‘100-year’ floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood mapsby Princeton UniversityResearchers at Princeton University calculated flood risks for 171 counties across four regions: New England (green), mid-Atlantic (orange), southeast Atlantic (blue), and Gulf of Mexico (red). They found that what used to be considered 100-year floods will occur far more often depending on the location. Credit: Reza Marsooli et alA 100-year flood is supposed to be just that: a flood that occurs once every 100 years, or a flood that has a one-percent chance of happening every year.But Princeton researchers have developed new maps that predict coastal flooding for every county on the Eastern and Gulf Coasts and find 100-year floods could become annual occurrences in New England; and happen every one to 30 years along the southeast Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shorelines.”The historical 100-year floods may change to one-year floods in Northern coastal towns in the U.S.,” said Ning Lin, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University.In a new paper published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers combined storm surge, sea level rise, and the predicted increased occurrence and strength in tropical storms and hurricanes to create a map of flood hazard possibility along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. Coastlines at northern latitudes, like those in New England, will face higher flood levels primarily because of sea level rise. Those in more southern latitudes, especially along the Gulf of Mexico, will face higher flood levels because of both sea level rise and increasing storms into the late 21st century.
The High, Regressive Costs Imposed by Electric VehiclesTwo UC Berkeley economists evaluated whether to charge electric vehicles a mileage fee since they pay no fuel taxes. A study from the Mineta Institute evaluated the impact of new EV registration fees and increased fuel taxes in California.August 1, 2019, 9am PDT | Irvin Dawid Share Tweet LINKEDIN EMAIL COMMENTS JosjeNShutterstockTwo studies into the costs of electric vehicles were released in July. Laura Bliss, CityLab’s west coast bureau chief, reports on an economics study by the Energy Institute at BerkeleyHaas (source article), while Melanie Curry, editor of Streetsblog California, evaluates the findings of a Mineta Transportation Institute on the financial impact of zero-emission vehicles in California.
Projects: Five ThemesFrom New York City to Jining, China, These Projects Exemplify the Principle of Designing with NatureEdited by Frederick Steiner, Richard Weller, Karen M’Closkey, and Billy Fleming The projects featured in this article are excerpted from Design with Nature Now. They were selected for the book because each in some way narrows the gap between theory and practice and opens up a wider horizon for the future of landscape architecture.