Weston Roundtable: Daniel Wright
The Riddle of Flood Hazards in a Changing World
Thursday, March 30, 2017
We distinguish between flood hazards (geophysical processes) and flood risks, (socioeconomic consequences). Recent trends in risk have been driven by increased exposure of people and infrastructure. Changes in hazards are less clear. Hazards comprise several ingredients, including precipitation, land cover, and soil moisture, which can influence and be influenced by climate change and other human activities. We will examine how these ingredients are changing, focusing mainly on the Midwest.