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

Op-Ed: Southern California’s beaches are running out of sand

In an op-ed published by the LA Times, Division of Flooding and Poverty research lead Brett Sanders describes […]

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The NOAA Marine Debris Program Awards Funding to 10 New Projects to Prevent and Remove Marine Debris in North America

Through the NOAA North America Marine Debris Prevention and Removal awards, the Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association has been […]

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Research Highlight: Hydro-Financial Watershed Modeling for Environmental Impact Bonds

In a post highlighting the research impacts of the Division of Flooding and Poverty, the National Centers for […]

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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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