HERA: A dynamic web application for visualizing community exposure to flood hazards based on storm and sea level rise scenarios

Computers & Geosciences
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Abstract

The Hazard Exposure Reporting and Analytics (HERA) dynamic web application was created to provide a platform that makes research on community exposure to coastal-flooding hazards influenced by sea level rise accessible to planners, decision makers, and the public in a manner that is both easy to use and easily accessible. HERA allows users to (a) choose flood-hazard scenarios based on sea level rise and storm assumptions, (b) appreciate the modeling uncertainty behind a chosen hazard zone, (c) select one or several communities to examine exposure, (d) select the category of population or societal asset, and (e) choose how to look at results. The application is designed to highlight comparisons between (a) varying levels of sea level rise and coastal storms, (b) communities, (c) societal asset categories, and (d) spatial scales. Through a combination of spatial and graphical visualizations, HERA aims to help individuals and organizations to craft more informed mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate-driven coastal hazards. This paper summarizes the technologies used to maximize the user experience, in terms of interface design, visualization approaches, and data processing.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title HERA: A dynamic web application for visualizing community exposure to flood hazards based on storm and sea level rise scenarios
Series title Computers & Geosciences
DOI 10.1016/j.cageo.2017.08.012
Volume 109
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Western Geographic Science Center
Description 8 p.
First page 124
Last page 133