Rapid Estimation of Maximum Storm Surges Induced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Hsu, S.A., Braud, DeWitt, and Blanchard, Brian.

Storm surges generated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita inundated much of coastal Louisiana as revealed by Landsat imagery. A simplified equation for estimating maximum surge height is provided. Estimated heights are shown to be in reasonable agreement with preliminary water mark measurements. An application of the equation for a different geographical setting is described.

Ref: NWA Electronic Journal of Operational Meteorology, Jan. 1, 2006

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