The Science of Flood Safety
U.S. Geological Survey and National Weather Service Perspectives

Brian E. McCallum
Assistant Director of Hydrologic Monitoring
Georgia Water Science Center, USGS

Kent Frantz
Senior Service Hydrologist, Atlanta (Peachtree City) WFO
National Weather Service

June 11, 2008

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Brian McCallum graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's and masters degrees in civil engineering in 1992. He worked as a student in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Altamonte Springs office in Florida while still in school. In 1993, he started full-time with the USGS in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he helped establish the Louisiana HydroWatch, a statewide hydrologic monitoring network. As part of the flood monitoring effort, he was co-author for the "Amite River Flood Tracking Chart", a public-awareness tool that has a distribution of over 1 million copies and has been used in many other parts of the country. In February 1999, he was selected as the USGS Federal Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers.

In January 2000, Brian became the Assistant Director of Hydrologic Monitoring for the USGS in Atlanta, Georgia. Brian continues to be active in the National Hydrologic Warning Council, a group for flood warning system operators. In Georgia, he was co-author of the "Surface-Water Data for Georgia", a GIS-based cd-report that helped redefine the USGS publication approach to basic data reports. In May 2003, Brian was awarded the William A. Jump award that is given annually to one Federal employee under the age of 37 for exemplary service in Public Administration.

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Kent Frantz has served as Senior Service Hydrologist for the National Weather Service's (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO) at Peachtree City, GA since 2005. Previously he served as Hydrologic Analysis and Support (HAS) forecaster for the NWS Southeast River Forecast Center (SERFC) from 1999-2005. For approximately 20 years before assuming the SERFC position, he served with NWS as meteorologist and meteorologist technician at WFO's in the Southeast and Midwest. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as Aerographer's Mate for weather.