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Regional Storm Surge and Inundation Model Testbed for SECOORA (RSSIMT) is a community approach to advance coastal hazard science. It will facilitate the transition from research and development (R&D) to operations by federal/state/county agencies of storm surge and coastal inundation models developed or in use by academic institutions. The Testbed will validate, compare, and integrate existing R&D storm surge and inundation modeling activities in the SECOORA region and explore ways to provide potential enhancements to existing hazard maps for emergency management and planning. Having experienced the highest number of hurricanes in the U.S., the SECOORA region (NC, SC, GA, and FL) has four leading academic storm surge modeling groups: UF (P. Sheng), UNC (R. Luettich), USF (R. Weisberg), and NCSU (L. Xie) each with their own models and approaches to modeling storm surge and inundation.

The goal of the Testbed is to enhance the U. S. storm surge and inundation modeling capabilities, establish a common standard for storm surge and inundation modeling, bridge the gap between the leading academic storm surge modelers and the operational agencies, and further improve inundation maps, e.g. surge atlas and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), for emergency management and planning

Major objectives of this project are to:

  1. Produce an interoperable Testbed for comparing storm surge models, building upon the existing modeling and cyberinfrastructure expertise in the SECOORA region, in coordination with federal agencies (FEMA and NOAA) and State Emergency Managers;
  2. Establish a panel of experts and users to enable objective scientific model validation and comparison;
  3. Objectively and critically compare the results from four storm surge models with SLOSH using past hurricane data in the SECOORA region to arrive at matrix of model quality and performance standards as well as data needs;
  4. Produce inundation maps using different models for comparison with those currently produced by federal agencies;
  5. Provide results of model-data/model-model comparison in relation to the inundation maps to facilitate potential improvements in these maps or enabling new products by federal agencies and Emergency Managers through a web portal;
  6. Nurture synergistic collaborations with other regional and national activities including Southeastern Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction (SCOOP) Program, the NWS-NIST Storm Surge Testbed being planned, and SURAgrid.

Project summary in PDF format can be viewed here

A Workshop on Comparing and Improving Storm Surge and Inundation Models and Products at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida on June 23-24, 2008 was the first expert/stakeholder panel meeting.

The Second Workshop on Comparing and Improving Storm Surge and Inundation Models and Products was held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida on May 5-6, 2009.