Novel Computing Techniques Aid First Responders; Connected Vehicles Can Predict Flooding; Robotic Device Detects Leaks in Plastic, Metal Pipes; Sound Used to Manage Landfill Gas Collection
New developments in disaster response, rainfall tracking, water-leak detection, and landfill gas collection are highlighted....

Transformative Tunnel
The design of the new State Route 99 tunnel improves safety and mobility along Seattle's waterfront. Its design overcomes settlement and seismic challenges, incorporates a one-pass segmental liner, and...

Pumping Up Flood Defenses
Completed in April 2018, the $731-million Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps project represents the final component of the overall Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System that serves the greater...

Dry Dams in the Desert: Chasing Land Subsidence and Earth Fissures with Geophysics
Homogenous embankment dam flood retention structures (FRSs) were built throughout central Arizona desert basins in the mid-twentieth century to protect mostly agricultural lands and military installations...

Helicopter-Based Geophysical Reconnaissance of Levees: A Faster, Cost-Effective Tool for Assessing Their Risk
As with much of the nation's infrastructure, people are becoming more and more aware of the condition of levee systems in the United States. The media cast a spotlight on the New Orleans levee failures...

Paleoflood Analyses For Dam and Levee Safety Assessments: Was that Really the "500-Year Flood"?
What is paleoflood hydrology? How are paleofloods analyzed? What are common paleoflood results? What are the implications of paleoflood analyses?...

Forensic Investigations Get to the Facts: East Side IHNC Flood Wall Breaches during Hurricane Katrina
I served as a geotechnical expert for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) supporting the defense of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) against alleged professional negligence in its design of the...

Compliance with the Standard of Care: Hurricane Katrina Canal Breaches in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward
On August 29, 2005, more than 50 levees and flood walls failed to protect New Orleans, LA, during Hurricane Katrina, one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the U.S. mainland. Among the failures,...

The Case for Tolerable Risk Guidelines to Manage Flood Risk: Nature Bats Last
Since ancient times, people have used levees to reduce flood risk. We have built over 30,000 miles of levees in the U.S., largely on the belief that levies will unconditionally protect people who live...

Wider and Deeper
A key component of the recent Panama Canal expansion involved the widening and deepening of Gatun Lake, the artificial lake that serves as the canal's reservoir, and the deepening of the Culebra Cut (also...

Dry Dams and the Dayton Flood of 1913: The Origins of Integrated Systems Engineering Concepts
This article examines the history of integrated flood protection with particular focus on the 1913 Dayton Flood....

Appendix B Exploring Flood Nonstationarity in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions of the United States
Back matter pages come after the papers or chapters in a published work. This back matter contains exploring flood nonstationarity in the southeast and mid-atlantic regions of the united states....

Multi-scale Health Assessment for Effective Levee Management
Researchers are working on developing a new health assessment framework with the potential to modernize our ability to monitor, manage, and ensure the safety of levees and other systems...

The Impact of Climate Change on the National Flood Insurance Program

Flood Risk Management in 2050

Flood Warning System for the Sutlej River in Remote Northern India
Through a collaborative effort of the Central Water Commission (CWC) of India, the U.S. Agency for International Development (which provided funding for the project), Riverside Technology,...

Summary of Approaches for Estimating Playa Lake Flooding
Playa, or terminal, lakes are common in semi- and arid environments; and their characteristic level, hard, and usually dry surfaces make them ideal for airports, as they are used in the...

Effects of Impervious Area Estimation Methods on Simulated Peak Discharges
The variability of simulated flood discharges is evaluated using two methods for estimating impervious surfaces and common design methods in the Mission Creek watershed (31 sq km) located...

Floodplain Delineation of the Ranillas Meander in Zaragoza Using GUAD-2D
After the selection of Zaragoza (Spain) as the host city of the International Expo 2008, the Gobierno de Aragón (i.e., the local government)...

Pioneer Square Areaways
Pioneer Square, one of the earliest neighborhoods in Seattle, is adjacent to Elliott Bay. Much ofthis part of the city originally was built on existing land that used to get flooded. When...

 

 

 

 

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