Steven L. Stockton, P.E., Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, gave this address at the recent 2013 Gilbert F. White Lecture in the Geographical Sciences: Global Context - The Flood Risk Management Challenge. The lecture was sponsored by the NAS/NRC.
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Damages and loss of lives due to natural disasters, particularly flooding, is on the rise. The number of reported flood events has increased from ~ 250 per decade in the 1970s to more than 1,700 during the first decade of the 21 Century. All indications are that this trend will continue.
Managing flood risks is a complex endeavor. Determining flood risks at any given location entails evaluating how high waters might rise as well as the vulnerability of people and assets in a flood's pathway. Assessing a communities' resiliency to return to pre-flood conditions must also be considered. Local governments, households, and businesses are key decision-makers regarding choices that affect flood risk and should be involved in planning processes.
Join Steve Stockton as he explores the key principles in managing flood risks, including a new set of operating principles established by the agencies involved in the Hurricane Sandy Recovery.
Steve will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 AWRA Annual Conference.
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