Past Research

A Storm Surge Database for the U.S. Gulf Coast

Research dates: 2010-2013
Investigator(s): Hal Needham, Barry Keim

Tropical cyclone-generated storm surges are among the most deadly and costly natural disasters to impact the United States. SURGEDAT identifies the location and height of peak storm surge for 195 surge events since 1880. A total of 62 sources were utilized to construct this dataset, including 28 Federal Government sources, numerous academic publications, and more than 3000 pages of newspaper from 16 daily periodicals. SURGEDAT will be valuable to coastal stakeholders, including planners and emergency managers, coastal scientists, and the hurricane and storm surge research communities.

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