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Post-Sandy Statewide and Regional GIS Pilot Project (NJcoast) – Keansburg & Berkeley Township, NJ

T&M has been working closely with both Berkeley Township and the Borough of Keansburg on various resiliency and recovery planning projects since Superstorm Sandy ravaged these communities in 2012. This work has included the development and implementation of customized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to help each community plan for and respond to future storm events. These systems integrate locally developed (e.g., stormwater outfall inventories) and statewide databases with georeferenced spatial data to equip local emergency management teams with the tools needed for high fidelity risk assessments and decision making.

Following the implementation of these GIS programs, Berkeley and Keansburg were selected to participate in the Post-Sandy Statewide and Regional GIS Pilot project developed by the University of Notre Dame and the University at Buffalo (UAB-SUNY) and funded by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). According to the DCA, the high-quality of the GIS developed by T&M was one of the principal reasons for the selection of these communities.

As part of the pilot project (now known as NJcoast), the CyberEye software developed by the Notre Dame and UAB-SUNY team was used to augment the capabilities of the existing local GIS programs developed by T&M. The NJcoast web-based platform allows local officials to quickly access reliable, real-time data on hazards such as wind, waves and surge so they can make better informed decisions before an impending storm and take action to help save lives and mitigate property damage.

The CyberEye software enhances the existing storm surge modeling in the current GIS by providing real-time updates as storms progress towards the area. This innovative modeling tool also provides the municipalities’ emergency services teams with the ability to test out scenarios (by varying surge, tide and wind data, etc.,), better allocate resources in advance of storms, and prioritize potential response efforts. Additionally, municipalities can use historical data from prior storm events to carry out long-range planning to improve resiliency.

This summer, Keansburg and Berkeley beta tested the application and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJ OEM) has since implemented NJcoast across New Jersey. T&M will continue to work with Keansburg and Berkeley to implement the NJcoast pilot project in these communities and help the DCA and NJ OEM integrate this innovative technology with local GIS programs in other communities.

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