Newport Beach

Coastal Resilience Conversations

PI Brett Sanders, Co-PI David Feldman, and Co-PI Richard Matthew joined guests from Coastal Orange County for a conversation about coastal resilience at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach on November 17, 2016. The researchers shared updated flood risk maps with attendees, which visualize flood risk in new, innovative ways. The updated maps… Read More

Bringing Flood Issues into Focus

In its third year the FloodRISE research team coordinated a series of focus group meetings with various community and civic leaders in each of the project sites. Three meetings took place in Newport Beach in August 2015, followed by four meetings in the Tijuana River Valley in March 2016 and four meetings in Tijuana… Read More

New Cohort of Hazard Scholars Makes Waves in Newport Beach

This winter, 12 new undergraduate Hazard Scholars joined the FloodRISE project to support Modeling Team research in Newport Beach. This group of undergraduate Civil and Environmental Engineering students are improving the quality of FloodRISE models by taking detailed geographic measurements of vulnerable infrastructure and rapidly changing beaches along Balboa Peninsula. The students had the… Read More

Local Flooding Conversations on World Wetlands Day

In observance of World Wetlands Day, FloodRISE postdoctoral scholar Jochen Schubert joined an interdisciplinary panel of speakers at the Climate Change, a “Godzilla” El Niño, and their Impacts on Oceans and Estuaries symposium on January 30, 2016. Convened by the Newport Bay Conservancy, the symposium highlighted research on topics ranging from ocean warming and El Niño behavior… Read More

New Social Ecology Research Suggests that Age is a Key Factor for Tailored Flood Risk Communication

Social media is often praised as the future of disaster management and risk communication, but is traditional media truly obsolete? New research by FloodRISE Co-PI Dave Feldman and graduate student Santina Contreras suggests that traditional media is still an important information source on hazards like flooding, particularly among older populations. In the March 2016… Read More

Conservation Conversations in Newport’s Back Bay

Often, conversations about flooding are dominated by two preoccupations: impacts to people and property. While these impacts are critically important, we must also examine the effects of inundation on wildlife, natural places, and open space. These considerations were a key part of the discussion at the OC Society for Conservation Biology’s October Conservation Café featuring FloodRISE… Read More