779 National Water Model: Providing the Nation with Actionable Water Intelligence

Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Exhibit Hall 3 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Bradford Bates, NOAA, Tuscaloosa, AL; and F. Salas, N. Swain, M. Stone, G. Aggett, E. Clark, and J. Nelson

The National Water Model (NWM) provides national, street-level detail of water movement through time and space. Operating hourly, this flood of Model information offers enormous benefits in the form of water resource management, natural disaster preparedness, and the protection of life and property. The Geo-Intelligence Division at the NOAA National Water Center supplies forecasters and decision-makers with timely, actionable water intelligence through the processing of billions of NWM data points every hour. These datasets include current streamflow estimates, short and medium range streamflow forecasts, and many other ancillary datasets. The sheer amount of NWM data produced yields a dataset too large to allow for direct human comprehension. As such, it is necessary to undergo model data post-processing, filtering, and data ingestion by visualization web apps that make use of cartographic techniques to bring attention to the areas of highest urgency. This poster illustrates NWM output post-processing and cartographic visualization techniques being developed and employed by the Geo-Intelligence Division at the NOAA National Water Center to provide national actionable water intelligence.
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