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The Floods (#2)

The Washington, DC region faces severe flooding risks from a triple threat of heavy rain, downstream river flooding through Maryland, and ocean surges upriver from the Chesapeake Bay. How does all this water and flooding relate to climate change? From the National Mall to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, what steps are needed to protect our region and adapt to what’s coming? An expert roundtable conveys information, insight, and hope.


1) Sandra K. Knight, University of Maryland’s Center for Disaster Resilience
2) Marco Ciarla, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District
3) Astrid Caldas, Union of Concerned Scientists


Climate Change, Extreme Precipitation and Flooding: The Latest Science (2018), fact sheet by Union of Concerned Scientists
Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate (2018) report by the Union of Concerned Scientists
Flood Inundation Mapping Program (interactive), USGS/NWS/USACE/FEMA
D.C. Silver Jackets
Climate Ready DC: The District of Columbia’s Plan to Adapt to a Changing Climate
“What Happens When a Superstorm Hits DC?” by Justin Nobel, Rolling Stone, 9/21/17
Come High Water: A Special Report by Chesapeake Quarterly and Bay Journal (October 2014 issue)
Citizens’ Climate Radio Ep. 26: In Deep Water (2018)
The Water Will Come (2017), book by Jeff Goodell

“The Floods” aired live on August 13th, 2018 as the second episode of Climate Seasons, Julie Hantman’s quarterly radio series on Takoma Radio WOWD 94.3 FM (Takoma Park, MD) with live-streaming at