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Posts Tagged ‘Flooding’

Engineering: Why the Netherlands Isn’t Under Water

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Following World War II, when the Netherlands was still reeling from five years of German occupation, a massive storm hit the small coastal nation. The flooding that ensued caused thousands of fatalities and incalculable property losses. But Dutch engineers weren’t going to let nature have her way that easily. Their storm-surge barriers, a modern marvel of engineering, serve as an excellent example for coastal areas around the world.

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Climate Change and Its Impact on Infrastructure Systems in the Midwest

Friday, October 13th, 2017
Climate change and infrastructure in the Midwest

The lifeblood of a community is its infrastructure system. In light of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria – which are only the most recent examples of extreme weather events to affect the nation – the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) has examined the anticipated impact climate change will have on the Midwest.

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How a tech startup and nimble non-profit exposed toxic releases during the Houston flood

Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Bakeyah Nelson with the Air Alliance Houston checks air measurements with Entanglement Technologies

As Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas coast, Tony Miller, chief executive of a Silicon Valley startup, wondered how he could help. His company, Entanglement Technologies, can measure levels of air pollution in real time, important information for emergency responders and people living near storm-damaged refineries and chemical plants. On Aug. 31, Miller called Elena Craft, Environmental Defense Fund’s Texas-based senior health scientist, and the two quickly came up with a plan to monitor neighborhoods near industrial facilities in and around Houston. Miller was on the road the next day.

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The Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
Oroville Dam Spillway Incident: Dam Spillway after incident

While some repair work is moving forward at Oroville, significant issues remain to be addressed. This incident is a wake-up call for action on several fronts at this facility and thousands of other high-hazard dams in the United States to ensure a safe and reliable water system that protects communities and the rivers that flow through them. A warming climate with changing precipitation patterns underscores the urgency.

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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

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

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 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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