Resilient NJ Raritan River and Bay Communities used the results from the visioning process and shared priorities shared by the community to develop a flood impact assessment. See results below
What is Risk?
Risk is the potential for a hazard to have negative impacts. For flooding, this means the potential for water to damage and disrupt our communities. Flood risk is the interaction between flood hazards, where people live, and the systems and structures that support our way of life. Risk increases when the hazard increases, such as by climate change, or when more people and their belongings appear in harm’s way. For instance, the more people affected or the more critical a system is, the higher the risk.
What Types of Flood Hazards Should We Be Concerned About?
The Resilient NJ Raritan River and Bay Communities are exposed to a variety of flood hazards. These hazards vary in terms of the source of flooding, affect different areas, and require different strategies to address them.
HOW WILL CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASE FLOOD HAZARDS?
The Raritan River and Bay Communities will be impacted by climate change in a variety of ways. This includes changes in everyday conditions, such as tides and average temperatures, as well as more frequent and severe coastal storms, severe rain events, and heat waves.
Sea Level Rise:
Sea level rise will increase the height of tides, leading to more tidal flooding and increasing water levels during a coastal storm. While climate research indicates that changes in ocean temperatures may lead to more frequent and stronger tropical storms, this impact is less predictable and harder to project.
Increased precipitation will lead to increased rainfall flooding and riverine flooding.
How can we understand the impact of flooding?
If nothing is done to protect the region from flooding, the impacts of flooding already seen in the RRBC region will increase with climate change.
If nothing is done to protect the region from flooding, the impacts of flooding already seen in the RRBC region will increase with climate change. Resilient NJ Raritan River and Bay Communities used the results from the visioning process and shared priorities shared by the community to develop a flood impact assessment. The assessment considered the people, buildings, and critical places in at risk from various sources of flooding over multiple scenarios. Click here to learn more about what is at risk
HOW CAN WE AFFECT THESE RISKS?
Each individual can have an impact on the level of risk in his or her community.
COMMUNITY PLANNING DECISIONS THAT DETERMINE HOW LAND IS USED WITHIN THE FLOODPLAIN CAN AFFECT FLOOD RISK.
Importantly, the everyday actions of people also can help reduce flood risk. Knowing the risk you face and developing a plan for what to do in a flood is an easy step that you and all the people in your community can take to reduce risk. Talking to your friends and neighbors and spreading information about flood risk can also make your community better prepared.
We developed a toolkit of various solutions to help identify potential tools that we will draw on for the development of the scenarios.
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