In response to Sandy, Congress passed the Sandy Supplemental (Public Law 113-2), which provides funding to NOS for mapping, charting, geodesy, modeling, marine debris, preparedness, resiliency, and coastal recovery technical assistance. Funds also support repairs to facilities and coastal observing infrastructure, as well as new capacity-building projects. These supplemental funds are not limited to supporting post-Sandy rebuilding and recovery—the funds enable us to better prepare for future extreme weather events and plan for long-term coastal resilience. The lessons learned from Sandy provide an opportunity to improve how we do business so that coastal U.S. communities are better positioned to handle the next storm. The following is a compilation of projects, activities, and efforts now underway.
We are working to create a more resilient coastal zone by improving preparation, response, and recovery from challenges to coastal communities and ecosystems. These activities ensure we provide citizens, planners, emergency managers, and other decision makers with the reliable information they need when they need it.
Developing the next generation Storm Surge Model, coupled with more robust coastal observations, will improve capabilities for predicting and visualizing the impacts of storm surge on coastal communities, transition to operations of the storm surge modeling system, and enable better warnings that people understand.
Integrating and connecting mapping efforts from offices across NOS will ensure our maps are as useful and data-rich as possible to support a wide variety of decision makers and future disaster response scenarios.
Enhanced Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps create visual images of sensitive coastal habitats that are critical to coastal management decisions and for reducing the impact of future coastal disasters.
Creating better infrastructure will ensure that NOAA is better prepared to handle the next event.
Did you know?
A hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical or subtropical waters.