Local Politics and Flood Mapping: Implications for Climate Change Adaption

APA New York Upstate Chapter


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m. EDT

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Flooding is the most common and damaging of all natural disasters in United States, and climate change is exacerbating the problem. Accurate flood maps are critical to communicating flood risk to vulnerable populations, to mitigating and adapting to floods, and to the functioning of the federal flood insurance program. How does local politics shape the remapping process, and what does this suggest about the ability of communities to adapt to climate change going forward? I will argue that the conversation over flood remapping at the local level often centers on the costs of revising the flood hazard zones rather than the risks associated with flooding. This can lead to less than optimal responses by individuals and communities, and suggests that the U.S. is not adequately preparing for future climate change impacts.


Sarah Pralle

Invited Speaker


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Bill Nechamen, billnechamen@gmail.com