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ASFPM Foundation to hold a Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy forum this fall in D.C.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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&Viewshe 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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