Validation of a Continental-Scale Storm Surge Model for the Coast of Delaware

by David J. Mark, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
Norman W. Scheffner, (A.M.ASCE), US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling

Abstract: Coastal structures are designed to provide protection against various forces of nature acting in the coastal zone. Structures such as seawalls are expected to provide onshore protection from the effects of storm surge. However, the degree of protection is usually limited by the economics of constructing for a specified storm surge elevation. This elevation is determined from a frequency-of-occurrence analysis of historical events. When adequate storm surge data are not available, computer simulations of historical storm events can be used in developing surge elevation databases for generating reliable stage-frequency relationships. This paper describes the procedures used in developing such a database along the coast of Delaware.

Subject Headings: Storm surges | Coastal environment | Validation | Databases | Computer models | Frequency analysis | Economic factors | Structural design | Sea walls | North America | Delaware | United States

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