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IAI to develop a follow-on Climate Impact Visualization Tools for NOAA using Virtual 3D City for Community based Planning and Outreach

During high risk weather conditions, it is important to inform the public of the vulnerabilities of their towns and local communities to a changing climate to enable informed decisions about evacuation procedures. The President has created the Climate Data Initiative, urging research scientists to develop simple, intuitive, and high-impact visualizations of climate data for education and outreach. These interactive visualization platforms will allow their users to directly comprehend the risks posed by climate change and how such change will affect their lives. Modern gaming platforms offer a unique solution for such interactive environments, if the climate data can be transformed into a realistic three-dimensional visualization with sufficient spatial and temporal scale. IAI and the Center for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Towson University, is developing the Virtual 3D City Communication and Outreach Management System (COMS) Web portal. This portal will be home to education and outreach products created from visualizing existing storm surge and coastal inundation datasets from climate models (e.g., SLOSH and ADCIRC datasets) in the popular Unity game engine. A flexible plug-in will be developed to create customized virtual three-dimensional city models for any coastal town using elevation data from USGS, features and elevation from LiDAR data, and urban features from crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. The key innovation is using scientifically collected and modeled climate data to create a realistic environment in Unity, which will foster the acceptance of the visualizations. The visualizations can be recorded and distributed through social media outlets to educate communities and policy makers about coastal area vulnerabilities and climate-preparedness.

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Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) is a technology innovation company headquartered in Rockville, MD. We specialize in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services to federal agencies, and corporations throughout the United States and internationally. Leveraging agile R&D processes, a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment, and its substantial intellectual property portfolio, IAI excels in developing concepts into market-focused products and customer-driven solutions. IAI’s core R&D areas include: Air Traffic Management, Big Data and Social Media Analytics, Control and Signal Processing, Cyber Security, Education and Training Technologies, Health Technologies, Modeling and Simulation, Networks and Communications, Robotics, and Sensor Systems. For more information on IAI, please visit

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