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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Latest News & Research

In the News: New York Times on California Flooding 

Following the influx of rainfall in California, The New York Times released an article about the flooding. The […]

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In the News: Dr. Brett Sanders Comments on Flooding for NBC

In an article published this week by NBC, Dr. Brett Sanders, UC Irvine Blum Center leading researcher on […]

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Blum Center Researchers Team with Other UCs to Assess Flood Risks and Management in Metropolitan LA 

Nicola Ulibarri headed up a team of researchers from University of California campuses in Irvine, San Diego, and […]

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Research Lead


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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