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Extreme Coastal Changes and Storm Surge Measurements from Hurricanes Ike and Gustav

What: Reporters are invited to attend a special presentation about the impacts of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav on the Texas and Louisiana coast. Compelling before-and-after photographs of the storms will be

Photo of coastal change from Hurricanes Ike and Gustav
Bolivar Peninsula before and two days after Ike

presented during an earth-science conference in Houston, October 6.  

“Extreme storms like Hurricanes Ike and Gustav can change the shape and position of the coast as well as destroy buildings,” said U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) oceanographer Abby Sallenger.

Dr. Sallenger’s expertise includes quantifying the changes wrought by the recent hurricanes using airborne-laser mapping, known as lidar.

Mike Turco, USGS hydrologist in Houston, will discuss the deployment and success of using high tech, special sensors designed to measure Hurricane Ike’s storm surge along the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

Who:      Asbury Sallenger

               USGS Florida Integrated

               Science Center

               St. Petersburg, Florida  


               Michael Turco

               USGS Texas Water

               Science Center

               Houston, Texas                                                                   


When:    Monday, October 6



Where:  Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

               George R. Brown Convention Center

               General Assembly Theater B

               Houston, Texas


Can’t make it to Houston? This session will be webcast.  Please visit:

 To arrange an interview, please contact the GSA Newsroom on 1-713-853-8329.

See images online at:

Bolivar Peninsula before and two days after Ike

[Via USGS]

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