Global Experience with Coastal Resilience

Coastal communities are facing unprecedented challenges as populations continue to increase at unprecedented rates, and more people are moving to coastal cities. Today, according to the United Nations, more than half the world’s population live in coastal zones and three quarters of large cities are on the coast. With present day flooding and coastal erosion hazards set to be exacerbated by future climate change, the risks facing coastal populations and infrastructure will increase. Aging flood and coastal protection infrastructure is further exacerbating these challenges, as structures reach the end of their useful life, and no longer offer the standard of protection they are designed for. In today's Access Water blog, CH2M Global Technology Leader for Water Resources and Ecosystem Management Adam Hosking highlights these trends taking shape in coastal communities and discusses our integrated approach to implementing multi-dimensional coastal resilience solutions to protect people and property in coastal communities around the world.

Capturing Coastal Data with Shoreline and Nearshore Data System (SANDS)

Coastal environments are constantly changing, especially as seasons come and go—beach and shorelines rapidly erode during winter storms, only to be rebuilt and restored in more benign summer conditions. To distinguish between cyclic and progressive change, monitoring shoreline behaviour at regular intervals is critical to effectively manage and protect shorelines and local communities. In today's Access Water blog, CH2Mer Michael Stickley shares highlights from a project in Trinidad & Tobago, where our team is using CH2M’s shoreline and nearshore data system (SANDS) to monitor environmental changes and help protect the coastline. Read Michael's blog to learn more about SANDS and how this system can benefit coastal communities.

Next Generation of Flood Risk Modeling

Conference season is in full swing. This week, from May 31-June 5, the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) is hosting its Annual National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference, one of the most important floodplain conferences in the United States, brings together community, state and federal floodplain managers to learn the latest technologies available to mitigate and manage flood events. CH2M is pleased to sponsor this event and several of its employees will be presenting at the conference, including Dr. Richard Crowder, CH2M's Water and Environmental Management Services Lead for the UK Environment Agency, who will be speaking on next generation flood risk modeling tools, as well as on constructing and running automated hydrological and hydraulic models and producing flood maps. Read Dr. Crowder's blog to learn more about CH2M's participation in this year's conference and be sure to follow the conference activities and dialogue throughout the week on our social media channels.

Qualcomm, CH2M HILL and The City of Cincinnati Collaborate on Integrated Water Communications Solutions for SmartAmerica Challenge

The SmartAmerica Challenge, kicked off by the White House in 2013, encouraged companies to think about innovation and technology in a new way. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and CH2M HILL have been collaborating with the intent to develop sustainable connectivity solutions leveraging machine to machine (M2M) cellular technologies that will help water utilities improve water quality, receive reliable information and manage water resources in the City of Cincinnati. The project was presented at the SmartAmerica Expo, held in Washington, D.C., on June 11. Ken Thompson, CH2M HILL's Intelligent Water Solutions Deputy Director, discusses the project in his latest Access Water blog.

Software To Underpin Global Flood Risk Management

CH2M HILL's ISIS software suite for flood risk modelling, mapping and management provides users with flexible and cost-effective tools to help manage challenges and danger of flood risk. Utilized by numerous countries, the ISIS software is used to inform a large range of flood management decisions, including issues of flood warnings, setting design levels for new flood levees, and understanding how plausible ranges in future climates could impact flood risk. CH2M HILL's Alastair Sheppard and Vijay Jain share more about the tool and share case studies of the many benefits it provides users and communities.