Mon, Sep 26|
A New Model for Understanding Urban Flood Risk
Time & Location
Sep 26, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
About the event
Flooding has always been one of the most destructive forces of nature to our communities, resulting in loss of life, homelessness, and billions of dollars in damage to property and critical infrastructure. Climate change is leading to more intense storm events, which put extra stress on stormwater infrastructure. Aging stormwater systems are often undersized relative to current needs, and they cannot always handle this excess water. Coastal communities are further impacted by sea level rise. To address flooding, we need to know not only where it is happening but how it may affect certain areas of a community, especially more vulnerable populations. This workshop will explore a new map-based approach to understanding flood risk and related tools to help cities to take meaningful action in planning for climate resiliency. Typical flood risk assessments use physical parameters, like elevation and proximity to water. Our model uses physical parameters as well as socioeconomic factors such as income and population density to help community planners understand the associated risks of flooding, not just the likelihood of flooding. This knowledge can help guide capital improvement decisions such as green stormwater infrastructure projects.
SWAW Workshop Pass
Storm Water Awareness Week Workshop Pass