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Unit 8: Extreme Hydroclimatic Events: Floods and Droughts
Unit 8 covers the basics of hydroclimatic extreme events with a focus on floods and droughts. Topics include introduction to floods and droughts, impact of urbanization on extremes, how to understand and predict extremes, how to tackle them (management strategies), and elements of urban climate resilience.
Read/Scan the following articles on flood frequency:
- 100 Year Flood - It's all About Chance poster from USGS
- The 100-Year Flood Fact Sheet 229-96 from USGS
- Floods: Recurrence intervals and 100-year floods (USGS) from USGS Water Science School
Be ready to learn on the topics of:
- Fundamentals of floods, droughts, urban resilience
- Flood planning activity with Rational Method
- Drought analysis using real world examples with geospatial data
- Classroom discussion questions in a group setting (subject to grade):
- What do we mean by "doing a statistical analysis" for extreme events and why it is necessary?
- How does climate change affect the current understanding of and potential measures to tackle extreme events?
- Thoughts on how the urban system can be more resilient to uncertain extreme events