Boston, 2021 – Tomorrow.io, the world’s fastest-growing weather intelligence and climate security company, today announced the launch of a breakthrough flood risk index onto its Weather Intelligence Platform™ to help cities, businesses, and organizations better prepare for and make proactive decisions ahead of severe flooding.
Climate change is making flood events more frequent and more extreme. A new study in the journal Nature finds that the global population exposed to floods grew by as many as 86 million people from 2000 to 2015, almost a 25 percent increase, while a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said “it is very likely that heavy precipitation events will intensify and become more frequent in most regions with additional global warming.”
“We are living in an era of consequences where, unfortunately, the tragic loss of life and damage to property and infrastructure from flooding and other severe weather will only get worse if we don’t increase our resilience to these extreme events,” said Shimon Elkabetz, CEO and Co-Founder of Tomorrow.io. “Our company is tackling this challenge from two different, but equally important angles. We are both improving the accuracy, detail, and timeliness of weather forecasts, and we are transforming how forecasts are translated into proactive actions that can save lives, reduce damage, improve operations, and limit financial loss.”
Tomorrow.io’s new Flood Risk Index uses a mix of publicly available and proprietary hydrologic models, combined with 40 years of historical analysis of runoff and streamflow, to identify the risk of river and urban flooding up to five days in advance anywhere in the world, even in areas without many hydrologic observations. The index is updated daily around the globe at a spatial resolution of 5.5 miles (9 kilometers), and soon will be updated more frequently in the United States at a spatial resolution of 0.6 miles (1 kilometer). Validation testing of the index for recent flood events has shown increased skill and added value over existing flood prediction products.
Determining the risk of flooding at any one location involves a complex combination of factors including rain intensity, rain accumulation, previous rainfall amount, streamflow conditions, land surface type and topography, and the vulnerability of local infrastructure. It would be virtually impossible for any one person to track all of these factors, especially across many locations spread throughout a city, state, country or the world.
Tomorrow.io’s Weather Intelligence Platform automates this monitoring and sends alerts to assigned personnel based on location-specific criteria, such as a particular rain intensity, rain accumulation or flood risk level. The Platform also can translate anticipated flooding into weather intelligence alerts that recommend pre-programmed actions, such as scheduling crews to clear debris from sewers or preparing to send a citywide wireless flood alert.
To further improve the prediction of floods, hurricanes, droughts and other extreme weather, Tomorrow.io is launching a constellation of small satellites equipped with precipitation radar starting in late 2022. The operational constellation of approximately 32 satellites will for the first time provide global, high-resolution measurements of precipitation updated every hour, dramatically improving weather forecasts for the 5 billion people worldwide who currently live outside of traditional ground-based radar coverage.
Tomorrow.io is the world’s leading Weather Intelligence Platform™. Fully customizable to any industry impacted by the weather, customers around the world including Uber, Delta, Ford, National Grid and more use Tomorrow.io to dramatically improve operational efficiency. Tomorrow.io was built from the ground up to help teams predict the business impact of weather, streamline team communication and action plans, improve productivity, and optimize profit margins.