The 2017 hurricane season has heavily impacted many Caribbean countries and coastal U.S. states. Several scientists have joined together to study the impacts of these hurricanes on landscape changes and hydrology.
The team plans to compile and process satellite data and streamflow records to provide information on landscape recovery rates and changes to eco-hydrologic processes following the hurricane events.
The scientists will analyze time-lapse photography, multi-scale satellite-derived images and data, and hydro-meteorological datasets. Satellite data is continuously collected and hydrologic data collection, although compromised due to some storm damage of stream gaging stations, is also ongoing. On-site data collection is expected to start as soon as possible, with outputs including data syntheses and analyses expected starting in the summer of 2018.
Partners will include Greg Guannel of the Caribbean Green Technology Center, who will be leading local data collection and interpretation, as well as other EROS researchers, who will help develop satellite-derived environmental parameters such as phenology metrics (seasonal cycles of natural systems) and evapotranspiration (ET).
Results will help inform planning and management for these major storm events.
Image: GOES-16 satellite captured this geocolor image of three hurricanes in the tropical Atlantic on the afternoon of September 8, 2017. Left to right, they are: Hurricane Katia, which made landfall in Mexico that night. Hurricane Irma, which was passing between Cuba and the Bahamas; and Hurricane José, which was churning in the open ocean.