Climate Impact Visualization Tools Using Virtual 3D City for Community Based Planning and Outreach

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-13-CN-0083
Agency Tracking Number: 13-037
Amount: $95,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.3.1R,C
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2013-1
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855-2737
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jakob Henriksson
 Research Scientist
 (301) 294-4253
 jhenriksson@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Intelligent Automation, Inc. proposes an innovative visualization tool that transforms online GIS mappers into a climate impact assessment and planning tool that allows planners to visualize the impact of storm surges with sea level rise and coastal erosion using a 3D virtual city. The goal is to assist planners and emergency services to adapt to climate change at three tiers: i) Tier 3 (Long-term Planning & Near-term Mitigation): facilitate city planning, zoning, and building code decisions, and mitigation plans such as levees and barriers for existing structures, ii) Tier 2 (Readiness): facilitate in developing mitigations actions to minimize the extent of material damage from a forecast weather even within 120 hours of landfall, and iii) Tier 1 (Response): establish a community-based tiered communication mechanism (built on the top Commercial Mobiles Alert System (CMAS)/Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) systems) to plan for efficient use of limited emergency service resources within 48 hours of storm landfall. Key features are: the use of Unity 3D Game Engine based visualization, integration with SLOSH generated storm surge data, coastal inundation model, and community based outreach tool.

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