Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Game changer

Supercomputers will power Texas flood forecast system

In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2006, Advanced Computing Systems Assistant Director Tommy K. Minyard, configures the center's new IBM supercomputer named Champion at The University of Texas at Austin. The National Weather Service, with a team of academic researchers led by University of Texas professor David Maidment, are putting the final touches on the souped-up forecasting system, which was presented during a recent UT seminar. Using supercomputers and high resolution imaging, the new system can be run every hour, forecasting 15 hours ahead of possible flooding across 784 locations in and along rivers and creeks in Travis and Hays counties. TANIA SAVAYAN

American-Statesman

Austin American-Statesman

Come May 2016, turbocharged forecasts capable of faster updates as conditions change will be used to predict flooding on Central Texas rivers, an innovation expected to give emergency managers more lead time to prepare for problems downstream. The National Weather Service, with a team of University of Texas researchers, are putting the final touches on the souped-up forecasting system, which was presented at a University of Texas seminar last week.

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Georgia, Florida agree to mediate water war

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia has requested a mediator to resolve the 25-year water war with Florida. Florida is on board, according to recently released court documents. A settlement, though, between the long-warring states doesn’t appear imminent. Florida claims that Georgia’s profligate use of the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers harms oystermen, endangered species and the Panhandle way of life.

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The Water Institute of the Gulf breaks ground

The Advocate

A current eyesore along Baton Rouge’s waterfront will undergo a transformation in the next year and a half as it’s transformed into the new home for The Water Institute of the Gulf. During a groundbreaking ceremony last week, the new $22.4 million facility was lauded for the research that will bring water management industry to Louisiana.

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