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ASFPM Foundation to hold a Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy forum this fall in D.C.

Sep 1, 2015 | News & Views

ASFPM Foundation to
hold a Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy forum this fall in D.C.

What exactly IS “climate informed
science?” That is what the ASFPM Foundation hopes to answer in its one-day
forum, “Climate-Informed Sciences and Flood Risk Management-Opportunities and
Challenges.”

The foundation, as a catalyst to this
important discussion, is hosting the invitation only, policy forum to gather
approximately 100 of the nation’s leading experts from federal, state and local
agencies, private practitioners and academia, to articulate the three broad
categories of policy and budget, practitioner implementation and research.

The forum, which will be held Sept. 17
at George Washington University, will have participants separate into breakout
sessions and evaluate and propose recommendations to the Administration on
actions necessary to achieve the use of climate informed science. The goals are
to have methodologies that are reasonable and repeatable, and to the extent possible,
promote consistency in applications by agencies and practitioners. The
decisions made now are critical to our nation’s ability to manage flood risk,
recover from flooding and ensure we have properly invested in our structural
and nonstructural defenses due to a changing climate.

Doug Plasencia, ASFPM Foundation
president, announced the upcoming forum at ASFPM’s national conference this
June in Atlanta. Expanding further for News&Views, he said, “Executive Order 13690 is a significant advancement of
flood risk management policy, linking federal investment with a changing
climate. However there is much work to be done to quantify the ‘climate-informed sciences approach’ for the purpose of estimating flooding impacts. The
ASFPM Foundation’s purpose is to be a catalyst for advancing policy and science
and is well suited to be a host and catalyst to advance this essential
dialogue.”

If you’d like to read about past flood
policy forums the foundation has held, click here.

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