Estimating Probable Storm Damage on Barrier Islands

by Andrew A. Dzurik, (M.ASCE), Coll of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL, USA Coll,
Bruce Stiftel, Coll of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL, USA,
Anita Tallarico, Coll of Engineering, Tallahassee, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


This paper demonstrates a methodology for estimating probable property damage losses from hurricanes on barrier islands. Using the case study of Gasparilla Island, Florida, it estimates value of structures over the next 20 years based on current appraisals and land use plans, and applies damage functions based on storm surge, wind, and waves. The probability of different categories of hurricanes are applied for each year of the 20 year period, and alternative development scenarios are considered.

Subject Headings: Islands | Barrier islands | Gates (hydraulic) | Storms | Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Case studies | Land use | Storm surges | Florida | United States

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