The CI-Flow Project: A System for Total Water Level Prediction from the Summit to the Sea
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS DETACHMENT STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS OCEANOGRAPHY DIV
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The objective of the Coastal and Inland Flooding Observation and Warning CI-FLOW project is to prototype new hydrometeorologic techniques to address a critical NOAA service gap routine total water level predictions for tidally influenced watersheds Since February 2000, the project has focused on developing a coupled modeling system to accurately account for water at all locations in a coastal watershed by exchanging data between atmospheric, hydrologic, and hydrodynamic models. These simulations account for the quantity of water associated with waves, tides, storm surge, rivers, and rainfall, including interactions at the tidalsurge interface. Within this project, Cl-FLOW addresses the following goals 1 apply advanced weather and oceanographic monitoring and prediction techniques to the coastal environment 2 prototype an automated hydrometeorologic data collection and prediction system 3 facilitate interdisciplinary and multi-organizational collaborations and 4 enhance techniques and technologies that improve actionable hydrologichydrodynamic information to reduce the impacts of coastal flooding Results are presented for Hurricane Isabel 2003, Hurricane Earl 20I0, and Tropical Storm Nicole 2010 for the Tar -Pamlico and Neuse River basins of North Carolina. This area was chosen, in part, because of the tremendous damage inflicted by Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd 1999 The vision is to transition CI-FLOW research findings and technologies to other U.S. coastal watersheds.