Development of an Inundation Forecast System for Massachusetts Coastal Waters

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 stateís 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.)