The project by engineering researchers at the University of Texas and IBM is designed to monitor thousands of miles of rivers and predict flash flooding several days in advance, allowing more time to evacuate and block soon-to-be treacherous roadways.
Designers envision their technology being used by emergency management authorities, personal GPS units or smart phone apps.
They’ve created an elaborate compilation of creek, river and landscape data that can be linked to National Weather Service’s radars to predict flood risk down to the smallest tributaries up to a week in advance.
Current technology only allows limited monitoring of extensive tributary networks where lives and property are most threatened.
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