State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012MD270B
Title: An Innovative Learning Tool in Communicating Flood Risk Management
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 1/12/2012
End Date: 8/ 1/2013
Congressional District: MD-005
Focus Categories: Education, Management and Planning, Floods
Keywords: Cloud computing, Collaborative learning, Community demographics, Computer-assisted decision support system (DSS), Computer technology, FEMA National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL), Floodplain Management Program, Flood risk management, Geographic information system (GIS), Google Earth™, Interactive visualization, Model-building, Multi-Hazard Loss Estimation Methodology (HAZUS-MH), National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Realistic visualization, Risk communication, Scientific literacy
Principal Investigator: Momen, Bahram (University of Maryland)
Federal Funds: $ 7,877
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 16,545
Abstract: The aim is to test the effectiveness of a method using realistic interactive visualization and collaborative learning in communicating stakeholders' scientific literacy in flood risk and risk-reduction options; and if it initiates action toward reducing that risk. Stakeholders are individuals in the Mid-Atlantic region affected by flooding. Collaborative learning uses learner-centered problem-solving teams with a facilitator to guide discussions. Combining this method with the use of a computer-assisted decision support system (DSS) adds visual scenarios illustrating science-based potential outcomes. We will design a DSS that uses realistic interactive visualization. Realistic visualization represents scientific information using virtual reality. Interactive visualization is an instructional method that involves direct participation by learners in modeling. To date, a DSS that uses realistic interactive visualization in combination with collaborative learning as a teaching tool in risk management has not been experimentally tested on a regional-scale. We plan to do this. The requested funding will provide supplemental support to a project that has been partially funded by IWR/NIWR.

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