NASA Expert Discusses Coastal Flooding Challenges

At the Climate Data Initiative launch at the White House Wednesday, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan announced the inclusion of a new challenge focused on coastal flooding, developed by NASA and NOAA, and based on federal cross-agency data.

The Coastal Inundation in Your Community challenge is one of four climate-related challenges using data provided by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The challenge encourages entrepreneurs, technologists, and developers to create and deploy data-driven visualizations and simulations that will help people understand their exposure to coastal-inundation hazards and other vulnerabilities.

“Solutions developed through this challenge could have many potential impacts,” said Stofan. “This includes helping coastal businesses determine whether they are currently at risk from coastal inundation, and whether they will be impacted in the future by sea level rise and coastal erosion.”

Press Release, March 21, 2014

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