Related Research Areas
Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems, Water & Energy Cycles

The overall goal of the proposed effort will be to demonstrate the efficacy of employing high resolution satellite imagery to improve coastal inundation models that are presently employed by NOAA (NWS and NOS), USACE, and FEMA, and those state-of-the-art coastal and estuarine models that are under development and will soon be applied operationally. As a result, satellite imagery will be shown to break new ground for wetting/drying algorithm verification and overall model validation. Because of the unique approach taken with satellite imagery, model validation will be possible for water surface elevations and the extent of the wetting front over large expanses with significant spatial and temporal variations. In addition, satellite imagery will be used to assess the morphology of and characterize frictional properties for barrier islands with respect to coastal circulation modeling. It is expected that high resolution satellite imagery will be established as a key community resource for improving and assessing coastal and estuarine models. This proposal is designed to extend Earth science research results to decision-making activities in Disaster Management in particular and Water Resources in general. The work will directly address the second Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) Governors’ Action Plan call for improvements in storm surge and inundation modeling. In addition, the end result will directly benefit wetland and coastal conservation restoration (including sediment management) under the Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts as blueprint for actions. Finally, by making hydrodynamic models more robust, this proposed effort will result in better transport models, which will ultimately lead to enhanced water quality for healthy beaches and shellfish beds.

Project PI: Scott Hagen/University of Central Florida

4000 Central Florida Boulevard Civil and Environmental Engineering ENGR2, Room 211 Orlando, Florida 32816-2450 Civil and Environmental Engineering

Phone:  (407) 823-3903

Fax: (407) 823-3315



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