Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Degree Name

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)



NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. School of Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Christopher J. Brown

Second Advisor

Dr. Don T. Resio

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul Eason

Department Chair

Dr. Murat M. Tiryakioglu

College Dean

Dr. Mark A. Tumeo


“Economic damage, such as damage to property and infra-structure, from hurricane surges depends on two factors 1) the depth of coastal inundation and 2) the area covered by the surge” (Irish et. al 2007). Typically, damage estimates are developed after hurricanes have dissipated. To have the ability to predict hurricane damage in advance based upon various physical parameters would be a technical advance that could aid vulnerable coastal communities with hurricane planning. This thesis advances this goal forward by relating “Total Normalized Damage” to “Surge Scale” along with other key parameters. In this thesis Total Normalized Damages are compared to Surge Scale in three statistically significant ways: Un-separated Comparison, Separated Comparison and Separated Comparison without “micro-canes”. An attempt at the surge damage function has been presented in this thesis as a cornerstone of the research work contained herein. This thesis also examines the effect of different damage components and their uncertainties on Total Normalized Damage. Such damage estimates include wind damage, surge damage, and inland flooding, which were separated into individual damage categories.