Human populations and natural resources are increasingly impacted by extreme events such as floods, drought, heatwaves and wildfires. Today, the financial toll is measured in hundreds of billions of dollars in losses per year, and millions whose lives are affected. Future impacts are expected to only get worse with continued population growth, landcover change and climate change. The Division of Flood Hazards and Poverty addresses this grand challenge through interdisciplinary and participatory research that makes the most powerful data and technology accessible to a wide range of decision-making processes that affect risks. A major theme of RISE is the use of advanced computer simulations and visualizations that enable anyone to understand risks based on familiar reference points.
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.