Gilbert F. White Lecture Series


2013 Lecture

Steven L. Stockton, Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

May 7, 2013 | 6:00 PM | Room 100 | Keck Center | 500 5th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Introduction: Gerry Galloway (NAE), University of Maryland

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Damages and loss of lives due to natural disasters, particularly flooding, is on the rise. The number of reported flood events has increased from ~ 250 per decade in the 1970s to more than 1,700 during the first decade of the 21 Century. All indications are that this trend will continue.

Managing flood risks is a complex endeavor. Determining flood risks at any given location entails evaluating how high waters might rise as well as the vulnerability of people and assets in a flood's pathway. Assessing a communities' resiliency to return to pre-flood conditions must also be considered. Local governments, households, and businesses are key decision-makers regarding choices that affect flood risk and should be involved in planning processes.

Join Steve Stockton as he explores the key principles in managing flood risks, including a new set of operating principles established by the agencies involved in the Hurricane Sandy Recovery.



Previous Lectures:

2011 Lecture

Dr. Diana Liverman, The University of Arizona

"Geography and Global Environmental Change: Climate Risks and the Challenge of Development" (PDF)

February 10, 2011 | 6:00 PM | Room 100 | Keck Center | 500 5th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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2009 Lecture 

Dr. Rita Colwell, University of Maryland
"Climate, Oceans, and Human Health: The Saga of a Cholera-Chaser"

2008 Lecture

Dr. Gerry Galloway, University of Maryland
"Managing American Water Resources: Recognizing the Realities of Geography"

2007 Inaugural Lecture

Dr. Robert Kates, Independent Scholar
"Gilbert F. White, 1911-2006, Great Aspirations: Local Studies, National Comparisons, Global Challenges"