Celso Ferreira

Civil Engineering Associate Professor Celso Ferreira
Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-1782
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Potomac Science Center
Room 2108
Mail Stop: 6C1

Personal Websites

Biography

Celso Ferreira leads the Mason Flood Hazards Research Lab, focusing on investigating and developing solutions that increase society's resilience to water-related natural hazards.

Research Spotlight

Celso Ferreira leads the Flood Hazards Research Lab at Mason. He is one of the faculty members exploring the connections of climate change to the ecosystems, and populations of the Chesapeake Bay. He is currently working with the Nature Conservancy on a project that seeks to assess the economic impact of sea-level rise on the coastal communities in Maryland.

The lab is currently investigating the potential of nature to reduce hurricane-induced flooding and wave impacts on critical infrastructure and coastal regions. His group research strives to incorporate future climate variability, sea-level rise, and human-induced environmental changes into engineering practice and design. His group also focuses on integrating riverine, urban, and coastal flooding analysis in real-time, near-future forecasting, and critical infrastructure design.

Ferreira has written more than 20 technical publications and his research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Interior, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and several private organizations. He was recently appointed a visiting scholar at Stanford University and an associate researcher at the USGS National Research Program. He has more than 10 years of experience working on consulting projects related to water resources, and environmental and coastal engineering in the U.S. and Brazil.

Degrees

  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • MEng, General and Applied Hydrology, CEDEX Centro de Experiment├ícion y Obras P├║blicas
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Research Interests

  • Water-related extreme weather hazards, their impacts on infrastructure and societies
  • Nature-based climate adaptation strategies

Publications

Google Scholar

Research

2013 - 2015: In Hot Water and Harm's Way: Modeling to Promote Regional Resilience to Repeated Heat Waves and Hurricanes. Funded by Johns Hopkins University.

2013 - 2015: PROTECTING VIRGINIA FROM HURRICANE STORM SURGE WITH WETLANDS ECOSYSTEMS: CAN NATURE HELP TO REDUCE HURRICANE FLOOD RISK? Funded by Jeffress Memorial Trust.