On Jan. 13, 2021, John Callahan, associate scientist at the Delaware Geological Survey, presented at the 101st American Meteorological Society (AMS) 2021 annual meeting, the world’s largest yearly gathering for the weather, water and climate community. His talk, "Skew Surge and Coastal Flooding from Tropical Cyclones in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays for 1980 -2019," was about identifying the tropical storms that generated the largest storm surges in the Delaware region, and investigating regional differences between the upper and lower portions of the bays due to the location of the storm tracks. Tropical cyclones, like all coastal storms, are multi-hazard weather events, with storm surge the most destructive and lethal hazard. In a changing environment, particularly in this region with high rates of sea-level rise, there continues to be a need to improve storm surge forecasting and implement strategies to assess the risk and minimize the damage of coastal flooding. This fits with the theme of the AMS conference, “Strengthening Engagement with Communities through Our Science and Service.” His presentation accompanies a pair of forthcoming publications.
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