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eSurge

Earth Observation Support to the Storm Surge Community

Storm surges can be extremely destructive. 44% of global human population are located within 150 km of the coast and eight of the ten largest cities in the world are located on the coast. In northern Europe many coastal areas are just above or even below the mean sea level (MSL) and are particularly vulnerable to the persistent threat and impact of storm surges. When a storm surge makes landfall extensive flooding may occur. In more extreme cases the surge may lead to loss of life and significant damage to property with large economic costs. Typical losses include destruction of homes, offices, docks, warehouses and other structures and facilities, loss of power and communication systems, damage to coastal defences, boats in harbours, and washing out of roads, railways and other infrastructure.

eSurge
Earth Observation Support to the Storm Surge Community
DUE (Data User Element)
Land
€1000k
Service Demonstration
Completed
Jason-1 : Poseidon:2
Cryosat-2
ENVISAT : MERIS
ENVISAT : AATSR
ENVISAT : ASAR
http://www.storm-surge.info/
The aim of the Data User Element (DUE) storm Surge Demonstration Service (eSurge) project is to support storm surge systems, their services, engineers and scientists by facilitating the widespread user uptake and application of advanced information products from ESA and other Earth Observation missions. To achieve the eSurge project aim, eSurge will develop, demonstrate and validate the latest advanced techniques for retrieving high-resolution information on Total Water Level Envelope (TWLE), wind speed, and waves in the coastal zone from EO measurements that address storm surge user requirements. Access to other more general EO data products (e.g., SST, microwave wind and wave products, and moderate resolution optical data for coastal inundation mapping) together with weather and ocean numerical forecasting systems and other socio- economic data that characterise both extra-tropical and tropical cyclone storm surge case study events in a number of user defined Areas of Interest. An extensive and open-access of historical and contemporary storm Surge events will be delivered as case studies (with interface tools to access and use eSurge data products). eSurge will also provide a demonstration NRT service of user defined EO data products and eSurge services in support of operational and experimental storm surge forecasting and warning services. As part of this work, the project will implement together with the eSurge user community, a number of re-analysis data assimilation and validation experiments for historical and contemporary storm surge events that demonstrate the impact of EO data on storm surge applications.
eSurge final report
CGI IT UK Limited, UK.
NOC
KNMI
DMI
CMRC
UNAM
NTSLF
NPOL
JCOMM
IOC - UNESCO
GDACS
eSurge-Venice
University of Columbia :
Phillip Harwood
CGI
The Office Park, Springfield Drive,
Leatherhead KT22 7LP,
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 20 8144 6275
phillip.harwood@cgi.com
www.cgi-group.co.uk
Craig Donlon
Principal Scientist for Oceans and Ice
European Space Agency
ESTEC/EOP-SME,
Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ
Noordwijk The Netherlands
+31 (0)715 653687
craig.donlon@esa.int