Chatham County

Smart Sea Level Tools for Emergency Planning and Response

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Chatham County will design, develop, and test a pilot sensor network for measuring sea level flood risk in order to inform government officials and other key stakeholders in real-time during natural disasters and storms. The pilot network will help to improve flood warnings, emergency response action plans, and flood predictions for future flood events, as well as serve as the basis for additional sea management tool development, environmental monitoring platform development, and data sharing.

“The City of Savannah is excited at the opportunity to partner with our counterparts at CEMA, and scientists and engineers from Georgia Tech in tackling one of the most pressing issues for our community.”- Heath Lloyd, Chief Officer of Infrastructure and Development for Savannah

“Beyond the application to emergency planning and response, we are excited to partner with the Georgia Tech team to raise awareness about coastal flooding and sea level rise within the coastal community.”- Leon Davenport, Chatham County Engineer

Chatham County’s project leverages the ongoing, Google-funded “Climate Stories” research led by Georgia Tech, UGA, and Emory, which uses virtual reality to visualize and shape the narratives of climate impacts and climate solutions in communities throughout Georgia. Leveraging this work, the team will develop the pilot sensor and communications infrastructure, test system capacity and ability to supply data in real-time, design an online aggregation and visualization platform, and perform preliminary flood risk assessments under various environmental scenarios. The team will also continue to engage coastal residents and stakeholders to explore how the community could utilize the data for additional uses.

Chatham County is partnering with a diverse team of Georgia Tech researchers, led by Dr. Kim Cobb, to study the issues related to large-scale deployments of IoT-enabled remote sensors (Dr. Russell Clark and Lalith Polepeddi); integrate ocean models for predictive sea level risk assessments (Dr. Emanuele Di Lorenzo); and provide decision support and resilience planning tools for community leaders (Dr. David Frost).



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