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NC CSC to Collaborate on Hurricane Research

The 2017 hurricane season has heavily impacted many Caribbean countries and coastal U.S. states. 

Gabriel Senay of the NC CSC and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) has begun working with Jerry McMahon (Southeast Climate Science Center, SE CSC) and Dave Sumner (USGS Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center) to study the impact of these recent hurricanes on landscape changes and hydrologic fluxes. The collaboration with SE CSC will focus on the Virgin Islands, while the Caribbean-Florida Center will focus on Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 

The team plans tocompile and process satellite data and streamflow records to provide information on landscape recovery rates and changes to eco-hydrologic processes.

Their data analyses will include time-lapse photography, multi-scale satellite-derived products (Landsat, MODIS, etc.), and hydro-meteorological datasets. Satellite data is continuously collected and hydrologic data collection, although compromised due to storm damage of gaging stations, is ongoing. On-site data collection is expected to start as soon as possible, with outputs including data syntheses and analyses expected starting in the summer of 2018. These products will likely provide great opportunities for students and interns to collaborate.

Partners will include Greg Guannel of the Caribbean Green Technology Center, who will be leading local data collection and interpretation, as well as EROS researchers, who will help develop satellite-derived environmental parameters such as phenology metrics (seasonal cycles of natural systems) and evapotranspiration (ET). 

Results will help inform planning and management for these major storm events. 

Photo: GOES-16 Sees Hurricanes Katia, Irma and José (NOAA)