Climate Impact Visualization Tools using 3D City for Community-Based Planning and Outreach

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-14-CN-0100
Agency Tracking Number: 13-2-037
Amount: $400,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.3
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-03
Small Business Information
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
 Senior Research Scientist
 (301) 294-4253
 jhenriksson@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts and Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To build a climate-smart and resilient nation, we need to foster a climate-literate public that understands its vulnerabilities to a changing climate and makes informed decisions. A core component of this challenge is to develop simple, intuitive and high-impact visualizations of climate data--data that is and will be made available through the President’s Climate Data Initiative--for education and outreach activities. Intelligent Automation Inc., together with Center for GIS (Towson University), is developing the Virtual 3D City Communication and Outreach Management System (COMS) Web portal. The Web portal will be home to education and outreach products created from visualizing existing storm surge and coastal inundation datasets from climate models (e.g. SLOSH, ADCIRC) in the popular Unity game engine. We are developing a flexible Unity SDK plugin that can create virtual 3D city models for any coastal town from USGS elevation data, point cloud LiDAR data and crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap data. Using our COMS portal, local planners and communities can visualize scientifically computed water levels in Unity to understand the effect of the storm surges and inundation. The visualizations can be recorded and distributed through social media to communicate and educate communities and policy makers about coastal area vulnerabilities and climate-preparedness.

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