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A Storm Surge and Inundation Model of the Back River Watershed at NASA Langley Research CenterThis report on a Virginia Institute for Marine Science project demonstrates that the sub-grid modeling technology (now as part of Chesapeake Bay Inundation Prediction System, CIPS) can incorporate high-resolution Lidar measurements provided by NASA Langley Research Center into the sub-grid model framework to resolve detailed topographic features for use as a hydrological transport model for run-off simulations within NASA Langley and Langley Air Force Base. The rainfall over land accumulates in the ditches/channels resolved via the model sub-grid was tested to simulate the run-off induced by heavy precipitation. Possessing both the capabilities for storm surge and run-off simulations, the CIPS model was then applied to simulate real storm events starting with Hurricane Isabel in 2003. It will be shown that the model can generate highly accurate on-land inundation maps as demonstrated by excellent comparison of the Langley tidal gauge time series data ( and spatial patterns of real storm wrack line measurements with the model results simulated during Hurricanes Isabel (2003), Irene (2011), and a 2009 Nor'easter. With confidence built upon the model's performance, sea level rise scenarios from the ICCP (International Climate Change Partnership) were also included in the model scenario runs to simulate future inundation cases.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Loftis, Jon Derek
(College of William and Mary Gloucester Point, VA, United States)
Wang, Harry V.
(College of William and Mary Gloucester Point, VA, United States)
DeYoung, Russell J.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
April 14, 2014
Publication Date
October 1, 2013
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 509496.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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