Gulf Coast 2 Study

SCE modeled the effects of future sea level rise on hurricane storm surge and waves throughout Mobile County as part of a much larger pilot study for the US DOT on the potential impacts of global climate change on transportation infrastructure. A numerical model (ADCIRC) was applied in combination with a wave model (STWAVE) with historic and synthetic storms wind fields. This pioneering study established methodologies that have been used in vulnerability studies throughout the nation to evaluate the effects of future sea level rise on future storms. Modeling results from this SCE effort, done in conjunction with ICF International, were highlighted in the 2014 National Climate Assessment.