Predicting vulnerability to flood in two Midwestern communities 3 November 2016

Predicting vulnerability to flood in two Midwestern communities

A study partially funded by CPO’s Sectoral Applications Research Program and published in Climatic Change revealed with modeling experiments on two Midwestern communities that various precipitation scenarios represent different states of vulnerability depending on the adaptive capability of their stormwater systems.



Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.


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