When commentators talk about smart cities, they usually refer to buildings that regulate their own energy use, autonomous transportation systems or apps that provide real-time information about train and bus service. Jonathan Goodall, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering & Applied Science, brings an innovative perspective that could turn the tide in low-lying coastal cities from Virginia Beach to New York, where flooding caused by sea-level rise and more intense storms has become a pressing problem. He researches intelligent systems that could help localities better manage their stormwater infrastructure.

Goodall’s approach has attracted the attention of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which will support the work with more than $4 million in new funding through two grants.

Read Charlie Feigenoff’s story at UVA Today.