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Here's how cities can become more resilient to flooding

Flooding in a city, a more and more common sight as a result of rising temperatures caused by rising greenhouse gas emissions. Image: Unsplash/Juan Manuel Sanchez

Richard B. Rood

Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering and School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

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Extreme storms in mountainous regions like eastern Kentucky can quickly funnel floodwater into valleys, creating different hazards than flatter cities would face from the same storm. Image: Arden S. Barnes/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

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With higher temperatures come more severe storms that lead to flooding.
With higher temperatures come more severe storms that lead to flooding. Image: IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

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Even in a future with low greenhouse gas emissions, extreme precipitation events will be more likely in parts of the U.S. Image: National Climate Assessment 2018

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Examining case studies and past floods provides a way to consider future flooding events from an experience base of known community vulnerabilities.
Examining case studies and past floods provides a way to consider future flooding events from an experience base of known community vulnerabilities. In picture, Tim Edwards, facility manager for the National Archives Image: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images
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