About TrueFloodRisk.com, a subsidiary of Think Geohazards, Inc.
The idea for True Flood Risk derived from a simple question raised by company founder, Shelly Klose, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (October 29-Nov 2, 2012): Why were some of the houses in her Jersey Shore neighborhood completely damaged while others were spared the wrath of the Superstorm’s rising flood waters?
As a property owner along the heavily affected Jersey Shore, Shelly wondered why her home sustained nominal flood water damaged while her next door neighbors lost everything on their first floor. Walking around her neighborhood, it was clear not every home was affected in the same manner. One house would be covered in feet of water while others were spared from destruction. Yet they all share the same site elevation.
Thus, True Flood Risk was born.
Shelly Klose, Founder
Shelly has over 20 years experience in advertising, market research and data analytics helping a variety of organizations from start ups to Fortune 100 companies develop marketing communications strategies. Shelly also serves as Managing Director of C2 Research, a full service market research company with offices in Westchester County, NY and Roseville, CA. Shelly has vast experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies include advanced data analytics. Shelly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso and completed her Master’s coursework at New York University (thesis pending).
Shelly’s first book, Beyond Big Data: Big Insights in Small Data with R (Finance & Insurance Book 1), is available now on Amazon.com
Her Home’s True First Floor Elevation is 24 inches above ground, which is above an expected 100 years flood event.
Dr. Beate G. Liepert, Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Liepert joined Think Geohazards in early 2017 to focus on research and development. In her role Dr. Liepert oversees our team of data scientists and software developers who are using artificial intelligence and advanced modeling techniques to enhance the underlying True Flood Risk model.
Previously, Beate was Senior Research Scientist at NorthWest Research Associates where she continued on her ground breaking climate change research focusing on the phenomenon of global dimming and changes in the hydrology of the planet.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Liepert was a leading research scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York. She was a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, who along with other leading climate scientists and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, went on to receive the Noble Peace Prize in 2007.
Her work has been featured in the BBC documentary “Dimming the Sun”, the New York Times, the New Yorker “Talk of the town”, the Guardian, der Spiegel and many other national and international media.
Dr. Liepert received her PhD in 1995 from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.
Her Home’s True First Floor Elevation is 46 inches above ground, which is above an expected 100 years flood event.