Nicole Casamassina


Hurricane Harvey was one of the most destructive and costliest hurricanes to ever make landfall on the Texas coast and one of the many tropical cyclones that impacted the United States during the 2017 North Atlantic Hurricane Season. In recent years, emergency managers and researchers have been using hurricane risk and vulnerability analyses developed through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to make informed decisions on different aspects of community and regional preparedness when a tropical cyclone is forecasted to impact an area. Though there are many ways to quantify risk and vulnerability, this project uses the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazards-US Multi-Hazards (HAZUS) GIS extension to estimate and illustrate the physical, economic, and social losses associated with tropical cyclone impacts along the Texas coast. There are numerous ways to quantify the risks associated with tropical cyclones using GIS, most of which focus on one of the three hazards involved in hurricane impact: extreme winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge. My master’s thesis will address this shortcoming by focusing on all three hazards and modelling the physical, economic, and social losses in locations in Texas that were caused by Hurricane Harvey. The results of this study will be compared to risk analyses developed by government agencies to seek way to improve current mitigation strategies in the region.

Selected Publications

Data Releases:

Casamassina, N.A., Welk, R.J., Finkelstein, J.S., Monti, Jack Jr., Simonson, A.E., Cartwright, R.A., Behrens, R.R., Holewinski, S.A., 2018, Bathymetric and tidal discharge data for Wilderness Breach, Fire Island National Seashore, Long Island, NY, May 14, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


B.S. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (May 2017), Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences – Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY


Petra M. Udelhofen Memorial Scholarship Award (May 2016)

Stony Brook University Dean’s List (Spring 2015; Fall 2015; Fall 2016)

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Frauenfeld


Student Trainee Hydrologist [Pathways Program] (December 2016 – Present)

United States Geological Survey New York Water Science Center; Coram, NY

Summer Student Intern (June 2018 – August 2018)                                               

NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, Ocean Prediction Center; College Park, MD       

Student Volunteer (September 2016 – December 2016)                                                          

National Weather Service New York, New York Weather Forecast Office; Upton, NY

Student Volunteer (May 2016 – August 2016)                                                                              

United States Geological Survey New York Water Science Center; Coram, NY


Conference Presentations:

Analysis of Geographic Vulnerability of Areas Impacted by Hurricanes and Tropical Storms During the North Atlantic Hurricane Season Using GIS

  • Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Symposium at Stony Brook University, 25 April 2017, Poster Presentation
  • Northeastern Storm Conference, 10-12 March 2017, Paper Presentation

Evaluation of Hurricane Preparedness in New Jersey

  • Long Island GIS Conference, 16 November 2016, Poster Presentation and Lightning Talk
  • Tri-State Weather Conference, 1 October 2016, Poster Presentation
  • Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Symposium at Stony Brook University, 27 April 2016, Poster Presentation
  • Northeastern Storm Conference, 4-6 March 2016, Poster Presentation

Professional Associations:

American Association of Geographers, Student Member (2018 – Present)       

Golden Key National Honor Society (2018 – Present)                                         

American Meteorological Society, Student Member (2013 – Present)

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