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LSU researcher makes waves with storm surge database

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Posted: Apr 23, 2014 5:04 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Apr 23, 2014 5:17 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Surge, Storm, Hurricane, Gulf Coast, LSU, research, climatology

BATON ROUGE- Some areas along the Gulf coast may be more susceptible to storm surges than others, according to research done by climatologist at LSU.

Hal Needham led the charge to create SURGEDAT, a comprehensive database that compiles storm surge data from hurricanes and tropical storms dating back to the 1880s.

"We have about 130 years of storm surge observation, everything from federal documents, historic newspapers, academic documents, this enables us to understand what happens along the gulf coast as far as storm surges and hurricanes," said Needham.

The data shows that some places historically have more risk when it comes to higher surge impacts.

"The track of the hurricane does affect how much you get hit, but certain areas, like Shell Beach, the coast of Mississippi, are more vulnerable than a place like Morgan City for example, so it can really help people prepare and understand the risk and the surge potential in their area," said Needham.

To see the interactive maps and check out the data visit SURGEDAT.

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