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StormSense Project (City of Newport News, City of Norfolk, City of Virginia Beach, City of Hampton, City of Portsmouth, City of Chesapeake, City of Williamsburg, York County)

StormSense Project (City of Newport News, City of Norfolk, City of Virginia Beach, City of Hampton, City of Portsmouth, City of Chesapeake, City of Williamsburg, York County)

An inundation forecasting research initiative to enhance emergency preparedness for flooding resulting from storm surge, rain, and tides.

Project milestone

Deployed

Idea Complete
Prototype Complete
In Development
Deployed
Commercialized

Impact statement

Project Description:
• Use flood modeling to address multiple-flood types to determine probable areas at risk of inundation by utilizing bridge-mounted ultrasonic and microwave radar water level sensors alongside crowd-sourced data collection, verified by post-flood analysis
• Use new state-of-the-art high resolution hydrodynamic models driven with atmospheric model weather predictions to forecast flooding from storm surge, rain, and tides at the street-level scale to improve disaster preparedness


Major Requirements:
• Determine applicable models best suited to local conditions
• Beginning with tidal/surge modeling, conduct local verification of models vs. “ground truth”
• Determine locations for additional sensors and types
• Utilize the existing WiFi connectivity for sensors, and alerting systems
• Recruit/train local personnel to take real-time readings to update the forecasting
• Expand the program to neighboring jurisdictions, then regionally via a Long-Term Predictive Modeling Plan for local, regional, national, and global applications.


Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Success Metrics:
• Verify the accuracy of the VIMS TideWatch predictions with post-storm analysis
• Statistical analysis of forecasts vs. time issued, actual flood area and depth.
• Emergency response-time analytics during upcoming flood scenarios
• Verify the accuracy of the multi-flood type models with post-storm analysis with future goals are to improve prediction of flood depths and extents by 10% between stages 2 and 3


Projected Impacts:
• Predicts the timing of flooding and flooded evacuation routes
• Aids in rerouting emergency routes for public safety
• Saves lives and reduces property damage
• Identified future mitigation projects


Replicability, Scalability, and Sustainability:
• Expand the program and modeled areas to neighboring jurisdictions
• Then expand regionally via a Long-Term Predictive Modeling Plan for local, regional, national, and global applications
• For more on project approach, please visit: http://stormsense.com/


Partners:
• Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary (VIMS)
• Christopher Newport University
• State of VA, Department of Health
• Wetlands Watch

Acknowledgements

Elizabeth Mayo
Verizon Wireless
Managing Partner