Interagency Standards for Automated Local Flood Warning Systems

by Curtis B. Barrett, River Services Inc, Olney, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


The need exists for establishing guidelines and standards for aspects of local flood warning systems. The demand for increased flood warning systems is expected to increase due to the trend of increasing flood damages. The proliferation of local flood warning systems (LFWS) by various vendors and government agencies could lead to limited benefits unless adequate planning is assured at the federal and state levels. Establishment of agreed upon standards can assure full potential of these systems. Adjacent community automated LFWS established by different vendors will be able to exchange data and information collected by each system. Data and forecast networks of hydrometeorological data can be invaluable in the long run with adequate standards.

Subject Headings: Disaster warning systems | Floods | Automation and robotics | Data collection | Hydrologic data | Forecasting | Computer models | Flow measurement

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