Predicting the flood before the waters rise
When summer monsoon rains and big storms cross each other’s paths, the result can wreak a lot of damage, especially in busy Southwestern urban areas such as Phoenix. Early warning systems are one way to reduce the chance of such occurrences putting people— particularly those driving in heavy traffic — in danger. Fulton Schools faculty members Margaret Garcia, Mikhail Chester and Giuseppe Mascaro are at work on Flood Aware, a system employing traffic cameras, image processing algorithms and hydraulic models of storm water systems to provide timely warnings about impending urban flooding.
See Also: Researchers turn to technology to help detect when storms will flood Valley streets, ABC15 News-Phoenix, August 22
ASU engineers working on warning system for urban flooding, Fox 10 News-Phoenix, August 1
Engineers Working to Predict Flooding, 3TV/CBS News 5 – Phoenix, July 31