Severe Storms

Following Hurricane Sandy, the USGS developed a science plan to support recovery, restoration and rebuilding efforts.
The USGS has responded to every major hurricane for almost two decades.
• Assateague Island Regional Study--The Delmarva Peninsula is a 220-kilometer-long headland, spit, and barrier island complex that was significantly affected by Hurricane Sandy.
USGS coastal hurricane-related research is taking place in hurricane-vulnerable areas along the east coast from Florida to Maine, especially on the areas most heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy, including New Jersey and New York.
The fundamental lesson of Hurricane Sandy, and prior catastrophic storms and hurricanes, is that storm vulnerability is first and foremost a consequence of elevation.
Community planners need accurate and timely storm tide data to develop recovery efforts that will succeed and allow communities to withstand the impacts of all known and recent storms.
The understanding gained from coastal hurricane-related research yields data and better models addressing future hazard scenarios, thereby helping coastal communities to be better prepared to withstand and respond to coastal storms.