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dc.contributor.advisorCastellano-Rodríguez, Dorial
dc.contributor.authorBenítez-Menéndez, José L.
dc.description.abstractThe US Virgin Islands (USVI) lie in the middle of the Caribbean hurricane alley where hurricanes are a yearly threat. Most of the population of each island resides close to the coastline, including most of its hotel and cruise ship industry. In order to reduce the impact of disasters caused by hurricanes the ADCIRC+SWAN model, a tightly coupled circulation and wave model, was used to prepare coastal flood maps showing potentially floodable coastal areas due to category 1 to 5 hurricanes. In addition, a working computational mesh was constructed and together with a well validated hurricane wind model, the ADCIRC+SWAN model can then be used to estimate the impact of climate change consequences like sea level rise and an increase in the frequency of intense hurricanes. All of this is of extreme importance for small tropical islands like USVI whose economy is tightly coupled with the sea through their ports.en_US
dc.description.abstractLas Islas Vírgenes de Estados Unidos de America están localizadas en el Mar Caribe, las cuales son amenazadas anualmente por huracanes. La población de estas islas, así como la industria de hoteles y cruceros, se concentran mayormente cerca de la costa. Para reducir significativamente el impacto que pudiese tener desastres causados por huracanes, se utilizó el modelo de ADCIRC+SWAN, un modelo acoplado de olas y circulación, en la creación de mapas de inundación costeras que resalten aquellas áreas potencialmente inundables debido a huracanes de categorías 1 al 5. Además, se creó una malla computacional con la cual el modelo de vientos de huracán se validó y la cual puede luego utilizarse para estimar el impacto de las consecuencias del cambio climatológico como, por ejemplo, un aumento del nivel del mar o en la frecuencia de huracanes intensos. Esto es importante para aquellas islas tropicales cuyas economías dependen grandemente del mar.en_US
dc.titleA storm surge atlas for the us virgin islands in support of hazard mitigation, coastal planning, and climate change mitigationen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll rights reserveden_US
dc.rights.holder(c) 2014 José Luis Benítez-Menéndezen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMercado, Aurelio
dc.contributor.committeeSantana, Samuel
dc.contributor.representativeCanals, Miguel
dc.contributor.collegeCollege of Arts and Science - Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Physicsen_US
dc.description.graduationSemesterSpring (2nd semester)en_US

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