To deal with the approaching 2008 Atlantic hurricane season - likely to have above normal activity - Applied Science Associates, Inc. has developed the Flood Inundation Toolbox. One of the challenges in hurricane forecasting is communicating the potential impacts to the public, emergency responders, and scientists.
The Flood Inundation Toolbox is a suite of web services that allows distribution of integrated data within geographic references for environmental problems and crisis management solutions. The use of flexible open standards allows for distribution of data to web pages and email feeds, and enables strategies to distribute warnings to mobile devices, including cell phones. The outputs from the predictions can also be imported into a variety of widely-used mapping applications such as Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth to provide high resolution local context.