TR-12-04 Storm Surge Computations for the North Carolina Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study

To address the evaluation of the coastal hazard component for the North Carolina Sea Level Rise Impacts Study (NC-SLRIS), the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) proposed an approach that follows conceptually the application of the tidal and storm surge model ADCIRC for computing flood hazard levels for the recent Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for North Carolina’s coastal counties. The FIS approach uses a high-resolution numerical model grid for storm surge and waves based on recent topographic surveys and best-available bathymetric data, as well as advanced statistical techniques for modeling North Carolina’s tropical storm climate. The approach addresses conduction and management of needed simulations on RENCI’s high- performance computers.