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Flash Flood Summit at National Water Center

September 26, 2014

HMT participated in the Flash Flood Summit held at NOAA’s new National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The summit was held on September 9-11 and included over 50 participants from NOAA, US Geological Survey (USGS), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Center for Atmospheric Research, universities, representatives from the emergency management community, and other regional stakeholders.

The purpose of the two and a half day summit was to develop a set of requirements for the next generation of flash flood products and services, including observations and monitoring, modeling, forecasting and characterization, and communication. In addition to developing stakeholder requirements, one of the important outcomes of the summit was a better understanding and appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of the different agencies involved in forecasting and/or responding to flash flooding.

National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Contact: Rob Cifelli

The National Water Center is NOAA’s contribution to the Integrated Water Resource Science and Services (IWRSS) partnership between the USGS, USACE, and NOAA. FEMA will be joining the IWRSS consortium in the near future. The National Water Center is located on the University of Alabama campus and will eventually house over 200 NOAA, USGS, and ACE employees.