NOAA: Initial Response to Post-Storm Assessment Requirements

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in consultation with the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology (OFCM) and other agencies, has identified federal and nonfederal storm data collection efforts that may provide the covered data--specified in the act to include wind speeds, storm surge, and other measures--for a post-storm model required by the Consumer Option for an Alternative System to Allocate Losses Act of 2012 (COASTAL Act). However, NOAA officials said they will not know which specific data collection efforts will be used until they develop ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. July 11, 2013.

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in consultation with the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology (OFCM) and other agencies, has identified federal and nonfederal storm data collection efforts that may provide the covered data--specified in the act to include wind speeds, storm surge, and other measures--for a post-storm model required by the Consumer Option for an Alternative System to Allocate Losses Act of 2012 (COASTAL Act). However, NOAA officials said they will not know which specific data collection efforts will be used until they develop the model, which the act requires NOAA develop by regulation by December 28, 2013. According to agency officials and representatives from nonfederal entities, such as a university and a nonprofit organization, efforts that can collect surface level water, wave, and wind measurements over land will likely provide important sources of data. NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), as well as some nonfederal entities, such as universities and private companies, currently collect some surface level data on wind and water. However officials and representatives from the agencies and nonfederal entities, respectively, said current efforts may not be sufficient for the model to achieve the highly accurate estimates needed for individual structures in all locations. For example, USGS officials said they may not have enough mobile, temporary water level sensors to deploy in locations along the Atlantic Coast for measuring storm tide. Moreover, current efforts do not measure certain data that likely will be needed to model wind and water impacts on individual structures. In particular, data on waves that occur over land on top of the storm surge are critical for assessing water damage to structures from tropical storms and hurricanes but are not currently collected."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. NOAA: Initial Response to Post-Storm Assessment Requirements, text, July 11, 2013; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc300995/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.