Simulation of storm surge in northeast coast of the US; A closer look at the wind forcing

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Conference Proceeding

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A coupled ADCIRC+SWAN model was forced with parametric and global wind products from NHC and ECMWF databases, respectively, to simulate and examine the storm surge responses of Hurricanes Bob (1991) and Irene (2011) in Rhode Island coastal waters. Comparisons with NOAA, USGS, and USACE observation/hindcast data showed that the location of the hurricane track in relation to the study area is paramount when determining which wind product should be used in storm surge simulations. Parametric winds better predict storm surge at locations within the RMW, where global winds lack horizontal resolution, and vice versa for locations outside the RMW.

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Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference