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Kara Doran gives presentation at NOAA National Weather Service Rip Current Workshop

Kara Doran gave a presentation on the USGS/NOAA Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast model to a group of National Weather Service forecasters at the NWS Rip Current Workshop. Several forecast offices shared how they are using the experimental model to improve their forecasts of coastal change hazards to the public. 

Screen shot of total water level viewer
Screen shot of Total Water Level Viewer. (Public domain.)

The USGS National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards project is working with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) to combine wave predictions from the Nearshore Wave Prediction System (NWPS) with USGS-derived beach morphology to provide regional weather offices detailed forecasts of wave-induced water levels. The interagency operational model is available at select pilot sites and model forecast can be accessed in the Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast viewer. The viewer includes predictions of the timing and magnitude of water levels at the shoreline and potential impacts to coastal dunes.

The workshop provided a prime opportunity to train forecast offices on the use of the Total Water Level and rip current forecasts.


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