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Surge, Waves, and Structural Fragility during Hurricane Ike

Speaker: Andrew Kennedy, University of Notre Dame
Series: CEE Departmental Seminars
Location: Engineering Quad E219
Date/Time: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Abstract:

Andrew KennedyHurricane Ike (2009) made landfall near Galveston, Texas, causing severe damage that at the time was the third highest in US history. Pre-storm rapid deployments of wave/surge gauges over almost 400km of coastline combined with post-storm damage surveys and high resolution numerical wave and surge modeling create a rich dataset for post-storm analysis. Two particularly noteworthy aspects of Ike will be explored in this talk: causes of the forerunner surge that inundated land areas almost a full day before landfall, preventing evacuation from many low-lying areas; and observed structural fragility on the Bolivar Peninsula Texas, which experienced total destruction of more than 60% of all structures.