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Reuters uses R to report on surge in coastal flooding in US

As global warming causes sea levels to rise, the risk of flooding for coastal settlements also rises over time. A recent analysis by Reuters find that incidents of coastal flooding along the Eastern seaboard of the United States have surged in recent years as the sea level steadily rises.   Flood levels have been exceeded in six eastern cities by an average of 20 days or more since 2001. The analysis is based on more than 25 million hourly tide-gauge readings compared to flood thresholds set by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As noted by reporter Ryan McNeill on Twitter, the analysis was done in R, after using the Ruby's RinRuby library to download the data from NOAA: @dancow @znmeb I used Ruby to download and process the data, then I fed it into R using this gem: https://t.co/GGgnU5d04b — Ryan McNeill (@McNeill_Tweets) July 10, 2014 Reuters plans to publish a broad examination of rising sea levels later this year. You can read the July 10 article at the link below. Reuters: Exclusive: Coastal flooding has surged in U.S., Reuters finds (via Sharon Machlis)

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

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