National Water Hazards & Vulnerabilities: Improved Forecasting for Response & Mitigation, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, April 4, 2017   [open pdf - 862KB]

This testimony compilation is from the April 4, 2017 hearing on "National Water Hazards & Vulnerabilities: Improved Forecasting for Response & Mitigation" before the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. From the opening statement of Richard Shelby: "Severe flooding, extended droughts, and dangerous storm surges, among others, threaten communities across our nation. In 2015 and 2016, property damage caused by flooding alone resulted in 105 deaths and an estimated $20.6 billion in losses. Over the same time-period, losses due to drought amounted to $8.1 billion. Improving our ability to predict and forecast these events will help save lives and protect property by allowing emergency managers to better prepare and respond to extreme weather incidents. Collecting water-related data and distributing it in a useable form is an invaluable task--one that takes a collective effort by the federal government, states, and the private sector. Cutting-edge research is needed to advance our current prediction and modeling capabilities. One example of a recent advancement spurred by university research is the unveiling of the National Water Model, which is a predictive tool that simulates water flow across the continental United States. The National Water Model is the product of collaboration between federal agencies and universities to solve a complex problem: tracking water flow across the country to aid local communities and emergency managers in responding to water-related threats." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Louis Uccellini, Antonio Busalacchi, Mary Glackin, and Bryan Koon.

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