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Development of a New Storm Surge Index for Global Prediction of Tropical Cyclone Generated Storm Surge

Title: Development of a New Storm Surge Index for Global Prediction of Tropical Cyclone Generated Storm Surge.
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Name(s): Jordan, Mark Rickman, 1982-, author
Clayson, Carol Anne, professor directing dissertation
Georgen, Jennifer, outside committee member
Hart, Robert, committee member
Ruscher, Paul, committee member
Ray, Peter, committee member
Cocke, Steven, committee member
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This research involves the creation of a new storm surge index that incorporates many variables important in storm surge generation like maximum winds, radius of maximum winds, pressure, translation speed, and bathymetry. Using a two-dimensional, barotropic ocean model, power laws have been developed that describe the relationship between storm surge and changes in maximum wind, radius of maximum winds, pressure, and bathymetry. Direct curve fitting is used to describe the relationship between storm surge and changes in translation speed since a power-law relationship does not exist in that case. A database of 39 landfalling, United States hurricanes between 1986 and 2007 is used to evaluate the quality of the index. Storm parameters for all database storms are compiled using the extended best track dataset, and an index value is calculated for each storm in the database. Correlation analysis is then performed using the index values and observed maximum storm surge heights. Finally, an extensive error analysis is presented to demonstrate uncertainties in the index in both forecast and post-analysis situations.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3473 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Meteorology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: April 23, 2008.
Keywords: Hurricane, Flood, Storm Surge, Forecasting
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Carol Anne Clayson, Professor Directing Dissertation; Jennifer Georgen, Outside Committee Member; Robert Hart, Committee Member; Paul Ruscher, Committee Member; Peter Ray, Committee Member; Steven Cocke, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Oceanography
Atmospheric sciences
Meteorology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3473
Owner Institution: FSU

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Jordan, M. R. (2008). Development of a New Storm Surge Index for Global Prediction of Tropical Cyclone Generated Storm Surge. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-3473