State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2011DC124B
Title: National Capital Region Flood Risk Assessment: Inter-University Collaboration Initiative
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2011
End Date: 2/28/2012
Congressional District: DC
Focus Categories: Floods, Management and Planning, Climatological Processes
Keywords: Flooding, National Capital Region, Models, Management and Planning, Risk Assessment, Extreme Cilmatic Events
Principal Investigators: Behera, Pradeep K.; Casey, Michael J.; Galloway, Gerald
Federal Funds: $ 0
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 17,520
Abstract: It has been recognized that the downtown areas of Washington DC are at risk of severe flooding from the natural hazards such as extreme storm events and Atlantic hurricanes. The relatively flat areas of Potomac River flood plain and inadequate capacity of existing drainage system could exacerbate the flooding situation during such events resulting in disastrous impact to federal triangles, particularly to our nation's iconic treasures. Moreover, the global warming and climate change can increase the frequency of extreme events which is a major concern (IPCC, 2007). The lack of knowledge of flood potential, flood risk assessment and lack of preparedness against such natural hazard creates vulnerability to the District of Columbia and its neighboring region which is a major concern. In order to address the vulnerability of the District and its neighboring regions from the aforementioned natural hazards, a National Capital Region (NCR) Flood Risk Assessment Program has been proposed by three local universities that include University of Maryland (UMD), University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and George Mason University (GMU). This program would facilitate inter-university collaborative research, promote the application of existing knowledge to flood risk mitigation and increase the capabilities of disaster management. This will not only assist the federal, state and District agencies, and relevant private and public entities but also train the future engineers, water resources professionals and other relevant professional communities. As a part of the center, the District of Columbia Water Resources Research Institute (DC WRRI) which is located within the University of the District of Columbia, proposes this seed grant project to assist in developing the center and conduct initial studies. The researchers from UDC, particularly faculty members from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and other affiliated researchers will participate in developing proposals for extramural funding to create the center. The other specific tasks of this project is to collect and analyze the regional storm event data (i.e., District, Maryland and Virginia) and conduct a storm event analysis to identify the extreme events and their probabilities, collection of infrastructure data and analysis.

Progress/Completion Report, 2011, PDF

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