New online tool helps communities prepare for coastal flooding

phys.org | 6/7/2019 | Staff
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If you live along the coast, flooding can endanger lives, property, businesses, and even bring communities and commerce to a standstill. To help people prepare for and manage the effects of coastal flooding, NOAA has brought together data from its over 200 coastal water level stations into one easy-to-use web tool.

The Coastal Inundation Dashboard brings together real-time water level information, 48-hour forecasts of water levels, storm surge and historic flooding information into one online tool to help decision makers as well as coastal residents understand both short-term risks such as an approaching hurricane or nor'easter, as well as longer-term risks like high tide flooding and sea level rise. Boaters and fishermen can even use the tool to get their latest local tides.

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"The Coastal Inundation Dashboard, like OceanReports and other National Ocean Service online tools, brings vast amounts of NOAA's data together to benefit businesses and communities that drive our nation's blue economy," said Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director of NOAA's National Ocean Service. "In one easy to use and comprehensive website, local emergency managers and coastal communities can more easily monitor water levels and make decisions before, during and after a storm to ensure they are more resilient to coastal flooding."

There are a few common sources of coastal inundation—water that is above normally dry ground as a...
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