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Florida Flood Risk Study Identifies Priorities for Property Buyouts

A study of flood damage in Florida by scientists at UC Santa Cruz and the Nature Conservancy proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions.

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Study Highlights Complex Causes of Maldives Flooding

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The causes of coastal flooding in the Maldives are more complex than previously thought, according to a new study from the University of Southampton.

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“Hindcasting” Study Investigates the Extreme 2013 Colorado Flood

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Using a publicly available climate model, Berkeley Lab researchers “hindcast” the conditions that led to the Sept. 9-16, 2013 flooding around Boulder, Colo. and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more severe than would otherwise have occurred.

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Researchers Receive $2.9 Million for 5-Year Monsoon Study

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Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are at the forefront of a five-year study to measure oceanic and atmospheric conditions and flow patterns of monsoons across the Indian Ocean, in particular Bay of Bengal, to help improve predictive models.

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DHS, DHS Science and Technology Directorate, DHS S&T, Flood, flood sensor, flood apex, IoT, lower colorado river authority, First Responder, first responder tech

Making Flood Forecasting Easier, Faster

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Floods and tornadoes are the deadliest disasters in the world. In the United States alone, approximately 80 lives are lost every year due to flood related incidents. In addition to the loss of lives, the nation loses billions of dollars in property damage and spends billions on recovery and rebuilding efforts every year.

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3-D Models Help Scientists Gauge Flood Impact

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Using one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers—Titan, the 27-petaflop Cray XK7 at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF)—a University of Iowa team performed one of the first highly resolved, 3-D, volume-of-fluid Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) simulations of a dam break in a natural environment. The simulation allowed the team to map precise water levels for actual flood events over time.

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A Simple Solution to Protect Critical Infrastructure

DHS S&T has a solution for stopping flooding in subway tunnels in the form of a giant inflatable plug that will seal them off and stop water from flowing throughout the subway system into stations and other subway lines.

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Hurricane, Hurricane response, Decision Making, Resilience, Decision Support, emergency managers, Flooding, storm mitigation

Newly Transitioned Hurricane Decision Support Platform Gives Emergency Managers More Capabilities

By improving visualization of weather data and information, an Emergency Manager can review the various data sources more efficiently, and HV-X gives emergency managers more tools and capabilities to support their recommendations and decision making.

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Research Finds Seacoast Roads Under New Threat From Rising Sea Level

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Research out of the University of New Hampshire has found that some roads, as far as two miles from the shore, are facing a new hazard that currently cannot be seen by drivers - rising groundwater caused by increasing ocean water levels.

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