Hannah Baranes joined the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in 2022. There, she works alongside researcher Dave Reidmiller in the institute's Climate Center.
Baranes' goal is to support the development of localized flood projections that can be used for community-scale planning along Maine’s open coast and estuaries. She uses statistical techniques to estimate flood hazard in areas where there are multiple physical drivers of flooding, such as sea level rise, tides, storm surge, and river flow.
Baranes received her bachelor's in earth sciences from Dartmouth College and her master's and doctorate in geosciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Broadly, Baranes' graduate work aimed to understand the dynamic processes that shape the coastal environment. She has published on topics ranging from incorporating tides into flood hazard statistics to understanding the processes that supply salt marshes with the mineral sediment they need to survive. During graduate school, she also developed flood projections and co-authored a climate projections report for the City of Boston as part of the Greater Boston Research Advisory Group.