National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and University of Hawaii's Department of Urban and Regional Planning present "Lessons from the Oregon Resilience Plan" with featured speaker: Jay Wilson, Clakamas County Emergency Management, Hazard Mitigation Coordinator, and Vice Chair of the Steering Committee for the Oregon Resilience Plan.
Please join us
Location: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Saunders Hall 116
Time: Friday, March 14, 2014, 3:30 PM
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Please share within your organizations and with your networks. This is a great opportunity to share Hawaii's unique challenges, needs and solutions at a national level and identify next steps for action at home for these issues.
Because the Task Force is on an expedited timeline, survey responses must be submitted by Monday, March 10. Please contact Jacqueline Kozak Thiel, State Sustainability Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Mahalo!
For more information on the Task Force and survey, please visit here.
Upcoming Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) Webinar
Title: Managing Traffic During Flood Events: Transportation Agency Experiences and Strategies
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
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The Road Weather Management Program (RWMP), within the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Operations, seeks to better understand the impacts of weather on roadways, and to promote strategies and tools to mitigate those impacts. Envisioned is a system that provides “Anytime, Anywhere Road Weather Information” for road users and road operating agencies, as well as a robust, competitive market for road weather services. One of the key goals of the program is to improve traffic management during adverse weather events.
To support this goal, the RWMP has an initiative called Weather Responsive Traffic Management (WRTM). The initiative involves working with State DOTs and other partners to develop and implement traffic management strategies in response to current or anticipated weather conditions. WRTM includes improving traffic analysis, modeling, and prediction of traffic flow under all types of weather conditions; integrating high-quality, timely, and relevant weather information with existing traffic information into the transportation management centers; developing guidelines for road weather information communication and presentation that meet the needs of the traveling public for different weather conditions and travel scenarios; and creating evaluation guidance for transportation agencies to assess that the benefits outweigh the costs for implementing a particular strategy.
Recent stakeholder discussions have highlighted a greater need to focus on traffic management before, during, and after flood events and to strengthen the inclusion of hydrology in planning, operations, and maintenance. Transportation agencies throughout the country deal with flood events caused by heavy rains or prolonged periods of precipitation, which have significant impacts on transportation systems. As one stakeholder remarked, “water is what takes out our roadways, bridges, and communications.” Flooding can result in both short-term and long-term impacts to operations with problems continuing spatially and temporally beyond the local area of the precipitation event.
This webinar will present experiences from two State DOTs in managing the effects of flooding on roadway systems. Their presentations will address this challenge from three perspectives: transportation management, bridge management, and maintenance.
Roemer Alfelor, Weather Responsive Traffic Management Program, Office of Operations, Federal Highway Administration
Deepak Gopalakrishna, Program Manager, Battelle
Gene S. Donaldson, Transportation Management Center Operations Manager, Delaware Department of Transportation
Dave Claman, Preliminary Bridge Engineer, Office of Bridges & Structures, Iowa Department of Transportation
James Bane, District 4 Maintenance Manager, Iowa Department of Transportation
Please come join NDPTC for our monthly Third Thursday Event. This month the topic is Human Vulnerability to Climate Change and featured speaker is Dr. Camilo Mora, Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Location: UH Manoa Campus, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Saunders 116
Time: 4:30 PM (Presentation and Discussion)
5:00 PM (Networking and Pau Hana)
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NDPTC’s Third Thursday presentation and pau hana for January drew a large audience, as many guests came to our event, hosted at nearby Lyon Associates, Inc., to learn about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAV or UAS) from presenter and Hawaii resident Ted Ralston. After a long career in the aerospace industry, Ted currently is focusing on UAVs, because of their value in generating geographic information to support our understanding and expression of the environment around us, whether in environmental discovery, restoration, archaeology, or disaster recovery, with lower risk, faster response, and less damage to the environment than conventional means.
Ted brought one of his small UAVs to the event and passed it around to all attendees. Ted explained some of the many ways UAVs could be used in disaster response, from taking overhead video to determine damage to critical infrastructure, to using infrared sensing to located people trapped in the rubble. His UAVs were used for disaster response in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. To improve future UAV operations, the Federal Aviation Administration recently selected six sites for testing, including Hawaii (in partnership with the University of Alaska and the State of Oregon), where they aim to develop a set of standards for unmanned aircraft categories, state monitoring, navigation, and safety.
Owen Shieh is the Weather and Climate Program Coordinator at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) in Honolulu. As a meteorologist, his fascination with weather and storms began at an early age in Florida, where he frequently experienced the wrath of tropical storms and severe weather. He temporarily left the warmth of the tropics for the wintry cold of the Ivy League to study atmospheric science at Cornell University, where he graduated Magna cum Laude with distinction in research. For the next several years, Owen was selected to participate in VORTEX2, the largest government- funded tornado field program in history. After obtaining his M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, Owen moved to Hawaii in 2010 to pursue Ph.D. research at the University of Hawaii to improve tropical cyclone forecasting through collaboration with the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Pearl Harbor. As the Weather and Climate Program Coordinator at the NDPTC, Owen brings his broad experiences across the field of meteorology to oversee the development of FEMA hazardous weather training courses that will be deployed across the United States. His vision is to build national resilience to natural hazards by enhancing a "whole community" discourse that combines scientific research, operational forecasting, emergency management training, public policy, and public awareness. To see his presentation, click here.
Current state of Yolanda in Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan
The Global Health/Rural Health Interest Group and Partnership for Social Justice (PSJ) at the John A. Burns School of Medicine would like to present: Current state of Yolanda in Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan
Speakers: Dr. Seiji Yamada - JABSOM Faculty
Dr. Brad Wong - Aloha Medical Missions
Please come join us on Thursday February 6th from 5-7 pm in MEB 301 at JABSOM to hear about the current state of healthcare and medical issues affecting the people of Yolanda in the Philippines after the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Dr. Yamada will be presenting on his recent trip to Yolanda after the typhoon and the medical issues currently affecting the people of Yolanada. Afterwards, Dr. Brad Wong will be presenting on his experience in the Philippines and opportunities for students to be involved with medical missions over the summer. This is a great opportunity for medical students to find out about possible MD5 shadowing abroad opportunities, as well as for members of the community to participate in learning more about the Philippines.
Please join us at 4pm this Thursday 16 January 2014 to take part in an exploration of the role of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with Ted Ralston, who recently deployed UAV's to assist first responders in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Click here to see event location and time.
On 30 December 2014, the Federal Aviation Authority named Hawaii, in partnership with the University of Alaska and the State of Oregon, as one of six test sites that will allow drones to share airspace with commercial aircraft. This opportunity will allow entrepreneurs to begin transforming technology developed for the battlefield to build stronger and more disaster resilient communities. By conducting tailored aerial assessments, UAV's will help state and local leaders better identify hazards and vulnerabilities, in order to prioritize the allocation of increasingly scarce funds and resources. After a disaster, UAV's will allow incident commanders to rapidly assess damage and identify critical infrastructure that needs urgent repair.
Ted Ralston will have a demonstration of one of their field models and discuss the work they're doing in the Philippines and around the world. To see demonstration video click here.
Owen Shieh, NDPTC's Weather and Climate Program Coordinator, along with colleagues at NOAA's Earth Research Laboratory, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, and the University of Hawaii's Department of Meteorology have recently published an article entitled "Extreme Rapid Intensification of Typhoon Vicente (2012) in the South China Sea" in the American Meteorological Society's (AMS) journal Weather and Forecasting (Volume 28, December 2013).
One of the primary challenges for both tropical cyclone (TC) research and forecasting is the problem of
intensity change. Accurately forecasting TC rapid intensification (RI) is particularly important to interests
along coastlines and shipping routes, which are vulnerable to storm surge and heavy seas induced by intense
tropical cyclones. One particular RI event in the western North Pacific Ocean with important scientific implications
is the explosive deepening of Typhoon Vicente (2012). Vicente underwent extreme RI in the
northern South China Sea just prior to landfall west of Hong Kong, China, with maximum sustained winds
increasing from 50 kt (1 kt = 0.51ms-1) at 0000 UTC 23 July to 115 kt at 1500 UTC 23 July. This increase of
65 kt in 15 h far exceeds established thresholds for TC RI. Just prior to this RI episode, Vicente exhibited
a near-908 poleward track shift. The relationship between the track and intensity change is described, and the
authors speculate that the passage of an upper-tropospheric (UT) ‘‘inverted’’ trough was a significant influence.
An analysis of real-time numerical model guidance is provided and is discussed from an operational
perspective, and high-resolution global model analyses are evaluated. Numerical model forecasts of the UT
trough interaction with the TC circulation were determined to be a shortcoming that contributed to the
intensity prediction errors for Vicente. This case study discusses the importance of considering UT features in
TC intensity forecasting and establishes current modeling capabilities for future research.
The full article can be downloaded here.