Data Visualization Delaware flood map

Published on December 3rd, 2014 | by Travis Korte


Mapping Flood Risk in Coastal Delaware

To combat flooding in low-lying coastal areas of Delaware, a group of academics and government officials have developed a set of interactive flood risk maps for communities in vulnerable Sussex County. The maps show how surges in water levels can rapidly flood areas surprisingly far inland and estimate the chances of a given building flooding over the course of a 30-year mortgage.

The project is a collaboration effort between the University of Delaware, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The creators hope the maps will help residents, property owners, and local officials better understand the risks of floods in the area.

Take a look.

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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