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Natural Hazards Resilience Speakers Series: Dr. Gerald Galloway
April 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Dr. Gerald Galloway, University of Maryland – “The Growing Threat of Urban Flooding: A National Challenge”
Dr. Gerald Galloway will discuss his latest report, written in partnership with Dr. Sam Brody at Texas A&M University, The Growing Threat of Urban Flooding: A National Challenge. The report draws from available data concerning urban flooding, including the survey results from surveyed municipal flood and stormwater managers, and professionals whose disciplines intersect with urban flooding at the local, state, and national level. This report presents the results of that study, addressing issues that affect urban flood risk reduction, examining critical challenges, and offering recommendations for action.
Dr. Galloway is the Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His teaching and research focus is on disaster resilience and mitigation, sustainable infrastructure development, and water resources and energy policy and management under climate change.
From December 1993-July 1994 he was assigned to the White House to lead the Interagency Floodplain Management Review Committee in assessing the causes of the 1993 Mississippi River floods and in proposing a long-term approach to floodplain management. The final document is routinely referred to as “The Galloway Report” and strongly argued for a greater focus on limiting development in flood-prone areas.
He currently serves as a consultant to several federal and state and nongovernmental agencies on water resources policy development and flood risk management. In 2008, the Governor of Louisiana appointed him to his Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation and in 2014 the Governor of Maryland appointed him to the State Smart Coast Council. In 2014, he was appointed chair of an international panel of experts to examine the flooding threats to Florence, Italy and its art treasures and by the government of Singapore to a panel of experts advising on sea level rise challenges faced by that country. He is currently serving as a member of the US National Academies’ Resilience America Roundtable, a consultant on flood risk management for Army Corps of Engineers, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Task Committee on Flood Safety Policies and Practices, a consultant to The Nature Conservancy on its Yangtze River Program and the Natural Heritage Institute’s study of Climate Impacts of Dam Construction on the Mekong River Basin.
This event is being held in Room 317 of Bingham Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.