UCF Researchers Create Global Storm Surge Database | University of Central Florida News
Storm surges can be deadly coastal hazards but the current historical tide gauge data that is needed to better understand them, and perhaps predict their impacts, doesn’t go far back enough in time.
That’s why University of Central Florida researchers are working to reconstruct the missing data and compile the information in a newly created online Database of Global Storm Surge Reconstructions, or GSSR. The work is detailed in a recent study in Nature Scientific Data.
The new information will improve the ability of scientists to perform storm surge flood risk assessments under present-day climate conditions.
To create the database, the researchers used statistical methods and machine learning tools to understand the relationship between atmospheric and oceanic variables — such as sea surface temperature, wind speed, sea level pressure, and precipitation — and storm surges. They then used this understanding to infer missing storm surge information for periods when there were atmospheric variables but no tide gauge data.