their impact on society can be better mitigated. Lin has published in high-impact journals including Science, Nature Climate Change, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a recipient of CAREER award from National Science Foundation and Natural Hazards Early Career Award and Global Environmental Change Early Career Award from American Geophysical Union (AGU). Lin received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University in 2010. She also received a certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy in 2010 from Princeton. Before rejoining Princeton as an assistant professor in 2012, she conducted research in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT as a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow.

Honors and Awards (selected)
  • 2020: Global Environmental Change Early Career Award, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • 2016: Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • 2014: Science of Risk Prize, Lloyd’s
Research Highlights
  • Research Interests: Hurricane Hazards (Wind, Storm Surge, Rainfall), Risk Analysis, Coastal Resilience, Climate Change Adaptation, Wind Engineering, Stochastic Modeling
  • Publications: 70+ peer-reviewed papers, including 8 published in high-impact interdisciplinary journals such as Science, PNAS, Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, and Nature Communications, and others published in a broad range of journals in science and engineering (J. Atmos. Sci., J. Climate, J. Geophys. Res.-Ocean, J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos., Monthly Weather Review, Weather and Forecasting, Natural Hazards, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE Natural Hazards Review, Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Wind and Structures, Frontiers in Built Environment, J Waterway Port Coast Ocean Eng, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, J. of Hydrology, J. of Hydrometeorology, Water Resources Research, Environmental Science & Technology, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, Risk Analysis);
  • 4 book chapters, and numerous conference papers (20+) and abstracts (70+)
  • Google Scholar Citation: 3500+, h-index: 32, i10-index: 54
  • 55+ invited talks at universities and conferences
  • PI or Co-PI for a number of projects supported by NSF, DOE, NOAA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation; total external research funding received > $4 million
  • Lead PI on NSF project “Hazard SEES: An Integrated Approach to Risk Assessment and Management in Responding to Landfalling Hurricanes in a Changing Climate.” (9/1/15-8/31/20)