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1 1 End-User Evaluation of the NC-CERA Storm Surge Visualization Tool Jessica Losego Institute for the Environment University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center Collaborators: Carola Kaiser, Jason Fleming, Brian Blanton

2 2 Project Overview Goals of evaluation – Introduce end users to NC-CERA – Demo NC-CERA and gather initial feedback to make improvements, more useful EM’s main job during an event: explain surge, other forecast information to county officials – EMs need easy-to-understand info that fits into their operational process

3 3 Project Relevance Puts Center research into the hands of real-world end users Uses end user feedback to make improvements

4 4 Technical Approach Established during Weather for EM Decision Support project (WxEM) Four step iterative process 1.Baseline 2.Current practices & gaps 3.Prototype 4.Validation

5 5 Establish Baseline and Current Practices End Users – Interviewed 14 county EMs representing 13 counties Made aware of NC-CERA and county visits – State EM – FEMA Region IV – NWS

6 6 Collection methods – Mix of 1-on-1 and group semi-structured interviews – Short survey What does surge mean to you and your county? Demo and feedback on NC-CERA Establish Baseline and Current Practices

7 7 Progress to Date: Preliminary Results Range of feelings on current surge information – Desperate for surge information – “Embarrassed” that he/she isn’t confident in information he/she has and passes along – Low priority for county b/c surge events rare – Fairly comfortable finding information and applying

8 8 Need best guess of surge information 72 hr before landfall – Major operational decision point for evacuation: onset time of tropical storm force winds Multiple ways EMs get surge information – Briefings from local NWS – HURRTRAK – NHC MOM/MEOW products Preliminary Results NWS Briefing Example

9 9 Preliminary Results: NC-CERA Fits operational time scale of needing surge information 72 hr before landfall Visually appealing Provides wave information Rainfall and river flooding info needs to be linked to surge

10 10 Overlay surge info with infrastructure layers Mixed on inundation above MSL vs. ground level – Feel that elected officials and public will be confused either way Preliminary Results: NC-CERA Example: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District.

11 11 Proposed Modifications to NC-CERA Observed rainfall data layer – Allows EM to get sense of rainfall – Most EMs do not know how to get this info NC State Climate Office Obs Feed NWS Radar Rainfall Estimates

12 12 Ability to create a one page text summary of important forecast parameters – NWS Wilmington/WxEM prototype Proposed Modifications to NC-CERA WINDS TROPICAL STORM FORCE BEGIN… EDT FRI 8/24/11 TROPICAL STORM FORCE END…… EDT SAT 8/27/11 HURRICANE BEGIN………………… EDT SAT 8/27/11 HURRICANE END…………………… EDT SAT 8/27/11 COASTAL FLOODING STORM SURGE…………..6 FT STORM TIDE…………….7.5 FT PEAK WINDS STORM TOTAL RAINFALL SURF WIND,TORNADO,INLAND FLOOD, AND COASTAL FLOOD THREAT TIDE INFO

13 13 Variations – Max wind speed – Veer left and right – Maximum radius EMs have a sense of track/intensity errors Available for 2012 season Modification to NC-CERA

14 14 Products: Summary Report Summary report of initial EM feedback to NC- CERA development team – 6 preliminary findings – 8 suggested modifications Working now with development team to make modifications

15 15 Products: Training Training available – Goal: make EMs comfortable using NC- CERA – Instruction guide created to describe features – Online or in person training after modifications

16 16 Looking Forward – Rest of Year 5, Year 6 Work with development team to make proposed modifications for next season Visit with EMs again to demo, train Continue to help with mobile version development Find ways to better integrate NC-CERA data into operational process – Integrated Coastal Hazards Tool

17 17 Jessica Losego UNC Institute for the Environment This material is based upon work supported by the Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence, a US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence under Award Number: 2008-ST-061-ND 0001.


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