Managing flood risk with climate change in the 21st century: lessons from the USA

Date & time

1–2pm 3 October 2014


Forestry lecture theatre Forestry Building #48, Linnaeus Way, ANU Talk is followed by light refreshments


Professor Gerry Galloway


 Louise Booth
 +61 2 6125 4882

The last two decades in the United States have seen hurricanes and storms that have brought heavy loss of life and catastrophic property damages to much of the country.  At the same time, there is growing agreement that climate change is occurring. Hydrologic stationarity has been declared dead, greatly complicating flood analysis.  Questions have arisen about the operations of existing dams and other flood structures and the ability of current flood mitigation measures to deal with the potential consequences of climate change and extreme events.  The federal government is developing guidelines to increase the resilience to such events.  While efforts to maintain existing structural flood protection measures such as dams and levees continue, the national focus is shifting to development of portfolios of both structural (dams, levees) and non-structural measures (land-use planning, building codes, early warning systems, evacuation, flood-proofing, flood insurance, and nature based systems such as wetland flood water storage and coastal dune development.  A balanced approach to flood risk management is becoming a reality.


Gerry Galloway, PE, PhD, is a Glenn L Martin Institute Professor of Engineering and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland where he teaches and conducts research in national water resources policy and management, flood mitigation, and disaster management. He has served as a consultant to national and international government and business organizations. He is currently a member of the Louisiana Governor’s commission on coastal protection, an advisor to The Nature Conservancy on its Yangtze River Program and to the WWF-China Flood Risk Management Initiative, a member of a team studying the impacts of climate change and dam construction in the Mekong River Basin and was recently appointed by The Secretary of State as one of three inaugural Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Fellows. He has been Presidential appointee to the Mississippi River Commission and was assigned to the White House to lead a study of the 1993 Mississippi River Flood. He served in the US Army for 38 years retiring as a Brigadier General and Dean of Academics at West Point. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration

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