"Virtual Research Seminar: Lake Ontario Flooding" Click here for information on the August 20, 2020 webinar
"Support for Community Preparedness to Flooding along Lake Ontario"

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Flooding in Sodus Bay in 2017. Credit: Coastal Flooding Survey Project, Cornell University and New York Sea Grant.

Contacts: 

Webinar presenter: Scott Steinschneider, Ph.D., Cornell University, P: 607-255-2155

Katherine Bunting-Howarth, NYSG Associate Director, E: keb264@cornell.edu,  P: 607-255-2832

Kara Lynn Dunn, NYSG Great Lakes Publicist, E: karalynn@gisco.net, P: 315.465.7578

Ithaca, NY, August 21, 2020 - On Thursday, August 20th (12-1 pm ET) New York Sea Grant (NYSG) offered a free one-hour webinar with Scott Steinschneider, Ph.D., of the Cornell University Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, detailing a parcel-level flood forecast risk management tool he has developed for use by communities along Lake Ontario and its embayments. The webinar was presented via Zoom: www.nyseagrant.org/researchseminars and Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/nyseagrant.

Lake Ontario has experienced two record-setting floods over the course of three years: 2017-2019. With funding from NYSG, Steinschneider has developed an inundation prediction model for rapid flood forecasting at weekly to monthly timescales. 

The model was developed with input from stakeholders that included reports and photos of the 2017 Lake Ontario flood damage to manmade structures and natural features; shoreline, bluff and dune erosion; septic and well impact; and power outages.

"The goal of this prediction model is to provide community planners and property owners with a parcel-level assessment of future flood risk to enhance local short-term preparedness planning and to help inform short-term emergency response," Steinschneider said.

"Dr. Steinschneider's flood risk prediction model is part of New York Sea Grant's ongoing resiliency-building effort to create science-based resources to help Great Lakes shoreline stakeholders better prepare and respond to extreme weather, high water, and intense water wave action from storm events," said New York Sea Grant Associate Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Ph.D., J.D., assistant director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, N.Y.

Other NYSG flood risk management and coastal resiliency-building resources for Lake Ontario shoreline stakeholders are available. The resources include: 

For more on Lake Ontario high water impact surveys, see www.nyseagrant.org/waterlevel2017, which is part of NYSG's "Great Lakes Coastal Communities" resource site, www.nyseagrant.org/ccd


NYSG’s inundation mapping tools help communities and coastal property owners enhance flooding preparedness. 

The August 20th "A Probabilistic, Parcel-Level Inundation Prediction Tool to Support Community Preparedness to Flooding along Lake Ontario" webinar, which can be streamed below, was part of New York Sea Grant's Summer 2020 Virtual Seminar Series. Recordings and additional info on previous and forthcoming seminars can be found at www.nyseagrant.org/researchseminars.



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