Proactive Data Collection for Flood Warning

Chuck Kozora, Territory Manager, OTT Hydromet

Dan Penczak, Field Sales Lead, OTT Hydromet

As water managers and engineers, it’s important to understand our watersheds, urban landscapes, and their response to extreme events like heavy precipitation and rising surface water levels. Of the numerous tools at our disposal, there are many benefits to a flood warning system, including knowing in time where flooding issues could occur, enabling reactive action, and protecting lives while minimizing damage.

In this presentation, I will discuss urban flooding and the value of data collection for flood warning and protection. Together, we’ll examine what an ideal flood warning system might look like in your community and how data can help convince your community about the importance of being prepared for a flooding emergency.

We’ll also explore readily available data from U.S. Federal Agencies—such as the U.S. Geological Survey and National Weather Services—and the increasing need for greater data density to augment spatial and temporal data sets feeding critical predictive models.

With this presentation, attendees will:

  • Receive an overview of flooding in the U.S. and factors that contribute to flooding
  • Understand the role of data collection in organizations like the USGS and NWS
  • Learn the importance of flood warning systems and their components
  • Explore how data can help convince your community about the importance of being prepared for a flooding emergency

Author Bio

At OTT Hydromet, Chuck Kozora manages the states of IN, OH, PA, WV, and VA, by offering support and recommendations of monitoring equipment and data management software for hydrology and metrological applications. Prior to OTT HydroMet, Chuck focused on water treatment and conditioning for the municipal and energy sectors. Chuck holds a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University.

I have 20 years of capital equipment, products, solutions, software and service sales and engineering within various water treatment industries. My background includes drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and environmental monitoring and weather. I have 8 years of experience working with instrumentation in water monitoring applications.I joined OTT Hydromet in November 2018, and currently functioning at the Field Sales Lead for the Eastern US. I have a chemical engineering degree from Villanova University.