St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center Scientists give interviews about Hurricane Dorian’s coastal impacts

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Oceanographer Kara Doran was interviewed by Spectrum Bay News 9 about Hurricane Dorian’s impact on Florida beaches and the use of the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal and Total Water Level (TWL) viewer. Research Graduate Assistant Legna Torres-Garcia gave an interview with CNNE (CNN Español) about potential beach erosion and the USGS Coastal Change Hazards forecast.

Screenshot: Coastal Change Hazards Portal - Hurricane Dorian - Sept. 5

Screenshot from the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal showing Hurricane Dorian and current position as of 9/5/2019. (Public domain.)

Following the Sept. 2, 2019, USGS news story about Hurricane Dorian’s potential impacts on beach erosion, Spectrum Bay News 9 contacted USGS Oceanographer Kara Doran to learn more about the USGS Coastal Change Hazards forecasts for Hurricane Dorian, the utility of the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal and Total Water Level Viewer, and how those computer models are used to understand and predict how coastal communities would be impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

CNNE (CNN Español) conducted a live interview with USGS Research Graduate Assistant Legna Torres Garcia in Spanish to learn more about potential beach erosion and the USGS Coastal Change Hazards forecast. Watch the interview here:

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To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Dorian, visit the USGS Hurricane Dorian page at

Editor’s note: This story was update September 4 at 2 p.m. with new forecast numbers from the USGS Coastal Change Hazard forecast. For the latest information, visit the USGS Coastal Change Hazards portal.