his webinar focused on how to effectively communicate coastal climate risks to homeowners, businesses and governments in order to make them better prepared and more resilient to floods. The panel addressed tidal and storm flood issues, as well as sea-level rise and the use of innovative data tools to predict and prepare for extreme weather events in coastal communities. Panelists included Heidi Stiller with NOAA, Keren Bolter with Coastal Risk Consulting and Peter Williams with IBM.
While there exists a wealth of broad-scale climate science relating to coastal vulnerability, there’s also an urgent need to “downscale” this information and translate it to real-time recommendations that residents and businesses can actually use. Toward that end, the webinar panelists will discuss new technologies emerging on the Cloud, the Internet of Things and geospatial modeling that allow stakeholders to access National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data right down to the parcel level, including dimensions such as flood days per year and flood depth.