The risk assessment module refers to understanding & assessing potential risks & harzards associated with living in coastal Louisiana.
The CLEAR Program has developed conceptual diagrams that highlight coastal risks posing the greatest threat to Louisiana's coastal & inland communities. The presence of straight, deep navigation channels, as well as the widespread loss of barrier islands & coastal wetlands are thought to be some of the most significant factors contributing to increased risk of coastal communities.
Storm Surge Dynamics
Understanding storm surge dynamics & the ability to predict impending surge dynamics is vital for planning & preparation in coastal populations. Coastal communities are especially vulnerable during the months of hurricane season, which run from 1 June - 30 November, & it is important to understand & forecast the potential impacts of storm surge associated with impending tropical storms & hurricanes. Using the AdCirc model, the CLEAR Program can simulate the geographic extent & depth of hurricane storm surge & wind speeds associated with hurricanes making landfall near Louisiana.
Visualizing storm surge output may help support decision-making, especially if the output is delivered in an easily accessible & understandable way. For this reason, the CLEAR Program developed a Google Maps API (Application Programming Interface), which is a flexible mapping resource that uses the highly accepted Google Maps user interface. By using the Google Maps API for client side visualization we leverage the advantage of providing a simple, yet powerful user interface, & the availability to use a comprehensive suite of topographical maps & satellite images.
For more information on Risk assessment, view these publications:Grand Challenges in Coastal Resiliency I
Computation of Storm Surge using Two 50 Year Future Projections of the Coastal Louisiana Landscape
The Effect of Coastal Restoration on Flood Risk in Terrebonne Parish