DataBytes is an NCDS-sponsored lunchtime webinar series that gives our members and the larger data community the chance to discuss the most pressing and interesting issues in data science. Webinars are generally held on the first Wednesday of every month, excluding July. All webinars are easily accessible from the NCDS homepage and from this page.
For the September talk, Casey Dietrich, assistant professor in the CCEE Department at North Carolina State University, will present.
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. In North Carolina, forecasts are generated by a model called ADCIRC and are currently visualized using a Python script that converts the model output into formats compatible with commonly-used visualization applications such as ArcGIS and Google Earth.
In this webinar, Dietrich will highlight the work his team has done in developing a new visualization method that makes use of enhanced topographic resolution along the flooding boundary. The team uses geospatial modeling techniques to process large datasets and provide guidance quickly during storms. The new method results in modeled storm surge extending farther into estuaries and floodplains, increasing the accuracy of the forecast. This new and improved guidance is being shared with North Carolina Emergency Management during the 2017 hurricane season.