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: San Clemente hopes to add 250,000 cubic yards of sand to beaches

Professor Brett Sanders, who leads the Blum Center’s research on flooding and community vulnerabilities, was recently interviewed by […]

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New book chapter on preparing for natural disasters in conflict zones

Blum Center Faculty Director Richard Matthew and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Brett Sanders recently published a […]

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Identifying California’s flooding risk zones and developing workable solutions

Blum-affiliated Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Brett Sanders was recently interviewed for an article on the California […]

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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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