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Drones, Supercomputers and Sonar Deployed Against Floods


An aerial drone flying in the rain.

Emerging technologies are being used to flight floods in the U.S.

Credit: www.rcdronenews.com

Emerging technologies are now being used to flight floods in the U.S.

Drones, supercomputers, and sonar that scans deep under water are helping to maintain flood control projects and predict where rivers will breach their banks.

Together, these tools can assemble detailed information in real time, helping emergency managers and people at risk make decisions that can save lives and property.

For example, the National Water Model, which is fueled by supercomputers in Virginia and Florida, assembles data from 5 million miles of rivers and streams nationwide.

Separately, DSS-WISE, a Web-based system developed by researchers at the University of Mississippi, helped forecast the flooding after Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana in 2017.

In addition, flood inspectors monitoring the Mississippi River use smartphones or tablets in the field to input data on water levels and the locations of inoperable flood gates into map-driven forms.

From The Denver Post
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