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Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike: Observations of Coastal Change

OFR 2009-1061Observations were collected to measure coastal changes associated with Hurricane Ike, which made landfall near Galveston, Texas, on September 13, 2008. Methods of observation included aerial photography and airborne topographic surveys. This report documents these data-collection efforts and presents qualitative and quantitative descriptions of hurricane-induced changes to the shoreline, beaches, dunes, and infrastructure in the region that was heavily impacted by Hurricane Ike.

Read the report: USGS Open-File Report 2009-1061

Hurricane Ike made landfall as Category 2 hurricane near Galveston, Texas, on September 13, 2008. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hurricanes and Extreme Storms Group is investigating coastal change caused by Hurricane Ike.

Aerial video, still photography, and laser altimetry surveys of post-storm beach conditions were collected for comparison with earlier data. The comparisons show the nature, magnitude, and spatial variability of coastal changes such as beach erosion, overwash deposition, and island breaching. These data will also be used to further refine predictive models of coastal impacts from severe storms.

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Post-landfall (approx. 3-5 days)

Post-landfall (approx. 2 weeks)


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