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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Development of a Forecast-based Flood and Health Risk Management System to Support Advanced Disaster Preparedness

This project will develop a novel forecast-based interactive online flood and health risk management system to support advanced disaster preparedness. To accomplish this, the research team will couple global flood and health risk prediction models and establish proactive management strategies, plans, and alternatives.

Development of an actionable flood and health risk prediction framework has the potential to radically improve existing disaster management practices, and save lives and resources by providing advanced preparedness and response strategies.

The team will work closely with the International Federation of the Red Cross and disaster management experts in Ethiopia, Peru, and Mozambique.

Principal Investigator

  • Paul Block
    Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Co-Principal Investigators

  • Kristen Malecki
    Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Donald Moynihan
    Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy
  • Jonathan Patz
    Professor and Director of the Global Health Institute
  • Justin Sydnor
    Associate Professor of Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance
  • Stephen Vavrus
    Senior Scientist at the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research