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Experts Discuss Urban Flood Risk Management at World Bank Roundtable

Published April 13, 2011
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ALEXANDRIA, VA—April 13, 2011. Drs. Joe Manous and Rolf Olsen of IWR gave presentations at an Experts Roundtable on Urban Flood Risk Management at the World Bank. The event took place on 17 March 2011. The purpose of the Roundtable was to discuss the World Bank’s “Global Urban Flood Risk Management Handbook.” The discussion focused on policy directions and technical themes to make the handbook more robust and usable.

Dr Manous spoke in the session on reducing and managing flood risk, presenting ”Flood Risk Reduction: Projects or Systems.” Dr Olsen discussed “Climate Change and Risk-Informed Decision Making” in the session on climate change. Roundtable attendees included experts with a wide range of scientific, engineering and policy disciplinary backgrounds. Geographic representation at the Roundtable was diverse, with participants from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Manous has identified, researched and developed strategic and operational initiatives to improve infrastructure resilience. Dr. Olsen is co-team lead of the USACE Responses to Climate Change Program. He works on developing and implementing approaches and policies to reduce potential vulnerabilities to water infrastructure from climate change. Their expertise can enhance the information in the Handbook for water managers.

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