My research has focused on changes in observed temperature and precipitation extremes across the Southeast U.S. and how weather and climate extremes impact natural and human systems, specifically impacts of changing flood risks. I am also interested in community planning and management approaches to build resilience to natural disasters and climate change. My current research is compiling, synthesizing, and delivering coastal resilience efforts across the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and Caribbean. This includes synthesizing critical tolerance thresholds related to projections of sea level rise and storms for fish, wildlife, and plant species of conservation concern, as well as compiling existing alternative management and restoration approaches related to the use of natural and nature-based features and how these alternatives are used to increase the resilience of human coastal communities and increase the persistence and resilience of species and habitats.
Delivering information and tools for increasing resilience and adaptation of communities and priority coastal resources across the network of coastal LCCs (Atlantic, Gulf Coast and Caribbean Regions) http://northatlanticlcc.org/teams/coastal-resiliency/topics/atlantic-gulf-coast-resiliency
Powell, E.J. and B.D. Keim, 2015: Trends in Daily Temperature and Precipitation Extremes for the Southeastern United States: 1948–2012. Journal of Climate, 28, 1592-1612. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00410.1 http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00410.1
Ashley, W.S., T.L. Mote, P.G. Dixon, S.L. Trotter, E.J. Powell, J.D. Durkee, and A.J. Grundstein, 2003: Distribution of mesoscale convective complex rainfall in the United States, Mon. Wea. Rev., 131, 12, 3003-3017. http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/full/10.1175/1520-0493(2003)131%3C3003%3ADOMCCR%3E2.0.CO%3B2