Fast, Accurate Forecasts of Coastal Flooding: Enhancing Visualization of Storm Surge Guidance to Support Emergency Managers
Storm surge models must be both fast and accurate to give coastal communities the guidance they need to prepare for and respond to a storm. Perhaps just as important is the need for these forecasts to be visualized in a way that is meaningful and useable by emergency managers.
ADCIRC forecasts are currently visualized using Kalpana, a Python script that converts the model output into formats compatible with commonly-used visualization applications such as ArcGIS and Google Earth. With support from the National Consortium of Data Science (NCDS) and in partnership with North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM), our team has developed a new visualization method that makes use of enhanced topographic resolution along the flooding boundary. This results in modeled storm surge extending farther into estuaries and floodplains, increasing the accuracy of the forecast.
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A Gharagozlou, JC Dietrich, M Overton, A Karanci. “Morphological Modeling of Hatteras Island During Hurricane Isabel.” Environmental, Water Resources and Coastal Engineering Research Symposium, North Carolina State University, 3 March 2017.
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Front, from left to right: Ajimon Thomas, Nelson Tull, and Rosemary Cyriac.
Back, from left to right: Mohammad Innab, Casey Dietrich, Alireza Gharagozlou, and Emerina Kelly.
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