A classification scheme for landfalling tropical cyclones based on precipitation variables derived from GIS and ground radar analysis

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dc.contributor Brommer, David M.
dc.contributor Weber, Joe
dc.contributor Dixon, Grady
dc.contributor.advisor Senkbeil, Jason C.
dc.contributor.author Comstock, Ian Jacob
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:38:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:38:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000520
dc.identifier.other Comstock_alatus_0004M_10661
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1025
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Landfalling tropical cyclones present a multitude of hazards that threaten life and property to coastal and inland communities. These hazards are most commonly categorized by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Potential Disaster Scale. Currently, there is not a system or scale that categorizes tropical cyclones by precipitation and flooding, which is the primary cause of fatalities and property damage from landfalling tropical cyclones. This research compiles ground based radar data (Nexrad Level-III) in the U.S. and analyzes tropical cyclone precipitation data in a GIS platform. Twenty-six landfalling tropical cyclones from 1995 to 2008 are included in this research where they were classified using Cluster Analysis. Precipitation and storm variables used in classification include: rain shield area, convective precipitation area, rain shield decay, and storm forward speed. Results indicate six distinct groups of tropical cyclones based on these variables.
dc.format.extent 93 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Meteorology
dc.subject.other Geographic Information Science and Geodesy
dc.title A classification scheme for landfalling tropical cyclones based on precipitation variables derived from GIS and ground radar analysis
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Geography
etdms.degree.discipline Geography
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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