Kiara Roman

Kiara Roman
B.E, Environmental Engineering, Undergraduate, 05/27/2020

Cohort Level: Cohort - III

Career Goal: I'm thinking of getting a job or possibly applying for a masters degree.

Expected Graduation Date: May 31, 2020

Degree: B.E Environmental Engineering

Research Title: Evaluation of New York Urban Hydro-Meteorological Testbed (NY-uHMT) product

Research Synopsis: The new high spatio-temporal resolution products from the New York Urban Hydro-meteorological Testbed provides high resolution information for use in urban flash flood guidance and hazard warnings (uFFG) systems. Evaluation of this new observational data and products is essential in its integration into modeling methods and scientific research in development efforts of key hydrological and meteorological forecast issues. Evaluation of the most relevant NOAA forecasting products such as the High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) and the Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system, against the observations of the NY-uHMT provides information on a scale that is difficult for weather forecasting models to capture. In addition to its urban heat island effect, New York City is one of the most at-risk urban areas in the country to floods due to its extensive waterfront development and high population density in high-risk flood zones. Providing city planners with a proven independent high-resolution data set is crucial in the improvement of forecasting efforts to provide city-dwellers with the best localized information.