SURGEDAT: The World’s Storm Surge Data Center

Investigator(s): Barry Keim, Hal Needham, David Sathiaraj, Amanda Lewis (Billiot)
Research Dates: 2008 - 2015
Affiliate Organization(s): Louisiana State University

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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