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Present at the Creation:

Water Resources and the


Cyber-infrastructure
Revolution
Don Cline
Director, National Water Center
National Weather Service, NOAA

Why?
Life and Property
Water Security
Economic well-being

What?
Actionable, well-integrated water intelligence

Where?
Global to street level

How?
Cyber-infrastructure

When?
Now
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National
Flood
National Flood Loss

1
Loss

$900

18000

$800

16000
D=$300 B

$700

14000

$600

12000

$500

D=2538

10000

$400

8000

$300

6000

$200

R = 0.995

$100

4000

Cumulative Fatalities

Cumulative Damages ($ Billions2)

Year 1903
- 2013
WaterWater
Year
1903-2013

2000

$0

Year
1National

Weather Service Hydrologic Information Center (www.nws.noaa.gov/hic/)


are adjusted for inflation to 2013. Damages are considered to be minimum estimates.

2Damages

Global Water Security


During the next 10 years:
many countries important to the United States will
experience water problemsshortages, poor water quality,
or floodsthat will risk instability and state failure,
increase regional tensions, and distract them from working
with the United States on important US policy objectives.

Between now and 2040:


fresh water availability will not keep up with demand
absent more effective management of water resources.
Water problems will hinder the ability of key countries to
produce food and generate energy, posing a risk to global
food markets and hobbling economic growth.

As a result of demographic and economic development


pressures, North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia
will face major challenges coping with water problems.
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Intelligence Community Assessment., ICA-2012-08, 02-February-2012

Global Risks Landscape 2015

Insight Report: Global Risks 2015,

10th

Edition, World Economic Forum, Geneva.

Global Risks 2015 Interconnections

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Insight Report: Global Risks 2015, 10th Edition, World Economic Forum, Geneva.

Actionable Water Intelligence

Flooding

Water
Quality

Water
Availability

Drought

Climate
Change

Need integrated understanding of near- and long-term outlook and risks

Integrated Modeling and Data


Hydrologic Economic Demographic Environmental Political
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Actionable Water Intelligence

Global to Street Scale

GLOBAL

NATIONAL REGIONAL

STREET

WATERSHED
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