Past Research

The Vulnerability of Oil Refineries and Power Plants to Storm Surge along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Research dates: 2014
Investigator(s): Hal Needham, Amanda Lewis (Billiot), Barry Keim

The storm surge return levels analysis is useful for analyzing the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to storm surge inundation. We collaborated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to conduct a study on the vulnerability of critical energy infrastructure to storm surge along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Oak Ridge provided the location and elevation of hundreds of energy facilities, while SCIPP provided storm surge return levels. Preliminary results reveal that 72% of coastal refineries and 63% of coastal power plants are vulnerable to the 100-year storm surge along the U.S. Gulf Coast.