Decision Support System Sends Extreme Weather Warnings


"Dubai launched its De­cision Sup­port Sys­tem for Mar­ine and Wa­ter­ways Man­age­ment in 2012, the first of its kind in the re­gion, re­du­cing cli­mate change-in­duced risks to the coastal zone. The sys­tem con­sists of an in­teg­rated suite of met­eor­o­lo­gical, hy­dro­dynamic, and wave mod­els, com­bined with real- time data man­age­ment and Web-based tools, cre­at­ing a coastal mon­it­or­ing and fore­cast­ing sys­tem. The sys­tem has been suc­cess­ful in pre­dict­ing ex­treme weather events 24 hours in ad­vance, de­liv­er­ing data and de­cision sup­port to the mu­ni­cip­al­ity and pub­lic users on everything from sea level rise; change in wave fre­quency, height, and dir­ec­tion; in­creased pre­cip­it­a­tion rates; coastal erosion; and in­creased sea wa­ter acid­ity.

Not just provid­ing ac­tion­able, real-time in­form­a­tion, the sys­tem has al­lowed for the cre­ation of a com­pre­hens­ive his­tor­ical data­base, as well as a coastal in­und­a­tion tool, cap­able of fore­cast­ing and map­ping the ex­tent of coastal flood­ing."

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