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Scientists get $2.8 million to study flood resilience

Social ecology and engineering researchers get $2.8 million NSF grant to translate science into action on climate change-related challenges, including rising sea levels and urban flooding.

December 2, 2013

UC Irvine researchers recently received a $2.8 million award from the National Science Foundation as part of its Science, Engineering & Education for Sustainability initiative to address rising sea levels. The UC Irvine project, called Flood-Resilient Infrastructure & Sustainable Environments, or FloodRISE, will build a broad knowledge base for flood resilience; articulate a strategy for more effectively translating climate science into actionable information to catalyze behavioral change; and advance understanding of whether, and to what extent, parcel-level flood data can contribute to more flood-resilient communities. The modeling team is led by Brett Sanders, chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Richard Matthew, professor of planning, policy & design and director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, heads a group that includes fellow faculty members Victoria Basolo, David Feldman, Douglas Houston, and more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate students over the next four years. Abby Reyes, director of academic sustainability initiatives, leads the research integration and impact team.