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By ICLR | Riverine and urban flood-related news from the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)

3-D models help scientists gauge flood impact: One of the first 3-D RANS simulations of dam breaks in a natural environment performed by researchers

One of the first 3-D RANS simulations of dam breaks in a natural environment performed by researchers<p>Using one of the world's most powerful …

Water

Sea Level Rise Will Flood Hundreds of Cities in the Near Future

Many shore communities in the U.S. face inundation in the coming decades.<p>Sea level rise caused by global warming is usually cast as a doomsday scenario that will play out so far into the future, it’s easy to ignore. Just ask anyone in South Florida, where new construction proceeds apace. Yet …

Climate Change

Urban design in the time of climate change: making a friend of floods

How do you address the threat of flooding in urban areas? As <b>Alex Bozikovic</b> writes, you let the water come<p>How do you design a flood-proof city? You don’t. How do you prepare for extreme weather in the era of climate change? You let the water come.<p>That’s the approach that landscape architects and …

Urbanism

Interactive Flood Mapping Tool Helps Local Governments Plan for Resilience

In an effort to indicate flood-prone areas, and the type of structures and residents that will be most impacted during flooding, researchers at the …

Flood Facts, Types of Flooding, Floods in History

In terms of lives lost and property damaged, floods are just behind tornadoes as the top natural disaster. In the United States, flood damages …

Weather

Houston fears climate change will cause catastrophic flooding: 'It's not if, it's when'

Human activity is worsening the problem in an already rainy area, and there could be damage worthy of a disaster movie if a storm hits the industrial section<p>Sam Brody is not a real estate agent, but when his friends want to move home they get in touch to ask for advice. He is a flood impact expert …

Climate

Modern computing power may help mitigate future flood disasters

In February 2017, California's Oroville Dam received national attention as a narrowly averted flood disaster. A decade earlier—in June 2008—it was …

Oroville Dam

Climate change will mean more rain for some—and none for others

We need to figure out who gets floods and who gets drought.<p>“When the well's dry, we know the worth of water,” Benjamin Franklin wrote in a 1746 edition of "Poor Richard’s Almanac". Although his intention was allegorical—the 18th century equivalent of “we don’t know what we’ve got ‘till it’s …

Climate Change

The Pace of Sea-Level Rise has Tripled Since 1990, New Study Says

Virtually all 2.5 million Miami-Dade residents live on land that's less than 10 feet above sea-level. In terms of real-estate assets vulnerable to …

“TIME TO BUILD” FLOOD RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE

The lower Midwest is still recovering after severe flooding swept through the region in early May. Cities and towns along the Meramec and Mississippi …

Sea level rise will double coastal flood risk worldwide

Small but unstoppable increases will double frequency of extreme water levels with dire consequences, say scientists<p>Small but inevitable rises in sea level will double the frequency of severe coastal flooding in most of the world with dire consequences for major cities that sit on coastlines, …

Climate Change

Irony: Levees Could Make River Flooding Worse

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Dewayne Schaaf is at the top of the courthouse steps with his two children on a perfect spring night, looking down the hill to …

It's time we stopped paying for your river view

Flooding is predictable and increasingly common, and the government needs to halt its huge bailouts of oblivious homeowners<p>Imagine you are house …

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Why We Continue to Develop Floodplains: Examining the Disincentives for Conservation in Federal Policy

Natural Infrastructure is the Future of Flood Management

Flood, like fire, is important to ecosystem health but dangerous when our pride leads us to believe we can control it. Many people now know that …

How a new tool can predict coastal flooding in Nova Scotia down to the metre

Project aims to give emergency officials precise information so they can plan up to 10 days ahead of time<p>The developers of a made-in-Nova Scotia web …

The Great Lie of American Flood Risk

Millions of Americans are living a lie. You might be one of them: The homeowners who live near a flooding California river, the landlords in a slowly …

Insurance

This New Orleans Neighborhood Is Fighting Flooding By Welcoming It

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, planners and designers realized they could protect the city by reintegrating water into the urban landscape, instead of pushing it out.<p>For decades, New Orleans fought to keep water out of the city. In the city's new resilience district, with projects …

Flickr tags could help predict floods

Pictures of streams and other bodies of water uploaded to the photo-sharing site Flickr could help scientists predict floods before they inundate …