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Modeling of Flood Hazards & Geomorphic Impacts of Levee Breach & Dam Failure


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Description:
Large flood waves resulting from the failure of dams and levees cause loss of life, human suffering, and destruction of properties and ecosystems for hundreds of miles, e.g., the Malpasset dam failure in France, Teton dam failure in the USA and the levee breaches in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. The breach formation, propagation of flood waves and the erosion and deposition of bed material have been investigated individually in the past because of lack of facilities or very specialized individual expertise although these are strongly inter-dependent phenomena. The proposed research on erosion, deposition, and transport of sediment including the mobilization of the bed following levee or dam failure will be conducted in a unified manner to provide a complete and accurate picture of resulting flood hazard and the associated geomorphic impacts.


Participating Institution(s):
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University of South Carolina, Columbia (Lead)
Instituto Superior Tecnico
South Carolina State University
Universit├ę catholique de Louvain
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayag├╝ez

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Academic Disciplines:
Civil & Environmental Engineering

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)


Page last updated 7/18/2016
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