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D. A Way to 'LINC' Prediction Models with Cities During Disaster

Narrator:This is Science Today. Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working to provide cities with a quick ability to predict the path of biological, chemical or radioactive releases into the atmosphere. Lab scientist John Nasstrom says their project works by linking advanced Internet technology with three-dimensional atmospheric models.

Nasstrom: We're starting a project called LINC, which is deploying this capability to local government agencies such as cities and counties. Seattle is our pilot city. You can envision all kinds of applications where there might be interested in 'what if' scenarios for radiological dispersal devices or anthrax releases or sarin releases and they can do those calculations by accessing our computers here in Livermore automatically over the Internet and we provide them tools that display the results over the roads, fire stations, hospitals, water bodies, political boundaries, those kinds of things.

Narrator: The ultimate goal is to have an integrated system, tying in cities, counties, states and federal agencies. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.