Establishing the Application of High Resolution Satellite Imagery to Improve Coastal and Estuarine Models

PI: Scott C. Hagen (University of Central Florida)

Co-PI: John Weishampel (University of Central Florida)

Co-PI: Reza Khanbilvardi, Marouane Temimi & Hosni Ghedira (NOAA/ Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center)

Co-PI: Jesse C. Feyen & Frank Aikman III (NOAA /NOS/ Coast Survey Development Laboratory)

Co-PI: Pedro J. Restrepo (NOAA/NWS/Office for Hydrological Development)

Co-PI: Dave Reed (NOAA/NWS/Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center)

The overall goal of the proposed effort will be to demonstrate the efficacy of employing high resolution satellite imagery to improve coastal inundation models that are presently employed by NOAA (NWS and NOS), USACE, and FEMA, and those state-of-the-art coastal and estuarine models that are under development and will soon be applied operationally. As a result, satellite imagery will be shown to break new ground for wetting/drying algorithm verification and overall model validation. Because of the unique approach taken with satellite imagery, model validation will be possible for water surface elevations and the extent of the wetting front over large expanses with significant spatial and temporal variations. In addition, satellite imagery will be used to assess the morphology of and characterize frictional properties for barrier islands with respect to coastal circulation modeling. It is expected that high resolution satellite imagery will be established as a key community resource for improving and assessing coastal and estuarine models.

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