Aachen, March 2016. The first U.S. Water Model for flood forecasting across the United States is going to be built on geospatial technology from Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute, California, USA) and water data analytics from KISTERS (IT specialist for data management and analytics, Germany). The News was released on March 22nd in a White House Water Summit statement. The ultimate goal is identifying at-risk populations, helping inform strategic decision-making and thereby reducing the risk of weather-related deaths and loss. KISTERS will integrate flood-relevant data from local and national sources into the forecast-model, and launch a pilot later this year. Partnering with Esri will result in managed data-processing and spatial-analysis workflows that advance research in streamflow and flood inundation forecasting for 2.7 million stream reaches and 6,600 sub-basins in the U.S. upon full implementation of the model. The combination of forecasts and other pertinent information will be freely available online and visualised through interactive online-mapping applications.
”The National Flood Model brings together the foremost experts in hydrological, meteorological, spatial, and temporal analysis to provide a common operating picture to national, regional, and local emergency agencies and first responders," says Matt Ables, COO at KISTERS North America.
The private sector IT firms will collaborate closely with academia and NOAA to build on the success of the National Flood Interoperability Experiment, a project of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. German partner KISTERS was a logical choice with a proven track-record in flood data analytics and management and an active part in the weather data centre of the European Flood Awareness System.
“Integration of Esri and KISTERS tools has made my dream a reality,” remarks Dr. David Maidment of UT Austin, “It’s enabled us to synthesise isolated data streams and create an online world of open and accessible water data that is significant for flood emergency management operations.” Steve Kopp, Programme Manager at Esri “Esri and KISTERS share a vision of how our combined technologies can be leveraged to address big water issues and we’re excited about the value this initiative provides to the community.”
Driven by climate change, severe weather events are increasing in number and scope worldwide. Consequently they increase population vulnerability. In particular floods cause much damage and lead to fatalities. Preparedness and situational awareness are crucial to protecting lives.
About the White House Water Summit
The White House Water Summit builds on President Obama’s ongoing efforts to position the U.S. as the leader in tackling climate change both domestically and abroad. This public-private partnership enables the federal government to leverage subject matter expertise, innovative technologies, and expanding capabilities to catalyse ideas and solutions that build a sustainable and secure water future in the nation.
Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organisations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities.
KISTERS is a group of fast growing IT companies with 500+ employees headquartered in Aachen, Germany with subsidiaries in North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and several European countries. KISTERS develops leading software solutions for sustainable water, energy and air data analytics and management. Expertise, commitment and branch experience make KISTERS a sought-after partner. KISTERS Global Water Solution is a framework to build adaptive efficient customer solutions based on modern technology and in-depth understanding of branches and markets.