What is it about?

This study examines the storm surge levels near Tampico, Mexico, by analyzing 23 scenarios of tropical cyclones. It investigates the impact of factors such as trajectory, wind intensity, and translation speed on storm surge variations. The findings reveal the highest water levels occur when a storm makes landfall near the study area, and slower-moving storms result in sustained high water levels and increased flood risks.

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Why is it important?

This research is crucial for coastal communities and emergency management agencies in the Gulf of Mexico region. Understanding the factors that influence storm surge variations helps in developing effective contingency plans, emergency preparedness measures, and response strategies. It provides valuable insights into the potential risks and impacts of tropical cyclones on coastal areas, aiding in mitigating flood risks and protecting vulnerable populations.


This study highlights the complex relationship between tropical cyclone characteristics and storm surge variations. It emphasizes the importance of considering factors like trajectory, intensity, and translation speed for accurate storm surge predictions and effective emergency planning.

Christian Appendini
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

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This page is a summary of: Storm surge at a western Gulf of Mexico site: variations on Tropical Storm Arlene, International Journal of River Basin Management, February 2014, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/15715124.2014.880709.
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