Coastal Inundation in Your Community

2014 Challenge

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    #earth, #coastalinundation


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    Citizen Science, Data Visualization, Model

    Challenge Description

    Coastal communities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the risk of damage and danger from flooding. We only have to remember the recent impact of Hurricane Sandy on communities in the northeast to see the potential damage that a single storm can cause. Your challenge is to create tools and provide information so communities can prepare for coastal inundation. Through the use of data, visualization, citizen engagement, and simulations, you can help people understand their exposure to coastal inundation hazards and their increased vulnerability due to population increase and sea level rise.

    Here are some ways your tool could be used:

    · Help coastal businesses determine if they are currently at risk from coastal inundation and if they will be impacted in the future due to sea level rise and coastal erosion;

    · Help coastal communities determine if they are in an existing or future floodplain.

    · Identify the potential impacts of future coastal inundation risks to Federal facilities;

    · Help coastal communities visualize the impacts from coastal inundation on their most vulnerable locations and populations; and

    · Use data gathered by citizens to measure the effects of coastal inundation, coastal erosion, and sea level rise at specific coastal locations. Compare the results to satellite data and models of expected impacts.


    Coastal inundation is the flooding of normally dry, low-lying coastal land, primarily caused by severe weather events along the coast, estuaries, and adjoining rivers. These flood events are some of the more frequent, costly, and deadly hazards that can impact coastal communities. You can see the basics about coastal inundation at this site:

    In order to prepare for coastal inundation, decision makers and citizens need to understand the potential risks and plan ahead. This link provides background about preparedness: Other tools, like the Coastal County Snapshots - Flood Exposure tool, let users see county-specific data for a coastal county of interest.

    Many datasets are now available from the Federal Government that illustrate the hazards of coastal inundation. In the spring of 2014, as part of the Climate Data Initiative, the Federal Government will bring together datasets that relate to coastal vulnerability and future climate impacts on flooding and make them available on , planned for March 19, 2014. The data will come from agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Geological Survey (USGS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Department of Defense (DOD). The goal is to leverage data to stimulate innovation and private sector entrepreneurship to advance the preparedness of communities, companies and citizens for the immediate impacts of coastal inundation and future flood risk. The Climate Data Initiative will later expand to include other climate risks and impacts such as heat waves and droughts.

    Solution Ideas

    Here are some ways for you to frame this solution:

    · Retrieve data about coastal inundation, sea level rise, or coastal erosion, and social and economic vulnerability from the federal government sources below;

    · Present or visualize data that shows potential coastal inundation in a specific community; and

    · Enable citizens to gather data about coastal inundation, for example, the condition of evacuation routes, the sources of response and resilience as well as vulnerability in their neighborhoods, the community landmarks, venues, and businesses that could be affected by floods. This could be done in partnership with community mapping platforms, for example, or with your local community service organizations or government which will allow users to compare to data from citizen scientists, satellites, and models.

    Sample Resources

  • The following projects are solving this challenge:

    • Amazon Coastal Inundation

      O projeto pretende analisar os impactos econômicos e sobre a população das inundações costeiras na área da foz dos rios Tocantins e Amazonas. A análise será feita pela projeção do aumento do nível do oceano atlántico sobre o relevo do litoral e região metropolitanas. Visit Project


      Mon projet se fera en deux volets: Une première qui est de mettre en place une application mobile et web à portée de la population pour recueillir des informations par rapport aux zones d'innondation precoce La deuxième etudié cette statistique en creant une autre application qui au moment ven... Visit Project

    • inondation pre-event

      The project is targeting floodplains and provide all the houses in this area a sump or tank capable of holding almost all the quantities of water that can befall the area. To be doing surveys should be conducted by NASA satellites should provide this information to the hydraulic unit dealing wit... Visit Project

    • Storm Tide Dashboard

      Prototype will focus on Broward County, Florida, USA (Fort Lauderdale) for its size, shape, location, and data availability. This is subject to change. The project code and information will be hosted and available at Dashboard Items ----------------- + Dynamic map wi... Visit Project

    • Alert Inundation !

      This project aims to prevent, in the first, people on inundation risk zone and a second time serves educational platform for why some area geologically are often inundated. Visit Project

    • Coastal Inundation with ANN

      In this project, we aimed to make a desicion mechanism which is able to make correct decision's about an area's risk of coastal inundation. As method, we've used artficial intelligence.We've written artficial neural network codes in C++. We've used previous resource's datas for training set. The ... Visit Project

    • CoastMate

      Living in the shore of Bay of Bengal we have been experiencing the crude impacts of environmental hazards for long enough. We understand, some pieces of information can save thousand of lives. This is our effort to people inhabiting all the coastal areas in the earth, so that they can get the bes... Visit Project

    • StayAlert

      This app aims to alert people of the incoming floods, or any sea level changes. It also helps people who are under any danger of cunami, storms, hurricanes and tsunamis. App will tell you the exact safe route to shelter via apps mobiles, web, SMS or Call. You can see app simulation to andr... Visit Project

    • Hazard Pinger

      This project is aimed at safeguarding lives and properties. Getting people informed about approaching weather hazard and suggesting the best way out for them. Visit Project

    • urbansim integration with

      UrbanSim is an open source urban development simulation system. It is most widely used tool for land use and transportation planning and modeling by planning agencies. Online access to the UrbanSim platform, with simplified interface and model setup to use climate and flooding data and prognosis... Visit Project

    • Flood Alerter

      Still to come Visit Project

    • Weather Hazard Notifer

      Still to come Visit Project

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