Peter Stempel

Cofunded Faculty Member
Titles and Affiliations
Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture

Research Summary

Peter Stempel is an associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and is a cofunded faculty member with the Penn State Institutes of Energy Environment. He is also affiliated with Water Faculty Initiative and the Ecology Plus Design: E+D initiative. His research is focused on realizing the transformative potential of realistic visualization for hazard and risk communication and public engagement. His work links physical models such as hydrodynamic and wind models to qualitative data gathered from stakeholders and visualizations. He is part of interdisciplinary teams working on projects for the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence for Coastal Resilience. This applied work is complemented by social science research designed to improve visualization practices and inform the development of new paradigms for the use of realistic visualizations.

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Recent Publications

The Hazard Consequence Prediction System: A Participatory Action Research Approach to Enhance Emergency Management

Becker, A., Hallisey, N., Kalaidjian, E., Stempel, P. & Rubinoff, P., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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Challenges to climate change adaptation in coastal small towns: Examples from Ghana, Uruguay, Finland, Denmark, and Alaska

Fitton, J. M., Addo, K. A., Jayson-Quashigah, P. N., Nagy, G. J., Gutiérrez, O., Panario, D., Carro, I., Seijo, L., Segura, C., Verocai, J. E., Luoma, S., Klein, J., Zhang, T. T., Birchall, J. & Stempel, P., Oct 15 2021, In: Ocean and Coastal Management. 212, 105787.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Beyond the blue blob: Salience and perceived legitimacy of alternative sea level rise visualizations

Stempel, P., Becker, A., Rubinoff, P. & Fultineer, S., 2021, In: Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture. 2021, 6, p. 112-122 11 p.

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Is it scientific? Viewer perceptions of storm surge visualizations

Stempel, P. J. & Becker, A., 2021, In: Cartographica. 56, 2, p. 120-136 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Assessing the multiple impacts of extreme hurricanes in southern new England, USA

Ullman, D. S., Ginis, I., Huang, W., Nowakowski, C., Chen, X. & Stempel, P., Jun 2019, In: Geosciences (Switzerland). 9, 6, 265.

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Developing consequence thresholds for storm models through participatory processes: Case study of westerly Rhode Island

Witkop, R., Becker, A., Stempel, P. & Ginis, I., Jun 18 2019, In: Frontiers in Earth Science. 7, 133.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Real-time chronological hazard impact modeling

Stempel, P., Ginis, I., Ullman, D., Becker, A. & Witkop, R., Nov 10 2018, In: Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 6, 4, 134.

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STORMTOOLS: Coastal Environmental Risk Index (CERI)

Spaulding, M. L., Grilli, A., Damon, C., Crean, T., Fugate, G., Oakley, B. A. & Stempel, P., 2016, In: Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 4, 3, 54.

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Russell Wrankle

Stempel, P., Mar 2010, In: Ceramics - Art and Perception. 2010, 79, p. 56-58 3 p.

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