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Visualization and Analysis Tools for the North American Monsoon - Integrating Citizen Science Data and Observations | CLIMAS

Visualization and Analysis Tools for the North American Monsoon - Integrating Citizen Science Data and Observations

Visualization and Analysis Tools for the North American Monsoon - Integrating Citizen Science Data and Observations

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Monsoon precipitation is difficult to forecast and analyze. Daily and seasonal precipitation are commonly used, but other sources of data (including citizen science monitoring) could be integrated into a higher resolution and more accurate monsoon assessment framework. Tucson has dozens of observations collected by these networks, along with datasets based on radar and weather models. A central monsoon data repository would form a dense network of observations, facilitate innovative visualizations, and offer an unparalleled high-resolution view of regional precipitation patterns. This would also pilot-test a process by which southwestern data networks could be combined into an integrated monsoon assessment database. After a hazard mitigation workshop we co-organized with Pima County OEM, we had conversations about use of our monsoon visualizer to aid and assist in post monsoon (extreme rainfall) recovery and cleanup efforts, to identify target areas where heavy rains had caused likely impacts in terms of road damage, debris removal, and target areas for increased flood risk following multiple sequential days of rain. We also started conversations with CLIMAS colleagues looking at green infrastructure and mosquito risk, to connect our assimilated data to their research question, to better identify areas of likely standing water.