Past Perspectives on River Environments 2: Flood Reconstructions in the Mississippi River Basin and the Western U.S.

Type: Paper
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
Sponsor Groups: Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group, Geomorphology Specialty Group, Biogeography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon B2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Lisa Davis, Sally Horn
Chairs: Sally Horn


Floods constitute one of the most globally pervasive and persistent natural hazards despite significant advances in meteorological and hydrological modeling and forecasting over the last 50 years. One issue that remains a barrier to flood prediction and the implementation of a flood resiliency framework for most locations is that instrumented river discharge records rarely span more than 100 years, and as a result, are not adequate for characterizing low frequency, extreme flow events. Recent events, such as Hurricane Harvey, highlight the critical need for longer records of floods, which only paleorecords can provide, to truly understand and assess risk associated with large flood events. This session aims to convene a broad community of researchers—geomorphologists, dendrochronologists, paleolimnologists, hydrologists, and others—working in different geographic locations using a variety of proxy methods to reconstruct fluvial processes and floods.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Matthew D Therrell*, University of Alabama, Tree-Ring Records of Mississippi River FLooding 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Jonathan W.F. Remo*, Department of Geography and Environmental Resources, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Matthew D. Therrell, Department of Geography, University of Alabama, Estimating discharges for historic floods along the middle and lower segments of the Mississippi River 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Natalie Trivino*, University of Denver, Michael Daniels, University of Denver, Robert Jarrett, USGS, Paleoflood Investigations and Physiographic Characteristics Associated with Susceptibility to Flooding in the Mountainous Colorado Front Range 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Michelle Goman*, Sonoma State University, B. Lynn Ingram, U.C. Berkeley, Frances Malamud-Roam, U.C. Berkeley, Reconstructing a Paleoflood History for the San Francisco Bay and Delta, California. 20 11:00 AM
Presenter Donald Sullivan*, University Of Denver, A Record of Late Holocene Paleomegafloods From Sacramento River Oxbow Lakes 20 11:20 AM

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