Climate change and increased flood hazards will drive increased poverty in the 21st Century. Through the study of displaced populations, disrupted economies, water-borne illnesses and the loss of ecosystem services and infrastructure caused by flooding, UC Blum Center Scholars are utilizing big-data to identify solutions to mitigate flood risk, foster peace and stability in flood-affected communities and empower citizens to action through widely-accessible information and leadership.

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Crystal Cove Conservancy: Beach Loss Trends in OC – 4/22/21

April 22, 2021 5:00 pm PST Hosted by the Crystal Cove Conservancy Brett Sanders is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Urban Planning and Public Policy at UCI, where he leads the UCI Flood Lab. Brett will share his recent work with aerial and satellite imagery as well […]

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Recommended Reading

Collaborative Modeling With Fine‐Resolution Data Enhances Flood Awareness, Minimizes Differences in Flood Perception, and Produces Actionable Flood Maps - Published in Earth’s Future, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

Hydro-Financial Watershed Modeling for Environmental Impact Bonds - Published on National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS).

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Brett Sanders (B.S., University of California, Berkeley; M.S., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Sanders' research group specializes in the development of innovative algorithms for flow and transport in river and coastal systems and the integration of information technologies to create more accurate and efficient simulation tools.

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