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Zahra Nourali

BSE Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. in Water Resources Management, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2023 (Expected)

M.Sc in Water Resources Engineering and Management, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), 2017

B.Sc in Civil Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), 2014

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, January 2020-present

Graduate Research Assistant,  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), 2014-2019

Recipient of Pratt Fellowship, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2020

Ranked 1st among M.Sc. students of Water Resources Engineering and Management, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), 2017

Member of National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET)

The purpose of my research is to study the relocation response of urban and rural communities to sea-level rise and flooding and quantify the changes in demographic characteristics under various exposure scenarios and assumptions as well as relocation preferences. In this study, ABM approach is adopted to evaluate the macro-scale spatial behavior emerging from individual decisions. ABM will help us to understand interaction among agents and their learning from the environment and past experiences. In the simulation environment, spatial agents are used to characterize flood losses and push/pull factors at the census-tract level. Then individual agents with the ability of moving and deciding based on some simple rules are used to characterize the social vulnerability attributes like age, ethnicity, race, cultural beliefs, and remoteness that may emerge as important drivers of relocation decision-making and pattern of movement.