Island Surge and Wave Measurements and Modeling


The United Stated Army Corps of Engineers intends to provide the basic infrastructure and administrative framework for the PILOT Experiment, and seeks partners who have complementary interests and goals in order to develop a synergistic research environment for mutual benefit. Present partners include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, the National Ocean Service, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Hawaii and the University of Guam.

While the focus of the PILOT Experiment is primarily a field investigation, the ultimate goal is better definition of the physics of the coastal wave, water-level, and terrain influenced winds, and the improved ability to predict the effects of these processes. Better definition of the physics will result from analytical, diagnostic, and prognostic studies. Better predictive ability will result from improved models, whether analytical, physical, or computer-aided. The PILOT Experiment provides the data acquisition capability and framework for an integrated approach to addressing and solving these problems.

Longer term goals include establishing, via partnership,

  • a high density anemometer to acquire data on terrain-enhanced winds
  • a rain gage network to acquire data on terrain-enhanced precipitation
  • Doppler radar derived low-level winds on Guam.
  • a local stream-gage network to measure cyclone generated streamflow