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Coastal Change Hazards: Hurricanes and Extreme Storms

Hurricane Katrina

Science and the Storms: the USGS Response to the Hurricanes of 2005

Circular 1306This report is designed to give a view of the immediate response of the USGS to four major hurricanes of 2005: Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Topics vary from flooding and water quality to landscape and ecosystem impacts, from geotechnical reconnaissance to analyzing the collapse of bridges and estimating the volume of debris.

Read the report: USGS Circular 1306

 
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
Lidar reveals coastal change on Dauphin Island lidar image
Before and after Photos: Chandeleur Islands, Dauphin Island, Mississippi Chandeleur islands
Post-storm photos:
Northern Gulf of Mexico
ship washed up on land
Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a category 3 storm in Plaquemines Parish, LA on August 29, 2005. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the University of New Orleans are cooperating in a research project investigating coastal change that occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Aerial video, still photography, and laser altimetry surveys of post-storm beach conditions were collected August 31 and September 1, 2005 for comparison with earlier data. The comparisons will 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. The data are being made available to local, state, and federal agencies for purposes of disaster recovery and erosion mitigation.


Related links:

Before-and-After Aerial Photographs Show Coastal Impacts of Hurricane Katrina
Sound Waves article

USGS Scientists Investigate New Orleans Levees Broken by Hurricane Katrina
Sound Waves article

Post-Katrina Cleanup in Biloxi, Mississippi—a Volunteer's Reflections
Sound Waves article


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