Jessica Côté has worked on complex coastal issues across the United States and around the world over the last 15 years including four of the five major oceans. Jessica leads a ten year study on the vulnerability of Puget Sound shorelines to wake wash from fast ferries funded under a federal grant program designed to support research and investigations of emerging transportation systems. This study is being conducted to assess the physical and ecological vulnerability of over 9 miles of shoreline along the Seattle to Bremerton transportation route to impacts from wakes, waves, and water levels and to predict the evolution of these processes with climate change. Jessica is the Coastal practice leader for Golder US, but works closely with the Global team of Golder professionals to address sea level rise issues for local communities in British Columbia, and has experience with the differences in how cities are planning for sea level rise on both sides of the border.
She has a Masters of Science in Ocean Engineering from Oregon State University and is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in Washington State.