Using Data to Predict Coastal Flood Risk

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has developed an online tool that compiles water-level data and storm forecasts to help coastal residents prepare for floods. The Coastal Inundation Dashboard aims to give coastal residents the best chance to survive storm surge and rising water levels. The dashboard displays each water-level station as a turquoise pin on a map of the U.S. Areas with active flood risks are highlighted with pulsing red lines, and users can zoom in on specific locations. Each pinpoint displays the station number, observed water levels, the latest readings for wind speed and barometric pressure, and information on recent and upcoming high tides. The dashboard can also be used for recreation, as fishermen, boaters, and surfers can access the data to determine local tides.

More info here: NextGov.com, Kate Elizabeth Queram

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