Can Socioeconomic Factors Play A Role In How Populations Manage The Effects Of Coastal Flooding?
NSF-funded project involving 3 other UC campuses will use advanced simulations
When it comes to addressing climate change perhaps one of the biggest challenges is showing how this environmental concern impacts our daily lives right here in California.
Launched with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines & People initiative, the UCI-led effort will employ advanced simulation systems to deepen the understanding of increasing flood risks within the state’s two most at risk areas- Greater Los Angeles and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
To frame how climate change is increasing the risk of coastal flooding, Brett Sanders, UCI Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, recently commented on what is quickly becoming a serious threat to the socioeconomic balance of our state. “Coastal flooding poses major challenges worldwide that are worsening with climate change and the continued expansion of coastal cities. Over just the past few years, the U.S. has suffered hundreds of billions of dollars in losses from flooding disasters linked to hurricanes and intense rainfall, and both the delta and L.A. metro regions are vulnerable to flooding disasters."