WIT Press


Development Of An M.I.S. For The Prevention Of Hurricane Damage On The Mexican Coast

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MIS000451

Volume

24

Pages

10

Published

2000

Size

1,325 kb

Author(s)

A. Contreras, R. Silva & G. Diaz

Abstract

This article describes the first stages in the development of an early warning system to alert Mexican authorities of the possible track, intensity and consequences of incoming hurricanes. The MIS was developed to manage the impact of a hurricane, assisting decision-making before and after the event through the forecasting of possible scenarios. Every year over twenty tropical cyclones are generated over the waters surrounding Mexico: 61% in the Pacific Ocean, 39% in the Atlantic. Of these, around four will hit land or pass close by causing tremendous damage to the region economically, ecologically and of course, socially. Along the coast storm surge, surf beat, storm winds and heavy rain may effect the closure of ports even the evacuation of inhabitants. With

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