The specific goals of this project are the development and testing of visual analytics software to enable scientists and forecasters to better interpret and distribute hydrologic information. This software will be useful in the research community as an interpretation tool for river level and flood data. The tools developed will also serve as a useful platform for hydrologic forecasters within the National Weather Service to more quickly and accurately determine areas at risk for flooding and allow NOAA river forecasters to better visualize the extent of flooding. Additionally, these tools will also allow forecasters to relay more information to the emergency management community while issuing forecasts to help protect lives, property and the nation.

This custom tool is being developed by visualization researchers at Mississippi State University in partnership with the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, who are providing the expert advice. Among many of its features is its ability to fly-over a high-resolution 3D terrain of the geographic extent of the simulation.

View a FloodViz interactive visualization (207 MB)

Visualization of flood inundation for the Pascagoula River in 2011. Data provided by LMRFC.
Yellow lines indicate the cross sections and extent of the HEC-RAS model.
Water surface is colored by water surface depth (water surface elevation - terrain elevation).