Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Dixon, Grady P.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Geosciences


Hurricanes strike the coast along the Gulf of Mexico and eastern seaboard of the United States annually. With each hurricane that makes landfall there is potential for significant damage and destruction with the majority of coastal devastation occurring from storm surge. It is accepted that hurricane strength, classified byt the Saffir-Simpson scale, and storm surge height are directly proportional. However, this scale my prove to be a false representation of surge height, especially according to location of landfall. This study will discuss the correlation between category 2, and greater, hurricanes and corresponding storm surge heights between the Gulf Coast and Atlantic coast. Through this research it shows that there is a variation in storm surge height between regions, concluding that the Gulf Coast is prone to higher surge heights than the Atlantic for like-category storms.



storm surge||coast influences on surge