Flood Warning

KISTERS' software ingests continuous monitoring data, information from a variety of sources, in addition to ALERT and ALERT2 common communication protocols for flood warning systems. Users define measurement triggers that send alarms via text message, email and other notifications.

The water data system ensures reliable rainfall and water level measurements is critical especially when flash floods are imminent. Clean data are quickly disseminated to appropriate individuals, departments and partner agencies as well as the public.

An ArcGIS extension allows users to map sensor data. Easily access map layers that correspond to time series data, meta data, and water quality sample data to generate maps for websites, reports, damage assessment and declarations.

Flood Forecasting

Ingesting raw monitoring data, a variety of other sources including USGS streamflow data, and user-defined QA/QC processes, KISTERS water information systems perform advanced computations and apply user-specified models to forecast streamflow.

Flood control and emergency management professionals are able to account for several factors such as precipitation, snowmelt and soil infiltration that impact water bodies. This data-driven approach results in more time to support planning and decision-making when flooding threatens.

Innovative radar sensors collect very fine spatial and temporal scale at monitoring locations. The volume and frequency of data collected is well-suited for KISTERS' secure & unlimited database. Powerful analytics tools support virtual monitoring locations, where calculations can fill data gaps when a traditional river forecast is unavailable or budgets are restrictive.


  • Integration with Esri ArcGIS and KISTERS web services create convenient opportunities to display flood forecasting online. Interactive mapping interface and hydrologic data graphs and charts support open data initiatives.

  • Public utilities and sewer districts rely on KISTERS' precision hydromet solutions. Gauge-Adjusted Radar Rainfall (GARR) data provides high-accuracy forecasts for greater confidence in plans to avoid CSO and prevent risks to water quality.

  • With rising waters, combined sewer systems can overflow and stormwater runoff carries pollutants from drainage systems and land into wetlands and rivers. Deploy KISTERS' water quality software to increase monitoring capabilities of any number of contaminants. In addition, respond to threats and stay in compliance with storm water management regulations.

  • Got big data? Visit the Big Data page to see if your flood risk data collection qualifies for more advantages from a different system architecture.