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USF, Dutch water officials to tackle Tampa' s flooding vulnerability
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USF, Dutch water officials to tackle Tampa' s flooding vulnerability

Tampa, FL -- Researchers at the University of South Florida and Dutch experts in water and planning for the hazards of urban flooding, storm surge and rising sea levels will meet in Resilient Tampa Bay, a three-day workshop focused on developing solutions to these threats.

As many as 200 participants will participate in the series of conversations aimed at creating an action plan to protect residents of the Tampa Bay region from potentially devastating flooding.

The experts from the Netherlands – where three out of five people live below sea level – are sharing their approaches in protecting infrastructure and neighborhoods, protecting the local economy and deriving economic benefits from proactive planning.

The event will be held at the Patel Center for Global Solutions, located at Alumni and Maple Drives on USF’s campus in Tampa.

In recent years, The Patel Center for Global Solutions at USF has hosted a series of workshops with Dutch officials learning how the low-lying portions of the Netherlands are built to withstand threats from rising waters.

The program is an outgrowth of USF’s partnership with UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, the Netherlands, the world’s preeminent institution on water education and research. In 2007, USF became the first American university to sign a memorandum of understanding with IHE to collaborate on research and education.

The event is free and open to the public, but participants must register by sending an email to Resilient Tampa Bay.

A complete agenda and additional information also can be found at Resilient Tampa Bay.com. Additional information on the partnership between the Netherlands and the United States in flood management can be found on this YouTube video.

Resilient Tampa Bay organizers plan to generate a targeted list of resiliency strategies that will help guide local governments, planning bodies and agencies tasked with responding to flooding over the next several decades.

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