Oceanographer presents USGS coastal-flood-forecasting tool
Oceanographer Juliette Finzi Hart of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center was invited by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to provide an overview of the USGS Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) at the 2019 California Transportation Planning Conference in San Diego.
CoSMoS forecasts coastal flooding under a range of storm intensities and sea-level rise scenarios. Finzi Hart’s presentation, "Visualizing Our Coast Under a Changing Climate," showed how CoSMoS can be used to support local, regional, and statewide transportation planning in coastal regions. She focused on the CoSMoS team’s work with partners to make USGS data easily accessible and understandable. The conference helps transportation decision-makers exchange ideas and learn about emerging trends and advancements in transportation planning from national, state, and local experts.
CoSMoS 3.0 for southern California provides detailed predictions of coastal flooding due to both future sea-level rise and storms, integrated with predictions of long-term coastal evolution (beach changes and coastal cliff retreat) for the Southern California region, from Point Conception (Santa Barbara County) to Imperial Beach (San Diego County).
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions of storm-induced coastal flooding, erosion, and cliff failures over large geographic scales. CoSMoS was developed for hindcast studies, operational applications and future climate scenarios to provide emergency responders and coastal planners with critical storm-hazards information that can be used to increase public safety...
Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF) is a collaborative, user-driven project focused on providing California coastal resource managers and planners locally relevant, online maps and tools to help understand, visualize, and anticipate vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storms.