Overview: The SURGEDAT database provides the first comprehensive storm surge history for the U.S. Gulf Coast. This dataset archives more than 5,200 high water marks since 1880, making it possible to estimate storm surge return levels, like the 100-year flood. Such information is useful for planners, insurance professionals, emergency management personnel, as well as coastal scientists and modelers. This link provides more information about this exciting project: http://surge.srcc.lsu.edu/.
Presenter: Dr. Hal Needham, LSU
Dr. Hal Needham is the Program Manager for the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program at Louisiana State University. He has received a B.S. in geography from Penn State University, followed by an M.S. and Phd from Louisiana State University, where he conducted the first data-driven storm surge analysis for the U.S. Gulf Coast. Hal is particularly interested in risk analysis for extreme weather and climate events that have substantial impacts on society.