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Data Supporting: "Economic Damages from Hurricane Sandy Attributable to Sea Level Rise Caused by Anthropogenic Climate Change"

  • 1. Rutgers University, Climate Central
  • 2. Climate Central
  • 3. Tufts University, Potsdam Institute
  • 4. Rutgers University
  • 5. USACE
  • 6. Vrije Universiteit
  • 7. Stevens Institute of Technology
  • 8. Binera, Inc.; Stevens Institute of Technology


Code supporting Strauss et al. (2020) submitted to Nature Communications. If you use any original data from this archive, please cite the study as:

B. H. Strauss, P. Orton, K. Bittermann, M. K. Buchanan, D. M. Gilford, R. E. Kopp, S. Kulp, C. Massey, H. de Moel, S. Vinogradov, 2020: Economic Damages from Hurricane Sandy Attributable to Sea Level Rise Caused by Anthropogenic Climate Change. Nature Communications. (under review, Dec. 2020)

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Included are Input, Output, and Source files (compressed) used in the publication; data files are primarily in txt, csvxlsx, and mat formats. In the absence of a MATLAB license, mat files may be read with open access software such as SciPy. Code supporting this publication may be found at

Archived Data Short Descriptions:

  • INPUT -- Input semi-empirical model, hydrodynamic, and observational data files used to create distributions/analyses in this study.
    • 8518750_meantrend.csv: The Battery, NY monthly mean sea levels and trends/uncertainty, accessed from on 29 July 2020.
    • CMIP5 semi-empirical model analyses for each individual model and scenarios (historical and counterfactual), and index files for reference.
    • HadCRUT4 semi-empirical model analyses for each individual HadCRUT4 scenario (historical and counterfactuals)
    • Dangendorf2019_GMSL.txt: Monthly mean global mean sea level rise from Dangendorf et al. (2019).
    • Also included are datum information, block damages (/damage/ directory), hydrodynamic simulations (/simulations_july_2016/ directory),  and additional auxiliary files required to run the accompanying repository analyses.
  • OUTPUT -- Code outputs supporting this publication
    • fig1_data.mat: Quick access source data file which may be used to recreate Fig. 1 in the manuscript
    • SEanalysis.mat: The full output semi-empirical model analyses in this study
    • summary_samps.mat: Summary/ensemble analyses in this study
  • SOURCE -- Individual source data files for each Figure (1, 2, 3a-b), Table (1-2), Supplementary Figure (S1-4), and Supplementary Table (S1-6) in this study.
    • Included is a readme.txt with full descriptions of source data files.

We acknowledge funding from NSF grant ICER-1663807, NASA grant 80NSSC17K0698, 


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  • Dangendorf, S., Hay, C., Calafat, F.M. et al. Persistent acceleration in global sea-level rise since the 1960s. Nat. Clim. Chang. 9, 705–710 (2019).
  • Kopp, Robert. (2013). Does the mid-Atlantic United States sea level acceleration hot spot reflect ocean dynamic variability?. Geophysical Research Letters. 40. 10.1002/grl.50781