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May 23 Webinar:
Learn about a new radar system that monitors effects of atmospheric rivers

On May 23, 2017, Carl Morrison of the Bay Area Flood Protection Agencies Association (BAFPAA) shared information about the San Francisco Bay Area Advanced Quantitative Precipitation Information system. This system will provide improved monitoring, prediction and decision support for nine counties in the areas of flood management, emergency response, water quality, ecosystem services, water supply, and transportation management. Similar systems are being used in Tokyo, the Netherlands, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

It is estimated that over the last few decades more than 50 percent of major flooding in the Bay Area, and closer to 70 percent in the North Bay, has come from atmospheric rivers that often are not detected with conventional radar units that were originally designed for thunderstorms in the Midwest. The new radar system will give flood control managers, emergency responders, and reservoir operators more precise information on just where, when and the intensity of expected rainfall.

About the speaker:

  • Carl Morrison, Bay Area Flood Protection Agencies Association (BAFPAA)

Presentation from the webinar and useful links:

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