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Envisioning Risk of Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise

NCAR GIS Program BRIGHTE Workshop Series 2018

Event Application - Storm Surge

Flooding associated with hurricane storm surge and sea level rise presents serious threat to many coastal communities in the United States and around the world. Reducing and managing risks from storm surge is challenging due to the complex relationships among the physical, social, and behavioral dimensions of the hazard, the inherent uncertainty in storm surge forecasting and sea level rise prediction. Novel approaches in geospatial visualization of multi-dimensional scientific information provide exciting opportunities to better understand coastal hazards and visually communicate the risks and threats to the public.

The 2018 BRIGHTE workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to embrace an interdisciplinary approach to science of coastal flooding, explore innovating ways to visualize storm surge forecast and sea level rise projections in 2D and 3D GIS environments, and learn about science communication using Story Maps. The workshop will include science presentations, hands-on GIS training on data visualization, group projects on science communication, and a poster session. The hands-on GIS exercises will include:

  • working with probabilistic storm surge forecasts from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center GIS archive, using recent forecast products from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey;
  • exploring questions of spatial scale and uncertainties associated with the sea level rise projections; 
  • working with NetCDF data format and a multi-model ensemble of climate and sea level rise projections; 
  • integrating science and geospatial visualization concepts into Story Maps.

Because the problems of sea level rise and preparedness and response for coastal hazards, such as hurricane-related storm surge affect diverse coastal communities in this country, it is especially important that representatives from all communities are engaged in the sciences, decision-making, and effective risk communication strategies. Students, early career researchers, and faculty, who are interested in applying GIS technology in research and education addressing impacts of coastal flooding, will benefit from attending this workshop. Faculty and students from junior colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic-Serving institutions from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico and the West Coast are encouraged to apply. All selected participants will receive travel support and per diem to attend the workshop.

Application deadline is May 20, 2018.
Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by May 25, 2018.

Questions can be addressed to the workshop organizers: Olga Wilhelmi (olgaw at ucar.edu) and Jennifer Boehnert (boehnert at ucar.edu). The workshop is funded through the NCAR Directorate Diversity Funding Program. 


Tuesday, July 31


6:00 – 6:30


Introductions and workshop goals - Olga Wilhelmi, NCAR


6:30 – 7:30

Poster Session and Reception



Wednesday, August 1

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome remarks - William Mahoney, Director Research Applications Program, NCAR


9:15 - 10:00

Advancements in geovisualization - Brent Chamberlain, Utah State University


10:00- 10:45

Climate change and sea level rise - Claudia Tebaldi, NCAR CGD


10:45 - 11:00

Tea/Coffee Break



Hands-on GIS exercise - Visualization of sea level rise in Google Earth - Brent Chamberlain, Utah State U.



Lunch (FL Cafeteria)


1:00 - 2:00

Hands-on GIS exercise – Intro to ArcGIS Pro - Jennifer Boehnert, NCAR

2:00 - 2:45

Sea level rise data sources and tools for visualization - Greg Dobson, NEMAC



Tea/Coffee Break


3:00 - 4:15

Hands-on GIS exercise – Visualizing Sea Level Rise in ArcGIS Pro - Greg Dobson, NEMAC


4:15 - 5:00

Impacts of SLR on coastal communities or ecosystems - Jill Gambill, University of Georgia


5:00 - 5:10

Wrap up of Day 1



Thursday, August 2

9:00 - 9:15

Check in and goals for Day 2


9:15 - 10:15

Predictability and modeling of storm surge - Chris Davis, NCAR MMM


10:15- 10:30

Discussion about group projects

10:30 - 10:45

Tea/Coffee Break


10:45 - 11:30

NCAR Education and outreach opportunities - Rebecca Haacker, NCAR


11:30 - 12:00

Hands-on GIS exercises - publishing data with ArcGIS Online - Greg Dobson (NEMAC)


12:00 - 1:00

Lunch (FL Cafeteria)


1:00 - 2:00

Storm surge forecast data sources - Taylor Trogdon (NOAA National Hurricane Center)


2:00 - 3:00

Hands-on GIS training – Visualizing Storm Surge – Jennifer Boehnert, NCAR


3:00 - 3:15

Tea/Coffee Break


3:15 - 4:00

Communicating risk of storm surge - Rebecca Morss (NCAR MMM)


4:00 - 5:00

Esri data and resources - Joseph Kerski, Esri


5:00 – 5:10

Wrap up of Day 2



Friday, August 3

9:00 - 9:15

Check in and goals for Day 3


9:15 - 10:15

Communicating science to decision-makers - Joshua Young, Unidata


10:15 - 10:30

Tea/Coffee Break


10:30 - 11:15

Science Communication using Story Maps - Patricia Carbajales, Clemson University


11:15 - 12:15

Hands-on GIS training – Building Story Map, Patricia Carbajales, Clemson University


12:15 - 1:00

Lunch (FL Cafeteria)


1:00 - 3:15

Group projects



Tea/Coffee Break


3:30 - 4:30

Group projects presentations



Workshop wrap up and next steps


Coming soon.

Application deadline is May 20, 2018.
Registration is now closed.

Proj Scientist IV
Sr GIS Coordinator

July 31, 2018 to August 3, 2018

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