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: Professor Brett Sanders talks about what we know about climate change, waves, and coastal erosion

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

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In the News: More sand for south Orange County’s shrinking beaches

Division of Flooding and Poverty research lead Brett Sanders was recently interviewed as part of a piece exploring […]

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Flood Hazards Research in UCI Special Report: California’s Climate Crisis

For the past half century, the University of California, Irvine has been home to some of the world’s […]

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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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