METHODOLOGY FOR ESTIMATING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF COASTAL SURGES FROM HURRICANES

This report was prepared in response to the Federal Insurance Admin. Request for an assessment of the adequacy, for National Flood Insurance Program purposes, of methods used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Corps of Engineers (CE), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and others to determine the height of coastal surges from hurricanes. This report focuses only on hurricane- induced surges at the open coast or at the shores of bays and estuaries. Specifically, it: 1) Reviews hurricane parameters and surge and coastal-water characteristics, in addition to height, that can influence the height and area extent of inland flooding. 2) Describes various methods available for use in estimating the characteristics of hurricane-induced coastal surges. 3) Recommends a method for estimating the characteristics of coastal surges from hurricanes to be used for purposes of the National Flood Insurance Program during the immediate future. 4) Identifies fundamental areas in need for further study and research to improve the adequacy of the recommended methods for predicting the characteristics of coastal surges from hurricanes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared by the Panel on Coastal Surges from Hurricanes of the Science and Engineering Committee on Prevention and Mitigation of Flood Losses.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Research Council

    Building Research Advisory Board
    Washington, DC  USA  20418
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00131118
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Academy of Sciences
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM