These resources for tracking hurricanes and their impacts may inspire a café theme, choice of speaker, or hands-on activity, or may simply provide interesting background information.
- USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal. USGS interactive map. Information and products are organized within three coastal change hazard themes: 1) extreme storms, 2) shoreline change, and 3) sea-level rise. Each data item represents an individual research product, with some items grouped together as aggregates to show the breadth of the topic and make it easy to explore. https://marine.usgs.gov/coastalchangehazardsportal/
- Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment-ADCIRC. This is a Coastal Circulation and Storm Surge Model where you can see storm surge predictions, or hindcast storm surges for past storm events. Can select by storm to see its track and stats along the path, including water height. http://adcirc.org/
- ESRI Disaster Response Program: Hurricanes. Continuously updated hurricane information in map form shows the projected paths, storm surge, weather warnings, and precipitation. View globally or by region. Useful ‘about’ section to explain map features. http://www.esri.com/services/disaster-response/hurricanes
- Science to Weather the Storm-USGS Response to Harvey: This USGS article (https://www.usgs.gov/news/science-weather-storm) describes several tools used to track Harvey and measure impacts. (Related article: USGS Prepares for Hurricane Harvey. https://www.usgs.gov/news/usgs-prepares-hurricane-harvey)
- Tech, Open Data Are Crucial in Long-term Recovery Following Hurricane Harvey: Article describing big data’s role in the aftermath of Harvey, from damage assessment to risk of mosquito-borne illness outbreaks. http://www.govtech.com/Tech-Open-Data-Are-Crucial-in-Long-Term-Recovery-Following-Hurricane-Harvey.html?flipboard=yes