Workshop Theme

The broad field of flood disaster science and engineering is making important strides in addressing the consequences, impacts, and societal challenges of flooding in the face of growing stressors and uncertainties. As science advances, flood research continues to evolve in its own unique way to address science, engineering, and societal multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges. The 2023 Flood Crosscutting Initiative virtual meeting will focus on a new and concise roadmap for synthesizing the research outcomes and opportunities around identified focus areas. Please join us in sharing your discoveries, perspectives, and inspirations in flood disaster science and engineering as we continue to build toward a more resilient and sustainable global community for all.

The workshop will enable a community-driven approach to answering important research questions such as:

  • What changes in atmospheric and landscape systems control spatiotemporal variability of flooding?
  • What is the likely interplay of climate and catchment physical changes (indicators of abrupt system shifts) on flood occurrence and predictability?
  • What physical and hydrological factors dominate flood generation mechanisms across scales? And how these might be different in the combined flood generation mechanisms across the coastal, urban, and rural settings?
  • How do changes in climate system and land system (e.g., dam-induced land use changes, etc.) co-evolve and cascade from the atmosphere to the land surface and affect catchment susceptibility to flooding?
  • How does the sensitivity and uncertainty of flood simulations increase under non-stationarity?

The exploration of these questions by a diverse group of participants will yield a roadmap for possible future research opportunities around identified focus areas.