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Projects and Programs

Our research and networking opportunities in the coming months will focus on:

  • A flooded countryside.Understanding flood risk and impacts on communities and individuals:
    • Examining the barriers to acting to reduce flood risk at the home and community level, and tailoring communication to overcome these barriers. 
    • Developing and sharing flood maps and materials through partnerships with industry and municipalities.
    • Incorporating social vulnerability into flood maps to assist municipalities in targeting mitigation and outreach activities.
    • Investigating the benefit of investment in flood mitigation measures prior to an event.
    • Investigating the new interplay of flood insurance and disaster relief.
  • Acting on flood risk:
    • Developing communication approaches that drive action at the home and community level to become aware of extreme weather events, and prepare at home, at work, and at play.
    • Working with community partners to offer workshops on community resiliency, identifying vulnerabilities and assets to collaboratively prepare for events before they happen.
    • Working with community partners on personal actions that remove water at the property-level, while also beautifying neighbourhoods and driving behavioural change through neighbour-to-neighbour connections.
    • Creating capacity on green infrastructure development planning and tools for flood and drought management in rural communities.
    • Sharing information on flood risks, personal protection, and risk transfer through our website, FloodSmartCanada.ca.
    • Investigating the potential for social media to not just share information on preparedness, but to share emergency information during a flood event.
    • Assessing public policy changes to strengthen adaptation and flood resiliency.
  • Working with our stakeholders to bridge gaps in flood knowledge and provide concrete opportunities for collaboration, interaction, and sharing of ideas and best practices.
  • Partnering with First Nations communities to assess their particular flood risk, and community-specific initiatives and training programs to tackle this risk.
  • Partnering with communities and provincial governments to examine the full social and economic cost of flood events.
  • Determining the potential reduction in flood risk for homes following installation of flood mitigation infrastructure.

Publications

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Media

05/26/18 – Global News Vancouver 

05/13/18 – Journal of Commerce

05/07/18 - CBC Afternoon Drive (Southwestern Ontario)

05/08/18 - CREA Café blog

    If you would like additional information, please contact us at p4a.info@uwaterloo.ca.