Improving Flood Preparedness for British Columbians

Published on: July/August 2017

APEGBC engineers and geoscientists are helping communities in British Columbia prepare for hazardous flood events. Armed with new guidelines, professionals are optimizing the most current information and technologies available – including climate change projections – to map flood hazards, assess risks, and communicate them to communities.

In May 2017 APEGBC released the professional practice guidelines, Flood Mapping in BC. the guidelines provide clear direction for APEGBC members who prepare flood maps for rivers, creeks, and coastal areas around the province. The document describes data requirements and input, appropriate use and interpretation of data and flood modelling, and typical hazard assessment methods. In addition, it recommends including a combination of outputs from different climate and environmental simulations in flood maps.

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