Forecasting Models Using ADCIRC

NOAA NCEP's ESTOFS extratropical storm and tide operational forecasting model for US coasts

Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment

Computational Hydraulic Laboratory at Notre Dame Global 5 day storm surge forecast (William Pringle)

Data Sources: Topography/Bathymetry, Water Level Tidal Constituent, and Other Data Bases

NOAA Office of Coast Survey
NOAA's Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs)

NOAA Shoreline Website

NOAA NCEI Global Self-consistent, Hierarchical, High-resolution Geography Database (GSHHG)

NOAA NCEI Bathymetric Data Viewer

NOAA National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI) (Formerly National Geophysical Data Center)
Over 400 digital and analog databases of geophysical data describing the solid earth, marine, and solar terrestrial environment.
to view data:

NOAA Coastal Services Center Digital Coast
Data sets, tools, training for coast communities managers and technicians.

SRTM Plus Satellite Geodesy with measured and estimated seafloor topography
Global topography and bathymetry based on data fusion of SRTM land topography with measured and estimated seafloor topography

GEBCO: General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans
Bathymetry data sets for the world's oceans.

IHO Bathymetry and Ocean Mapping
IHO Data Centre for Digital Bathymetry (DCDB) and General Bathymetric Chards of the Oceans (GEBCO)

Gulf of Mexico High Resolution Seafloor

US Army Corps of Engineers Hydrographic (Bathymetric) Surveys along maintained dredged channels in US Waters

USGS The National Map View and Download Platform
Topographic base map data and products, including elevation, orthoimagery, hydrography, geographic names, boundaries, transportation, structures, land cover, US Topo and Historical Topo Maps.

Computational Hydraulic Laboratory Global Tidal Data Base (William Pringle)
A consolidated map of tidal constituent data produced by William Pringle at stations around the world, compiled from various sources as listed below. Many of the data sources directly provide the tidal harmonics while others we have applied UTIDE on up to 21 years of water level data in order to extract tidal constituents. All amplitudes are in meters, and all phase lags are in degrees referenced to GMT.
"truth" gauges:

NOAA Tides and Currents
Tidal data, water level data, current data, and sea level trends.

NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)
NDBC manages the development, operations, and maintenance of the national data buoy network.

University of Hawaii Sea Level Center
Hawaii Tidal Data

Global Extreme Sea Level Analysis (GELSA)

Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (TCOON)
Water level, wind, atmospheric pressure, air and water temperature data along the Texas Coast.

Alaska Water Level Watch (AWLW)
A collaborative group working tom improve the quality, coverage, and accessibility of water level observations on Alaska’s coasts.


Japan Meteorological Agency
Japanese tidal data.

River, US Army Corps of Engineers
Water levels of rivers and lakes (

USGS Earth Explorer
Query and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products.

OSU Tidal Data Inversion
TPXO Global Tidal Solution, Regional and Local Tidal Solutions, ATLAS Solutions, OSU Tidal Inversion software, OSU Tidal Prediction software, TIdal Model Driver

NASA Hurricanes/Tropical Cyclones
Latest storm images and data from NASA

NOAA Historical Hurricane Tracks
Interactive mapping searches and displays global tropical cyclone data. Users can query storms by storm name, ZIP code, state, grographic region, or latitude/longitude coordinates. Track storms and extract data.

Federal Government Repository 
Providing public access to federal government datasets. Includes metadata, how to access the datasets, and tools that can be used in research, visualizations, etc.

NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis Data Composites
Plot maps or composites of variables from the NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis dataset

Full Turnkey Mapping Based on Worldview2 8-band Satellite Imagery.

UN WCMC Ocean Data Viewer (mangroves, seamounts etc.)

Collaborative Laboratories

Coastal Circulation and Hazards Research Group, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Computational Hydraulics Group, University of Texas at Austin

Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory, US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center

Office of Coast Survey, NOAA

Coastal Hazards Center, A U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Center for Excellence

Computational Hydrodynamics and Informatics Laboratory, Ohio State University

Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CariCOOS)

The Ste||ar Group, Systems Technology, Emergent Parallelism, and Algorithm Research, LSU

Coastal Systems Ecology Lab, LSU

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Environmental Modeling Center

NOAA National Ocean Service, Coast Survey Development Lab (CSDL)

Hydraulics and Coastal Research Laboratories

Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, University of Iowa

Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Environmental Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego

Ocean Engineering, Texas A&M University

LSU Center for Coastal Resiliency, Louisiana State University

Stanford Flow Physics and Computational Engineering

Stanford Environmental Engineering Program (SUNTANS research group)

Technical University Delft Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Brown University Scientific Computing Group

Coastal Hydraulic Laboratory, US Army Corps of Engineers

Naval Research Laboratory

FVCOM - Chen laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth ROMS/TOMS models, data links, model information/formulations

SLIM: a multi-scale model of the land-sea continuum

Alfred Wegener Institute

Sites of Interest

NASA Earth Observatory, "Hurricanes: The Greatest Storms on Earth"

Coastal wiki: Morphology of Estuaries

Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study, data sources, documents and reports, and analysis and mapping guidance

Western Alaska Land Conservation Cooperative

Recommended Books
The Power of the Sea: Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters
Bruce Parker, Palgrave Macmillan, March 2012

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Erik Larson, Vintage, July 2000

Island in a Storm: A Rising Sea, a Vanishing Coast, and a Nineteenth-Century Disaster that Warns of a Warmer World
Abby Sallenger, Public Affairs, June 2009

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
John M. Barry, Simon & Schuster, April 1998

The Control of Nature
John McPhee, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 1990

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
Mark Kurlansky, Penguin Books, July 1998

The Last Fish Tale
Kurlansky, Ballantine Books, June 2008

The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
Mark Kurlansky, Random House, January 2007

The New Orleans Hurricane Protection System: Assessing Pre-Katrina Vulnerability and Improving Mitigation and Preparedness
National Research Council, Washington, D.C., The National Academies Press, 2009.

Postdoctoral Opportunities
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin

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