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FloodPath Forecast Flood Mapping System

  
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FloodPathWhat's missing from flood forecasts? Maps. The only maps generally available today are maps used for planning. They are maps of theoretical floods, not maps of flooding forecast for an approaching storm. The USGS has developed a way to bring flood forecasting and flood mapping together, producing flood maps for tomorrow's flood today--and getting them on the Internet in time for those in harm's way to protect lives and property.

The USGS FloodPath forecast-flood mapping system can draw a map of a flood several days before it hits. FloodPath takes the National Weather Service flood forecast for a point on a river, then extends it across the entire basin, showing where floodwaters will go, when they will arrive and crest, and how deep they will be. FloodPath creates the map and automatically serves it on the Web.

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