WeatherZine Center for Science and Technology Policy Research CIRES NOAA University of Colorado
blue shim
About us
Submit an article
Contact us
ASPEN program
Societal Aspects of Weather
Weather Policy mailing list
Roger Pielke's Home Page

Number 35, September 2002

Additions to SOCASP

Historical Hurricane Tracks

The Historical Hurricane Tracks site contains an interactive mapping application that allows users to query and display 150 years of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone data from the National Hurricane Center's Tropical Cyclone Best Track data set. The ability to plot user-defined portions of the data set and download credible and reliable data will enhance knowledge of hurricane climatology for any location within the Atlantic Basin. The web site includes text documents detailing particular storm events and graphs showing historical population data versus hurricane strikes for coastal counties from Texas to Maine.

Risk Frontiers: Mainstream flood risk rating and analysis

Included on this site is a GIS-based model for estimating mainstream flood risk in urban areas on a per address basis. Users can determine risk according to zip code for certain areas in Australia.

Flood Damage in the U.S.

Flood Damage in the United States, 1926-2000: A Reanalysis of National Weather Service Estimates, by Roger A. Pielke, Jr., Mary W. Downton, and J. Zoe Barnard Miller, is a reanalysis of flood damage estimates collected by the National Weather Service (NWS) between 1925 and 2000. The flood damage estimates presented in this website are compiled from NWS records and publications, supplemented by reports of other federal and state agencies. The accompanying report includes an evaluation of the accuracy of the estimates and recommendations for users of the data. When properly used, the reanalyzed NWS damage estimates can be a valuable tool to aid researchers and decision makers in understanding the changing character of damaging floods in the U.S.