Impact of climate change on flood frequency and intensity in Washington, DC and its vegetation: a casestudy of the Potomac River and Anacostia River

Chen, Ying, Environmental Sciences - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Macko, Stephen, Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

Heavy precipitation often leads to flooding, causing various adverse consequences, including dam breaks, farmland inundation, property damage, and loss of life, making it a prevalent natural disaster worldwide. With the benefits of timely monitoring and comprehensive coverage, remote sensing has become an essential tool for assessing flood impact. As natural disasters rise worldwide, concerns have grown about the potential link between sea-level rise and flood frequency and whether particular regions are more susceptible to these risks. This research delves into the relationship between sea-level rise and flood frequency, aiming to pinpoint the most vulnerable areas. Additionally, our study explores how floods affect vegetation in the Washington, D.C. region. By leveraging published reports, Excel, remote sensing, and ArcGIS tools. The research thoroughly analyzes flood-prone areas to ascertain the significance of this relationship. The findings of this study may assist in evaluating flood events and provide insight for future research.

MA (Master of Arts)
Flood Frequency , Climate Change, Potomac River, Anacostia River
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