NGI Researchers "Ride Out the Storm"

Geosystems Research Institute
September 17, 2010

A study which was funded by the Northern Gulf Institute, recently explored why coastal residents choose to leave or to weather the storm.

Two Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station scientists, Daniel Petrolia and Sanjoy Bhattacharjee, developed and distributed 2,000 surveys in the coastal counties of all four Gulf of Mexico states, targeting the first two inland counties in each state. Of those, 531 were filled out and returned.

The survey questions included 15 hypothetical hurricane scenarios with four storm characteristics: wind speed, storm intensity trend, estimated time of land fall and type of evacuation notice.

The research study was recently published in the journal Coastal Management.

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