Living shorelines models by Wendy Meguro and Liem Tran.

The METRANS Transportation Consortium Research Project Spotlight features the article, “Flooding in Paradise: PSR Researchers Propose Green Solutions for Rising Sea Levels in Oahu”. In a culture formed around their coastal and marine environments, communities in Hawaiʻi are suffering from growing concerns relating to coastal hazards like accelerating erosion, sea level rise, and coastal storms that threaten to flood roadways and new rail infrastructures on the islands. While “hard” structures like seawalls, bulkheads, and rock revetments have been consistently used to protect the coasts from wave energy, they cause detrimental erosion and have already led to the loss of more than 5 miles of beaches on Oahu. In “A Primer on Coastal Transportation System Resilience and Adaption to Sea Level Rise on Oahu Using Living Shorelines and Green Infrastructure,” Associate Professor Wendy Meguro and Research Associate Rebecca Ogi from the University of Hawaiʻi present green alternatives to hard shoreline structures to Hawaiʻi’s government planners and policymakers, private landowners, developers, and design teams. Read article.