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Distributed Modeling for Flash Flood Forecasting


National Weather Service, Office of Hydrologic Development

RO# Location
26.07.96.B7008 Silver Spring , MD 20910


Name E-mail Phone
Smith, Michael Bryan 301.427.9544


One of the advantages of distributed modeling is that they have the potential to generate meaningful spatially variable information. We may be able to exploit this capability for new methods of flash flood forecasting. Recent research in OHD has led to the development of a flash flood prediction approach that generates gridded runoff frequency values for a particular precipitation event. Additional research is needed to investigate precipitation/runoff mechanisms for different types of basin response, validate the approach in different regions of the country, at even smaller spatial scales, and in more urbanized basins, improve our understanding of the data quality and archive length requirements for historical simulations; improve our understanding of data quality control and timeliness requirements for real-time forecasting; investigate variations on the proposed approach to reduce the impact of local errors in historical data and potentially improve applicability in data poor regions; and develop simple tools to assist in defining local threshold frequencies.


Flash flood; Hydrology; Prediction; Scale;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$55,000.00 $2,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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