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Hurricane Research an Interest for Museum Exhibit Designers

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Abby Sallenger, Bob Weisberg, and Mark Luthe
Above: (Left to right) Abby Sallenger, Bob Weisberg, and Mark Luther present the most recent hurricane information to MOSI exhibit designers in a USF conference room overlooking Tampa Bay.

Exhibit designers from the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, FL, recently met with scientists to learn more about hurricane research. The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) hosted the meeting, at which the exhibit designers met with professors from the University of South Florida (USF)'s College of Marine Science and an oceanographer from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Ironically, the meeting was held on the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, which struck Florida on August 24,1992.

At the meeting, Abby Sallenger (USGS) used the USGS Hurricane and Extreme Storm Impact Studies Web site to describe the relevance of storm research. Members of COSEE, USF, and MOSI were blown away by the devastation shown in aerial photographs taken shortly after the passage of category 4 Hurricane Charley. The most impressive were a photomosaic of the new 450-m-wide breach in North Captiva Island, FL, and a color-infrared photograph of toppled trees that uniformly fell toward the Gulf of Mexico, from which the location of Hurricane Charley's landfall was easy to determine.

Robert Weisberg, a professor at USF, took advantage of the opportunity to showcase model simulations for hurricane surges in the Tampa Bay area. He discussed how a storm surge depends on the direction from which the hurricane approaches.

Mark Luther, an associate professor at USF, discussed the importance of the Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMPS) Web site.

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Hurricane and Extreme Storm Impact Studies
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University of South Florida
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