Resilient Futures: Imperial Beach
A wave and flood forecast project
The City of Imperial Beach is a low-lying coastal community just north of the U.S.-Mexico border that is vulnerable to flooding, particularly as sea-level continues to rise. During seasonal peak tides and energetic wave events, the City already experiences flooding that impacts residents, businesses, and infrastructure.
OUR APPROACH & PARTNERS
The goal of the project is to upgrade the City of Imperial Beach's flood alert capabilities and to develop tools to better prepare stakeholders for sea-level rise. The project is being implemented in close collaboration with the City of Imperial Beach and is funded by the David C. Copley Foundation.
The dedicated observing network and modeling system is providing the information needed for accurate, early flood warnings for vulnerable locations throughout the city, as well as the baseline information needed to develop and evaluate future sea-level rise adaptation strategies.
Our research team is documenting the relative contributions of tides, waves, and sea level for coastal flooding events around the city in an effort to relate wave and water level conditions to historic and ongoing flooding events at Imperial Beach.
Click here to see our analysis of historic flooding events in Imperial Beach.