Community Flood Risk Management Workshop

  • Disaster Relief

The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate discussions on how to enhance communities' resilience to flood disasters.

About this Event
This National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored workshop will take place on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Live Oaks Center at UCF. Lunch will be provided for workshop attendees. The purpose of this workshop is to bring researchers, practitioners, and students together to discuss the challenges associated with mitigating flood hazards, current developments in the field of community flood risk management, and ideas on how to improve communities’ resilience to future flood disasters.

The workshop will include the following six presenters:

Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, PhD: Dr. Sadiq is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. He received his joint PhD in Public Policy from Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on organizational disaster preparedness and mitigation, risk perceptions of man-made and natural hazards, community resilience to floods, and collaborative governance. In 2016, Dr. Sadiq and Dr. Noonan were awarded an NSF grant to study ways to enhance community resilience to floods in general and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Community Rating System in particular.

Doug Noonan, PhD: Dr. Noonan is a Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a Visiting Research Scholar in the Program of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Virginia Tech. He received his PhD in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on a variety of policy and economics issues related to the urban environment, neighborhood dynamics, and quality-of-life. He joined SPEA after spending more than a decade on the faculty at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech.

Sam Brody, PhD: Dr. Brody is a Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston and is the Director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores. He received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Brody’s research focuses on coastal environmental planning, spatial analysis, flood mitigation, climate change policy, and natural hazards mitigation. In 2015, Dr. Brody received an NSF grant to establish a comprehensive, multiscale approach to understanding how to reduce risk and vulnerability to damaging coastal floods.

Craig Landry, PhD: Dr. Landry is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD in Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Maryland. His research focuses on natural resource economics, nonmarket valuation, experimental economics, applied econometrics, and coastal resources management. In 2015, Dr. Landry received an NSF grant to analyze the ways in which coastal processes and economic decisions about land use and coastal engineering interact to determine the nature and timing of adaptation to climate risk.

Shannon Cunniff, MA: Ms. Cunniff leads the Environmental Defense Fund's coastal resilience program. She received her Masters in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her areas of expertise include ecosystems, coastal resilience, climate adaptation, natural infrastructure, rivers and deltas, and water engineering. Ms. Cunniff was previously the deputy director of the Interagency Floodplain Management Review Committee, formed by the White House in the wake of the 1993 Midwest floods, to address national policy and program implementation issues related to flooding and flood risk management. Ms. Cunniff also served as the Environmental Protection Agency’s national expert on federal water resources programs and as the Environmental Protection Agency's liaison to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Kevin Mickey, MPI, GISP: Mr. Mickey is the Director of Professional Development and Geospatial Technology Education at the Polis Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He received his Masters in Planning from Indiana University. Mr. Mickey has nearly 30 years of consulting experience for multiple US federal agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Geological Survey, National Library of Medicine, and many state and local government, private sector, academic, and not-for-profit entities. Mr. Mickey is currently working on a book, "Geospatial Technologies and Flood Risk Modeling," to be published by Taylor and Francis Press.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Live Oaks Center is located on the campus of UCF. Visitors to the UCF campus must purchase a daily or hourly parking permit. Daily or hourly permits can be purchased at the Visitor and Parking Information Center or in each parking garage. Workshop attendees should park in Garage B.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Jenna Tyler at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need a printed ticket to attend the workshop.