The Alberta floods of 2013 were devastating. One of the ways that we can protect ourselves from disasters events is by understanding our vulnerabilities, by getting all of the variables and shoring up our problem areas—improving our resiliency.
We performed a groundbreaking study for the Province of Alberta that gathered a massive amount of data. Our team analyzed rainfall, climate change, streamflow, and watershed characteristics across the Province. We investigated rivers, gathering data from as far back as 1999, and we focused particularly on the relationship between the storms that cause floods and the resulting degree of the floods themselves.
This study will help us more accurately predict flood emergencies. To proactively mitigate flood effects by identifying specific problem areas, and dealing with them before a flood event becomes a disaster.