A Web-based, Interactive, Long-range Hydrologic Forecast Tool for the Western U.S.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$95,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DG133R06CN0162
Agency Tracking Number:
NOAA 06-17
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.2.5
Solicitation Number:
NOAA-2006-1
Small Business Information
3Tier Environmental Forecast Group, Inc.
2001 6th Avenue, Suite 2100, Seattle, WA, 98121
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Bart Nijssen
 Director of R & D
 (206) 325-1573
 bnijssen@3tiergroup.com
Business Contact
 Pascal Storck
Title: President
Phone: (206) 325-1573
Email: pstorck@3tiergroup.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Water resource managers must translate uncertain information about the future into operational decisions that can have large public safety, economic and ecological impacts. Seasonal forecasts of climate and hydrology can be an important tool in assisting managers in their decision making process. However, studies evaluating the utility of seasonal forecasts have repeatedly identified the lack of additional interpretation and the lack of verification information as barriers to more widespread use of seasonal forecasts in the water resources sector. The focus of this Phase I proposal is the development of a web-based query and visualization tool for the Columbia River Basin that will enable the user to visualize past, current and future hydrologic conditions and to create place and time specific, long range hydrologic forecasts, including verification information. This provides a level of customization, interactivity, and accountability that is currently not offered by any web-based long-range forecasting tool.

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