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History of Coastal Inundation Models

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Hurricanes, Nor'easters, winter storms and tsunamis cause damaging and destructive inundation of coastal areas. With the rapid growth and development of coastal regions, greater damage to property and loss of life will continue to occur. The development and implementation of numerical models allows these natural events to be replicated so that their potential effect can be known and lives and property protected. A wide variety of models have been developed over the past forty years to forecast coastal inundation. The models described herein were chosen based on their use in emergency management and hazard mitigation. Although a brief overview of the numerical characteristics of each model will be provided, the paper aims to highlight their function and application as forecasting, planning, warning and monitoring tools while detailing the chronological development of coastal inundation models.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2007

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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