Scenario-based Flood Risk Mapping – Tacoma Workshop


The purpose of this workshop is to evaluate the use of scenario-based flood risk mapping to better represent future conditions in a manner that they can effectively communicate potential future flood behavior, and allow users to determine tolerable levels of risk to infrastructure, within the context of a dynamic landscape. The outputs of this project will provide more realistic future risk assessments than are currently available.

The proposed workshop in Tacoma is designed to gather feedback and assess the usability of the preliminary flood scenario maps developed by our research team for Tacoma.  In this workshop, we seek to analyze preferences on representation of future changes influencing flood risk mapping through from participants.

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Proposed Schedule (8:00am-12:30pm)

8:00- 8:45am                        Continental Workshop

8:45am- 9:00am                 Workshop Introduction

9:00am- 9:45am                 Introduction and discussion of future flood scenarios

9:45am-10:00am               Coffee Break

10:00am-10:45am            Discussion of various “cartographic” options depicting future change scenarios.

Each option would also be accompanied with general hazards impact estimates developed using HAZUS 4.0. This session will end with a short survey (using clickers) of the participants to the preferred “cartographic” option and the “flooding scenario” option for future flood risk mapping.

10:45am- 11:00am           Coffee Break

11:00am- 11:45am           Focus group sessions, tasked with developing policies for mitigating future flood risks.

11:45am- 12:30pm          Wrap-up

12:30pm- 1:30pm             Lunch