Exploring Coastal Resilience and Flood Risk through Geospatial Storytelling

BRIGHTE Workshop Summer 2024

Computer graphic of a town street and car flooded from storm surge
Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, 2024

10:00 am – 2:00 pm MDT

NSF NCAR - Boulder, Colorado
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Final Agenda

Flooding associated with hurricane storm surge presents a serious threat to many coastal communities in the United States. Reducing and managing risks from storm surge is challenging due to the complex relationships among the physical, social, and behavioral dimensions of the hazard, and the inherent uncertainty in storm-surge forecasting. Novel approaches in geovisualization provide exciting opportunities for visual communication of the risks and threats of storm surge to the public.

The 2024 BRIGHTE workshop will take place at NSF NCAR in Boulder, Colorado on August 12-13, 2024. The workshop will explore the role of geovisualizations and geospatial storytelling in building coastal resilience and hazardous weather risk communication. Participants will be introduced to the topics of coastal resilience, hurricane storm surge, data visualization, and risk communication. Participants will learn about geospatial storytelling using Esri technologies, such as ArcGIS StoryMaps,  dashboards, and ArcGIS Experience Builder. This 2-day in person workshop will include GIS hands-on exercises, lectures, thematic presentations, and networking opportunities for the participants.

Because problems such as hurricane-related storm surge affect diverse coastal communities in the U.S., it is especially important that representatives from all communities are engaged in the sciences, decision-making, and effective risk communication strategies. Students and early career researchers who are interested in coastal risks and GIS applications for hazardous weather communication will benefit from attending this workshop. Early career Faculty and students from junior colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic-Serving institutions are encouraged to apply. Workshop participants will be selected based on their application. All selected participants will receive travel support and per diem to attend the workshop.

Application is now closed.
Thanks to all who applied and congratulations to the selected participants.

Questions can be addressed to the workshop organizers: Olga Wilhelmi (olgaw at ucar.edu) and Jennifer Boehnert (boehnert at ucar.edu). The workshop is supported by the NSF NCAR Education, Engagement, and Early Career Development (EdEC) funds.


Please direct questions/comments about this page to:

Jennifer Boehnert

GIS Coordinator



Olga Wilhelmi

GIS Program Head and Project Scientist