S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

Weather and Climate Resilience Research Projects

Charleston regional flood warning M-App

Norman S. Levine and Emma Paz, College of Charleston

Chronic flooding has become a component of life in coastal South Carolina. Business and community leaders, as well as residents, need real-time information on flooding throughout the region not only to schedule their day-to-day lives but also to plan for the future.

Researchers will develop a database of modeled tidal flooding severity for every road in Charleston County, as well as a countywide rainfall flood mapping product based on one-inch intervals. Estimated flood impacts of tidal and precipitation data then will be combined in a real-time application, called M-App, to communicate the short-term vulnerability in a specific location. M-App will be designed to pair with Chucktown Floods, a data and mapping portal built to consolidate information on flood resources.