Initial Publication Date: September 9, 2020

Webinar: Teaching undergrads about floods: frequency, modeling, and mitigation

Thursday, September 17, 2020

12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET


Venkatesh Merwade (Purdue University)
Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

This webinar is part of the NAGT Webinar Series

Webinar Description

How do scientists and engineers determine flood hazards and make hazard maps? Join this webinar to learn ways to engage your undergraduate students in quantitatively analyzing and modeling flood hazards.

This webinar introduces instructors to Modeling Flood Hazards teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. In this module students learn to do determine flood frequency from gauging data and make flood hazard maps using HEC-RAS. They then apply their findings to identifying vulnerable societal infrastructure making mitigation recommendations to reduce risk.

Presenter will include insights from teaching this module online.

The module is appropriate for a variety of majors-level Earth and environmental science and engineering courses. It is particularly designed for hydrology courses but has also been taught in geomorphology and hazards-related courses.

Webinar Goals

At the end of this webinar, participants will know more about:

  • Teaching flood frequency analysis and flood modeling using remote sensing data and ArcMap
  • Strategies to engage students in determining flood hazards and mitigating societal risk
  • How to access the GETSI (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues) teaching resources


Click to view or download the webinar recording (MP4 Video 1116.3MB Sep18 20).


Teaching undergrads about floods presentation slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 38.8MB Sep18 20)