What We Do
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An ad hoc committee, organized by Office of Special Projects in collaboration with Division of Earth and Life Sciences, will conduct a series of regional workshops or case studies to explore the issue of urban flooding in 3 to 8 metropolitan areas. The goal will be to gain an initial understanding of the extent and causes of urban flooding in the chosen locations. These information gathering sessions will provide information from federal, state, and local government agencies, and other relevant stakeholders responsible for flood control, flood response, recovery, or mitigation on questions related to urban flooding both outside and inside the floodplain, such as:
Based on information gathered from the case study cities, the committee will produce a consensus report that:
- How big is the problem of flooding in each metropolitan area; i.e., how bad can floods be or have floods been and how much do floods cost?
- What causes the worst impacts of flooding, including structural and human impacts (human life and property)?
- How could the worst impacts be avoided or mitigated?
- Who is affected most by floods in the metropolitan area?
- Which regions of the metropolitan areas see the longest lasting or most costly effects of flooding?
- Identifies any commonalities and variances among the case study metropolitan areas in terms of causes, adverse impacts, unexpected problems in recovery, or effective mitigation strategies, as well as key themes of urban flooding.
- Provides an estimate of the size or importance of flooding in those urban areas; and
- Relates, as appropriate, causes and actions of urban flooding to existing federal resources or policies, including but not limited to the National Flood Insurance Program, non-disaster grants, Stafford Act authorities, or others.
Dr. David R. Maidment (NAE) (Chair)
Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering and Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources
University of Texas, Austin
Mr. Chad Berginnis
Association of State Floodplain Managers
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick (Ret.)
Senior Vice President, Environment Sector
Dr. Samuel Brody
Professor and holder of the George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts in the Departments of Marine Sciences and Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
Texas A&M University
Dr. Jeffrey Czajkowski
Willis Re Research Fellow
Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center
Dr. Dara Entekhabi
Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ms. Harriet Festing
Ms. Katherine Greig
Deputy Director, Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
New York City
Ms. Jo Ann Howard
H2O Partners, Inc.
Mr. Conor Jensen
Vice President of Strategic Execution, Specialty Risk Division
Dr. Eric Tate
Assistant Professor, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
University of Iowa
Dr. Claire Welty
Director for the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dr. James L. Wescoat, Jr.
Aga Khan Professor, Department of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lauren Alexander Augustine, Ph.D.
Responsible Staff Officer and Study Director
Anne M. Linn, Ph.D.
Danielle Nagele, Ph.D.
Associate Program Officer
Senior Program Assistant
February 6-7, 2017: First Committee Meeting
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
April 24-25, 2017: First Regional Workshop - Baltimore, MD
- Presentation from Dr. David Green, Disaster Program Manager, Science Mission Directorate, Earth Science Division, NASA (available upon request)
- Presentation from Steve Zubrick, Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office
Towson University Marriott Conference Center
July 5-7: Second Regional Workshop - Houston, TX
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September 18-20: Third Regional Workshop - Chicago, IL
- Presentation: Dr. Phil Bedient, Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, Rice University, "Urban Flooding in Houston: A Disaster in the Making."
- Presentation: Dr. Samuel Brody, Professor and Director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores,Department of Marine Sciences, Texas A&M University, "Urban Flooding: A Growing National Challenge."
- Presentation: Stephen Costello, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston, "Urban Flooding in the United States: Decision Making and Policies in Houston."
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