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Special Sessions
Sponsored by the Geomorphology Specialty Group
Association of American Geographers 103rd Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California, April 17-21.

Flood Hazards in the Central Valley, California; Panel Session

Panel Session 5244
Saturday, 4/21/07, from 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Sponsorship(s):

Geomorphology Specialty Group
Water Resources Specialty Group
Hazards Specialty Group

Organizer(s):

L Allan James - University Of South Carolina
Susan L. Cutter - University of South Carolina

Chair(s):

L Allan James - University Of South Carolina

Panelist(s):

Jeff Dozier - University of California - Santa Barbara
Roxane Fridirici - California State University, Sacramento
William L. Graf - University of South Carolina
Burrell E. Montz - Binghamton University
Michael Singer - University of California
Graham A. Tobin - University of South Florida
L Allan James - University Of South Carolina
Susan L. Cutter - University of South Carolina
Ralph Klinger - Bureau of Reclamation

Session Description: Natural hydrologic, geomorphic, and climatic factors, together with anthropogenic changes to the flood conveyance system and potential changes in flood probabilities combine to form a serious physical flood hazard in the Central Valley. In addition, rapid settlement and questions about levee coordination suggest that public safety is at an unprecedented high risk in the Valley. This session evaluates the hydrologic and geomorphic systems that control flooding, growing levels of social vulnerability, and the implications of these two converging conditions.

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