FEMA Risk Map

WorldWinds holds multi-year contracts with BakerAECOM LLC, and URS, Corp. to run storm surge simulations for historical and hypothetical hurricanes that will be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide production and technical services for FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

WorldWinds, Inc. owns and maintains an on-site 852 processor core supercomputer for efficiently running the ADCIRC hydrodynamic model in support of FEMA production of effective, flexible and sustainable Risk MAP products to develop and implement tools to protect the United States from floods and other related hazardous conditions.  The system can run a 5 day simulation on a 2.5 million node unstructured ADCIRC mesh in 60 minutes.  The model estimates the water level at each 30-meter grid point every 15 minutes, given the characteristics of a simulated hurricane (size, forward speed, maximum winds).  Model runs have been completed for Georgia, Northeast Florida, Central Atlantic Florida, Southwest Florida, Central Western Florida, Big Bend area Florida, South Carolina, New York, and New Jersey.  The WorldWinds system has completed millions of hypothetical hurricane simulations to date.


Flooded New Orleans Jazzland amusement park after Hurricane Katrina, 2005.

New Orleans Jazzland amusement park after Hurricane Katrina, 2005.