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Safe Conveyance of Rare Storm Events

Safe Conveyance of Rare Storm Events

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Two people were swept downstream and died during a catastrophic flash flood that struck Ellicott City, MD, on the evening of July 30, 2016. The infrastructure designed to carry stream flow and storm runoff along Tiber Run, which runs through the historic district, was unable to meet the demands of  … Read More

Extreme Water: Can NOAA’s Predictive Tech Help Avert Disaster?

Extreme Water: Can NOAA’s Predictive Tech Help Avert Disaster?

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Flooding devastated parts of Louisiana last week. Over 20,000 people were rescued from rising waters and thousands of homes have were inundated, forcing more than 10,000 people into shelters. Flooding claimed at least seven lives.
Governor John Bel Edwards called the circumstances a “historic, unprecedented flooding event.” The extreme severity of  … Read More

First There’s the Flood

First There’s the Flood

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Whenever there’s a devastating flood, like the one Louisiana is experiencing now, the media tends to focus—as it should—on the evacuation and rescue efforts, on the deaths or injuries, and eventually on the property damage involved. These are all immediate and vital concerns for the area that’s affected. Something that  … Read More

Hidden Hydrology: Subterranean Groundwater Transfer

Hidden Hydrology: Subterranean Groundwater Transfer

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I’m continually amazed by the way data allows us to “see” things that are otherwise invisible to the human eye—the exploration of cosmic landscapes that no human has ever traveled to, the molecular wonder of microscopic worlds, and recently the unseen places along the US coast where freshwater and seawater  … Read More

Flood Best Practices: Protecting People & Property with GIS

Flood Best Practices: Protecting People & Property with GIS

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At some point, all communities face possible devastation from rising flood waters. And on the front line of the flood response effort are civil engineers inspecting and monitoring flood control systems in order to protect community lives and property. But…at what risk?

Join Ryan Hunsicker and David Totman for a FREE  … Read More

Sharks in the Sewer

Sharks in the Sewer

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Global sea levels are rising at an astonishing rate—a pace that increases with each climbing degree of warmth that our planet experiences. The inevitability of saltwater influx means that in the future, humans will have to rethink, rebuild, and relocate infrastructural systems, potable water sources, and in some cases entire  … Read More



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