Coastal Hazards

Coastal hazards come in many varieties in the Southeast: Hurricane landfalls, coastal community flooding, and rip current events are a few.

SECOORA focuses on improving coastal hazard resilience in the southeast by:

  • Operating observing platforms to provide community-level data necessary to improve the accuracy of storm surge forecasts;
  • Providing rapid access to coastal and oceanographic data;
  • Funding projects to increase the accuracy of rip current forecasting

Observations, Tools and Projects

Below are examples of SECOORA supported efforts related to Coastal Hazards. Note most observations and tools funded apply to multiple themes.

Rip Currents Project

SECOORA partnered with NOAA to collect wave data and visual rip current observations for Emerald Isle, NC. The ocean data is needed to validate the NOAA National Weather Service Rip Current Forecast Model (RCFM).

The project supports Coastal Hazards by:

  • Improving accuracy of rip current forecast
  • Serving the NOAA NWS Weather Forecasts office needs
SECOORA Data Portal

Over 4,000 datasets and 75 million observations are accessible through the SECOORA Data Portal.

Use the tool to explore, download, and visualize ocean and coastal data and models in the Southeast U.S.

The portal supports Coastal Hazards by:

  • Visualizing data from multiple sources
  • Providing an expansive data catalog featuring reliable, quality controlled datasets

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Marine Weather Portal

The Marine Weather Portal provides a one-stop shop for marine observations, forecasts, and short and long-fuse warnings for the coastal waters of the southeast region.

The application supports the Coastal Hazards theme by:

  • Providing rapid access coastal and ocean weather and sea condition data
  • Visualizing hazards such as storm tracks and severe weather
  • Serving the NOAA NWS Weather Forecasts offices

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In-situ Stations

SECOORA funds many in-situ stations in the Southeast U.S. These technologies – buoys, metrological and coastal stations – support Coastal Hazards resiliency by:

  • Improving weather forecasts
  • Providing real-time information on current sea conditions
  • Increasing accuracy for storm track and storm surge inundation models.

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