Helping Planners Bridge the Water Gap

What You'll Learn

  • Get an overview of the data modeling and tool development efforts of NOAA's Water Initiative.
  • Discover how selected visualization and analysis tools can be applied to support land use planning decisions.
  • Get information on how future water-management products and services can be developed.

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Water management is an issue that permeates communities large and small. Too much water, too little water, or water of poor quality endangers life, property, economies, and ecosystems. Unfortunately, these threats are intensifying, and risk is difficult to predict. Land-use planning can be an effective tool to address these and other water-related issues. However, successful plans are often predicated on the incorporation of timely, relevant information at a local scale.

Wading through the sea of big data, computational models, and tools at hand can be no easy task, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has come together with all levels of government; academic, non-governmental, and private sector organizations; and stakeholders to implement the NOAA Water Initiative (NWI).

Explore the modeling (featuring the National Water Model) and decision support tool development components of the NWI, and see how information from these tools can facilitate short-term actions and long-term planning to address water-related risks. Learn the elements that are most critical to the decision-making needs of communities and planners, and in what forms this information is most useful.