HMT joined over 300 participants in the annual Floodplain Management Association conference in Santa Clara, CA September 2-5, 2014. The annual conference brings together water managers, floodplain management professionals, and other stakeholders to discuss strategies for reducing flood risk and developing sustainable floodplains.
The 2014 conference included sessions devoted to a variety of topics on flood mitigation strategies and new modeling/visualization methods for water resource managers and other end users. HMT participated in a panel discussion devoted to improved monitoring and prediction of extreme rainfall events, forecasting floods, and applying information to reduce flood risk in the San Francisco Bay area. Other panel participants included the National Weather Service, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Ventura County Watershed Protection District, and West Consultants. The panel discussed current techniques for rainfall and flood prediction, visualization of flood forecast uncertainty, how information can be integrated with existing tools used by water agencies, and future methods to improve prediction of heavy rainfall events in the Bay area. HMT was also highlighted in a separate panel discussion on atmospheric rivers that noted their involvement with the City of San Francisco to develop an Advanced Quantitative Precipitation Information System.
Contact: Rob Cifelli