Storm surge warning, mitigation, and adaptation

Added August 15, 2018

Horn D.P. Storm surge warning, mitigation, and adaptation. In Coastal and Marine Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, 2015 (pp. 153-180).

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This chapter provides a systematic review of measures that influence mitigation and adaptation to hazards linked with storm surge. Structural measures cannot entirely eliminate flood risk and in certain situations may not be the appropriate response. Storm surge barriers can protect large areas with relatively small structures but are not suitable for an open coastline. There is a great need for changing the methods of reporting storm surge hazards so that people and communities respond to forecaster warnings. As evidenced by Katrina and Ike, the Saffir-Simpson categories are not a good public warning scale for storm surge. Limiting development in the most hazardous locations can reduce exposure. Improved building codes, requiring flood-damaged buildings to be rebuilt, and new developments to be constructed in resilient ways can reduce storm surge vulnerability.


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