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Posts Tagged ‘Flooding’

Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management

Friday, August 18th, 2017
The Flood Green Guide

The Flood Green Guide organizes flood management methods into two categories: structural and non-structural. Structural methods involve physical changes to natural features or human infrastructure, including engineered (hard) methods (sometimes referred to as gray methods), such as dams or floodways, and natural and nature-based (soft) methods (sometimes referred to as green methods), such as wetland protection, upper watershed restoration or rain gardens.

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UTA Research: Improving Flash Flood Warnings

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
UTA Research: Improving Flash Flood Warnings

A new cell phone app developed by UTA civil engineer DJ Seo and a network of ultrasound sensors could lead to more accurate warnings about flash flooding. Seo works closely with cities across North Texas and the National Weather Service.

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Chesapeake Bay: Sea Level Rise Over the Next Century

Monday, August 10th, 2015
Figure 1. Map showing Atlantic coast of the United States with population density by county (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010) placed alongside Late Holocene and twentieth-century relative sea-level rise (RSL)

GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Today, relative sea-level rise (3.4 mm/yr) is faster in the Chesapeake Bay region than any other location on the Atlantic coast of North America, and twice the global average eustatic rate (1.7 mm/yr). Dated interglacial deposits suggest that relative sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay region deviate from global trends over a range of timescales…The sea level for any location at a given point in time represents a sum of factors, including the volume of ocean water, steric (thermal) effects, tectonic activity, and crustal deformation in response to glacio-hydro-isostatic adjustment (GIA) from loading and unloading of continental ice and water masses (Church et al., 2010).

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Come Heat and High Water: Climate Risk in the Southeastern U.S. and Texas

Friday, July 31st, 2015
ALABAMA: AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE

RISKY BUSINESS
The Southeast U.S. and Texas are experiencing an economic boom, mostly due to manufacturing and energy industry growth. But that boom is at risk from unchecked climate change, which could render this region—already one of the hottest and most weather-vulnerable of the country—at significant economic risk. However, if policymakers and business leaders act aggressively to adapt to the changing climate and to mitigate future impacts by reducing their carbon emissions, this region can lead in responding to climate risk. The Southeast can demonstrate to national and global political leaders the kind of strong response necessary to ensure a strong economic future.

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Austin, TX: Road Flooding Time Lapse

Thursday, June 4th, 2015
Austin, TX: Road Flooding Time Lapse

A time lapse of a low water crossing at Old Spicewood Springs Rd. May 23rd – 25th.

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TxDOT Secretary Joe Weber: A Safety Message for all Texans

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
TxDOT Secretary Joe Weber: A Safety Message for all Texans

TxDOT Executive Director LtGen Joe Weber, USMC (Ret) delivers an important safety message for all Texans during severe weather. Never try to cross a road covered with water and turn around, don’t drown.

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Climate Change & Resilience: Recommendations to the President

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
High tide flooding in Broward County, Florida. Photo Credit: Paul Krashefski.

PRESIDENT’S STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL LEADERS TASK FORCE ON CLIMATE PREPAREDNESS AND RESILIENCE
At state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, leaders are making bold decisions on ways to invest in more resilient infrastructure, revise land use, update building codes, and adjust natural resource management and other practices to improve the resilience of their communities to climate impacts. The Federal Government has a critical role to play in supporting these efforts by ensuring that Federal policies and programs incorporate climate change, incentivize and remove barriers to community resilience, and provide the information and assistance communities need to understand and prepare for climate risks.

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Rising Waters, Rising Threat: How Climate Change Endangers America’s Neglected Wastewater Infrastructure

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
The frequency of extreme precipitation events in the United States is increasing

CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS
As climate change strains aging sewer systems around the country through increasingly severe weather and sea-level rise, the resilience of wastewater infrastructure is becoming a critical public and environmental health issue for communities and municipal and state governments.

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Natural Defenses from Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Communities and Ecosystems in an Era of Extreme Weather

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Figure 1. Natural and nature-based features at a glance.

NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
This report represents a collaborative effort of the National Wildlife Federation, Allied World Assurance Company, and Earth Economics to address the mounting risks of flooding and hurricanes to U.S. communities. Specifically, this report focuses on the U.S. coasts and coastal waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico and the nation’s extensive network of rivers and streams –places where millions of Americans live and work. It asks whether federal, state, and local officials are paying enough attention to the growing threats of floods and hurricanes across the country and whether they are using the policy tools at their disposal to protect people and property endangered by these potentially-catastrophic natural hazards.

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Nevada: Flood in the Desert

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Nevada: Flood in the Desert

After flooding near Las Vegas closed Interstate 15, crews were able to re-open the flood-ravaged interstate in just four days. Here’s the story:
On Sept. 8, 2014, remnants of Tropical Storm Norbert dumped nearly six inches of rain in the Moapa/Glendale area north of Las Vegas—more than the area typically receives in an entire year.

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