Geospatial Data and Model Results

Interactive Street-Level Storm Surge Inundation Map (2012 Hurricane Sandy)


Video Animation of Model Results during 2012 Hurricane Sandy in New York City, NY

This interactive GIS webmap presents numerically modeled storm surge inundation extents in New York City during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 from the sub-grid modeling research efforts of Dr. Derek Loftis at VIMS. A suite of observation locations and data collected during Hurricane Sandy selected from various U.S. government agencies was used to validate the numerically modeled results presented here. These reputable data sources include: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These observations (in meters) include permanent and temporary water level gauges along with high water marks used to validate a 5m-resolution lidar-derived sub-grid inundation model of New York City during 2012 Hurricane Sandy.

Model results have been published in the following references:
Loftis, J. D., Wang, H. V., Hamilton, S. E., and
Forrest, D.(2014). Combination of Lidar Elevations, Bathymetric Data, and Urban Infrastructure in a Sub-Grid Model for Predicting Inundation in New York City during Hurricane Sandy. arXiv preprint, arXiv:1412.0966.  PDF

Wang, H., Loftis, J. D., Liu, Z., Forrest, D., and Zhang, J. (2014). Storm surge and sub-grid inundation modeling in New York City during Hurricane Sandy. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2(1), 226-246.  PDF

Loftis, J. D. (2014). Development of a Large-Scale Storm Surge and High-Resolution Sub-Grid Inundation Model for Coastal Flooding Applications: A Case Study during Hurricane Sandy. Ph.D. Dissertation, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.  PDF

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