Flood Preparedness

UCI Researchers Look at Compounding Effects of Ocean- and Land-based Flooding

Aug. 28, 2017
From the Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

Coastal areas are threatened by both oceanic and terrestrial flooding, and the combination of these factors is especially concerning as sea levels continue to rise. Untangling how oceans and rivers interact – their so-called compounding effects – is a challenge for scientists and engineers trying to… Read More

Nuisance Flooding can be as Costly Over Time as Extreme Events

Though major storm events like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy receive the lion’s share of media attention for the losses they inflict, new FloodRISE research demonstrates that smaller, more frequent nuisance flooding events can be just as costly to coastal communities. In a new paper published by Earth’s Future, FloodRISE researchers Hamed Moftakhari, Amir… Read More

Building Resilience Before a Major Flood

Social Ecology Graduate Student Researcher Kristen Goodrich joined an esteemed group of speakers in Tijuana, Mexico for Protección Civil Tijuana’s National Week of Preparedness. She presented strategies for understanding risks and building flood resilience before a major storm occurs. The event highlighted different actions that citizens can take to prepare for a myriad of… Read More

Using Public Participation GIS to Better Understand Local Flood Risk Perceptions

Knowing where flooding is likely to occur is key for preparedness, but who knows best about the location of floodwaters? New research from the Social Ecology Team explores this question using public participation GIS data collected in a 2014 door-to-door survey of Newport Beach residents. As part of this survey, residents were asked to… Read More

UC Irvine Sea Level Rise Research Can Help Orange County Prepare

As the world celebrated Earth Day on April 23, 2016, the Orange County Register took a comprehensive look at the sea level rise planning and preparedness challenges for Orange County. The article highlighted important research from various UC Irvine scientists, including the FloodRISE project. Along Orange County’s coastline, risks are complex. Low-lying areas such as… Read More

Preparing for El Niño

As the 2015-2016 El Niño season arrives in southern California and Baja California, the Research Impact and Integration Team is encouraging residents to prepare for a rainy winter. On December 4 and 14, the RII Team, in collaboration with community leaders, Civil Protection Tijuana, and partners at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve… Read More