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eSurge

The DUE eSurge project has been set up by ESA to promote the use of Earth Observation data for Storm Surge applications. A storm surge is an abnormally high sea level produced by severe atmospheric conditions, lasting for a period ranging from a few minutes to a few days. Storm surges can be extremely destructive, causing extensive flooding, severe damage to property and infrastructure, and in extreme cases significant loss of life. For example, most fatalities during tropical storms are due to the associated storm surges.

esurge logo.png content embed small Storm Surge forecasting and warning systems depend upon the cooperation of different scientific disciplines and user communities. Such systems use a range of measurements including in-situ (such as tide buoys), Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and Numerical Ocean Prediction (NOP) systems.There are several ways in which EO data can help improve storm surge forecasting. These include tracking the progress of storms and estimating their landfall locations, using SAR data to measure wind speeds and using EO data to measure Sea Surface Temperature that can be used to estimate the intensity of a storm.

Another EO tool that can be used for storm surge monitoring is the measurement of water levels in coastal regions using coastal altimetry tools. As most satellite altimetry techniques have been developed to measure Sea Surface Height in the open ocean, some work still needs to be done for extending these measurements to the coast. The work done for this project will continue the research done in the recently completed COASTALT project.

Further information can be found on the eSurge web page or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , who is leading the project.