Development of an Inundation Forecast System for Massachusetts Coastal Waters

PI: Changsheng Chen, UMass - Dartmouth, Robert C Beardsley, WHOI

Project Number:2012-R/RC-127

Start Date:2012-02-01End Date:2015-01-31

Proposal Summary

Coastal flooding in Massachusetts results from heavy rains, high river discharge, tides, wind-propelled waves, and storm surges. Climate change predictions indicate that these events are likely to increase, threatening the state’s built-up coastal areas. With this project, scientists propose to establish an inundation forecast model system based on a well-validated model previously devised for Scituate. The inundation forecast system will be made available to community and state managers and researchers as a component of the Northeast Coastal Ocean Forecast System (NECOFS.)

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