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Hurricanes are large-scale disturbances of such force and size that their influence on landscape pattern and processes of coastal systems is evident, though still poorly understood. The regularity and severity of tropical storms are major factors controlling ecosystem structure and succession for coastal ecosystems. Hurricane landfall rates vary greatly for given coastal stretches of the southeastern United States. USGS scientists are involved in wide-ranging hurricane research efforts, often conducting post-storm assessments to characterize the degree and extent of damage to coastal ecosystem structure.

HURRICANE SPECIAL TOPIC WEBSITES

GEOS-13 Image of Hurricane Maria and Tropical Storm Jose

Hurricane Maria and Tropical Storm Jose acquired by the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13 (GOES-13 or GOES East) at 1:15 p.m. local time on September 19, 2017.

The links below will take you to websites specific to each hurricane. These websites are a combination of information from across USGS.

Harvey

Maria

Irma

Jose

Nate

Sandy

 

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Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC)

 

Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC)

WARC researchers in Louisiana help with boat and rescue after Hurricane Katrina

WARC researchers in Louisiana help with boat and rescue after Hurricane Katrina (Public domain.)

NOAA scene showing Hurricane Sandy damage

High Resolution Orthoimagery archived at the USGS EROS Center and inset into the larger image show the New Jersey coastal town of Mantoloking five years before Sandy made landfall, as well as the slow recovery three years after the storm. Entire blocks of houses visible in the 2007 image were damaged or completely washed away by the storm surge and wind, replaced by empty patches of sand in the 2015 image.

 

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