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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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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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Tulane Expert Available to Comment on Paris Climate Accord

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Homeowner Flood Insurance Roundtable National Conversation Flood Resilience Dialogue

The roundtable gathered information from a diverse group of flood experts and practitioners to identify decision support tools, research and development investments and data solutions that would help meet the Flood Apex’s program objective of reducing uninsured losses.

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Arkansas Watershed Management Experts Available to Comment on Flooding

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Floods and Hurricanes Predicted with Social Media

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Social media can warn us about extreme weather events before they happen – such as hurricanes, storms and floods – according to new research by the University of Warwick.

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The Future of Coastal Flooding

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Better storm surge prediction capabilities could help reduce the impacts of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes.







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