Details

Center Coastal Resilience Center (CRC)
Keyword
  • Inundation
  • Storm Surge
  • Hurricane
  • Mitigation
  • Emergency Management
Documents
Link
Website http://coastalresiliencecenter.unc.edu/
Contact Rick Luettich

Overview

The ADvanced CIRCulation (ADCIRC) storm surge and inundation model is helping the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other end users get people and property out of the way of life-threatening storm surges with highly accurate predictions of a storm's impacts. ADCIRC combines rain, atmospheric pressure, and wind forecasts to predict when, where, and to what extent flooding will inundate a coastal community with greater precision than other available models. This enables decision-makers to identify which locations to evacuate as a storm approaches and to plan for mitigation and response before severe storms occur. 

 "YOUR ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF A USER-FRIENDLY STORM SURGE MODEL HAS BEEN INVALUABLE TO THE COAST GUARD. THE FIDELITY OF YOUR MODEL GIVES THE COAST GUARD A DEFENSIBLE METHOD OF DETERMINING HIGH-RISK AREAS DURING MAJOR WEATHER EVENTS."
R.C. PARKER, VICE ADMIRAL 
U.S. COAST GUARD

ADCIRC is used to inform nearshore marine operations, predict hurricane storm surge and flooding, model oil spill movement in nearshore areas, model tides and wind-driven water circulation, and model the impact of potential sea level rise on coastal communities.