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Flooding in the Urban Environment

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Envelope curve of flood peak magnitudes for the eastern US includes numerous urban floods with relatively short return intervals.

“Climatology” of urban floods is directly linked to the climatology of warm season thunderstorm systems. Characteristic life cycle of warm season thunderstorm systems that produce flash floods in the urban corridor of the eastern US. Striking heterogeneity of runoff over the urban environment, linked to the history of development. Urban infrastructure plays a key role in flood wave propagation for extreme floods in urban rivers. How does the urban environment affect the evolution of warm season thunderstorm systems, including the distribution of extreme rain rates? How do flood hazards vary over urban regions?
 
Jim Smith from Princeton University shares findings from his research on the topic.
 
Language: English

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