GIS in Severe Weather Impact Analysis
Track: Disaster Management and Emergency Response
Author(s): Scott Rae

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) region has become one of the largest targets for severe weather in the United States. Already renowned for multiple 100 million dollar hail damage events, demographic and development data show how this is occurring, and why many fear that Dallas-Fort Worth could be the site of one of the largest tornado, hail, or flood disasters in the future. Regional growth is a dominant theme. This presentation will look at several GIS studies and real-time implementations that have helped quantify how the region has reacted to past events and what will likely be the impact of larger events in the future. It will also look at severe weather warning initiatives NCTCOG and NOAA have tested in the Dallas Fort Worth area--merging demographic, weather radar, and warning impact areas using ArcSDE and ArcIMS.

Scott Rae
Research and Information Services
616 Six Flags Dr.
Arlington , TX 76011
Phone: 817-695-9154
E-mail: srae@nctcog.org