EF5 Training at the Second Geospatial Information Workshop

Posted on September 29, 2015

Race Clark and Zac Flamig were invited to teach a two-day (22-23 September) EF5 training course at the Second Workshop on Geospatial Information in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, hosted by the Center for Global Change and Sustainability in the Southeast (CCGSS) and located at the Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco (UJAT). The overall workshop was intended to tackle challenges in global climate change and sustainability. Clark and Flamig were invited as instructors after an employee of the Mexican Space Agency completed the May 2015 EF5 course in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico and felt that EF5 would be a good fit for the workshop at UJAT.

The twelve attendees of the Villahermosa course came from across Mexico and the region and specialized in the environmental sciences, geographic information system (GIS) techniques, and other related fields. This is the third international EF5 training course to be taught so far in 2015. At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees received access to newly-completed filmed versions of portions of the EF5 training course. Travel support was provided by CCGSS and the workshop organizers. The EF5 team looks forward to continuing our very fruitful collaborations with the Mexican research community!


EF5 trainer Race Clark (center, green) and lead developer Zac Flamig (right, blue) with trainees at EF5 training course in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico

Workshop on Higher Resolution SRTM Data and Flood Modeling

Posted on June 04, 2015

The U.S. government recently authorized the release of 1 arcsecond (approximately 30m) SRTM data for most of the globe. In support of the release of these data the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRECTEALC) hosted the Workshop on Higher Resolution SRTM Data & Flood Modeling to demonstrate the utility of the data in flood modeling applications. CRECTEALC and CEOS generously invited OU graduate students Zac Flamig and Race Clark to conduct an EF5 training course as a part of this effort.

The workshop (25-29 May 2015) was held at the cultural complex of the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP) in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico and at the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics (INAOE) in Tonantzintla, Puebla, Mexico. Included were participants representing Colombia, Honduras, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. EF5’s participation in this workshop is part of an ongoing pattern of international outreach and capacity building activities on the part of the model development team. EF5 and CREST have now been presented on five continents to people from dozens of countries. Travel support for the training workshop was provided by the Secure World Foundation and the University of Oklahoma.

Workshop on Higher Resolution SRTM Data and Flood Modeling, Puebla, Mexico, Group Photo

EF5 Training v0.2 Material Is Online!

Posted on May 01, 2015

Version 0.2 of the EF5 Training course is now available online! Users can freely download the model software, presentations explaining how to use it, software to process and manipulate model input and outline, explanatory documents, and model examples.

This version of the training materials will be presented May 4-6 at the Global Flood Partnership Conference in Boulder, CO. Check this space often for updates to the model and its associated training materials!

First EF5 Training Session in Namibia

Posted on April 10, 2015

participantsEF5 was presented in a training workshop at the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Forestry (MAWF) from March 30 to April 2, 2015 in Windhoek, Namibia. The training session was conducted by two PhD students at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology: Zac Flamig and Race Clark. Zac is the primary software developer of EF5 and Race is the primary developer of the EF5 training course. NASA scientists and engineers from the Goddard Space Flight Center also helped to facilitate the training workshop.

Hydrologists and other personnel from the MAWF completed the training along with students and faculty from the University of Namibia. The workshop is part of a larger ongoing effort in Namibia to leverage technical expertise and excellent observational platforms from the U.S. to build local knowledge and capacity to forecast hydrological disasters including floods and droughts in the Republic of Namibia.

EF5 is the Ensemble Framework for Flash Flood Forecasting. It includes physics concepts from the CREST (Coupled Routing and Excess Storage) model developed jointly between OU and NASA. Funding for EF5 training development is provided by the NASA and USAID SERVIR program. Funding for workshop travel is from an NSF PIRE grant to the Open Science Data Cloud, which provides the computing infrastructure for the Namibia Flood Dashboard.

Hello world!

Posted on June 13, 2013

The Ensemble Framework For Flash Flood Forecasting page has launched. The source code will be made available in the new future after a few remaining issues are worked out.