Coastal Flooding: Understanding the Hazard and Protecting Communities
Room 2325 Rayburn 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Coastal flooding or storm surge is the inundation of the land along
the coast by sea waters above normal tide levels driven by severe storms
or hurricanes. Significant storm surge can create a dome of water that
is 25 feet or more at its peak and 50 to 100 miles wide. As shown by
hurricanes Katrina and Rita, storm surge and associated wave impact
can be extremely powerful, causing many fatalities, devastation to coastal
communities, economic losses and coastal erosion. About 50% of the U.S.
population lives within 50 miles of the coast and our ever-changing
coastlines also provide an economic base for many industries. This briefing
will describe the lessons learned about storm surge from modeling and
direct observations of recent hurricanes, how natural barriers provide
protection, how man-made levees can provide a false sense of security
and how coastal zone management must balance economic and environmental
concerns while protecting coastal communities.
Speakers and their presentations
Moderator: Pam Pogue, State Floodplain Program Manager, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and President of the Association of State Floodplain Managers
Virginia Burkett, Associate Regional
Chief Biologist, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS and Chief,
Forest Ecology Branch, National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette,
Clive Q. Goodwin, Assistant Vice President,
Manager Flood Underwriting / Engineering, FM Global Insurance Company,
Johnston, Rhode Island
Speakers from left to right: Clive Goodwin, Audra Luscher, Pam Pogue (moderator), Judy Gray, Virginia Burkett
Sponsors for the briefing include
the following members of the Hazards Caucus Alliance:
Information about the speakers
Pam Pogue is the recently elected chair of the National Association of State Floodplain Managers and the State Program managers for the National Flood Insurance Program in Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Government and Economics from Georgetown University, a Masters degree in Oceanography and Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).
Judy Gray is a leader of NOAAs Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, which includes NOAAs Hurricane Research Division, a research laboratory with 150 employees who study hurricane dynamics and forecasting, climate monitoring and prediction, and oceanic and atmospheric chemistry. She is a member of NOAA's Coastal Storms Program management team. She holds a Bachelors degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.
Virginia Burketts current research involves climate change impacts in coastal regions. She was formerly the Director and Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. She serves as the lead author on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II. Burkett was recently appointed Coordinator, Climate Change Science, for the U.S. Geological Survey. She received her PhD in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Clive Goodwin manages flood underwriting and engineering for commercial and industrial property insurer FM Global. He was instrumental in forming the Flood Risk Education Alliance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Army Corps of Engineers and other organizations to address public and private sector concerns about levees. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy from Manchester University, England.
Audra E. Luscher has worked on coastal hazards and resource management in North Carolina and Maryland for the past five years. She holds a Bachelors degree in Marine Biology from California State University at Long Beach and a Masters in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
The Alliance invites your participation in the briefing and in future Caucus events. For more information, contact Maeve Boland.at 703-379-2480 ext. 228; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributed by Katie Ackerly and Linda Rowan, AGI Government Affairs Staff
Posted: October 25, 2005
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