Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering Science


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Slobodan P. Simonovic



Flooding has devastating physical, social, economic and environmental consequences. It is important to identify and understand the evolution of these risks as climate changes. Most municipal infrastructure is designed using historical data which may no longer accurately represent current climate conditions. As a result, municipalities may be at greater risk of flood damage. The purpose of this study is to develop and test a municipal-level risk assessment methodology considering climate change-caused impacts of flooding. Floodplain maps derived from climate, hydrologic and hydraulic analyses provide direct input into risk assessment procedure. Inundated infrastructure and high risk areas are identified in tables and maps for each climate scenario using quantitative and qualitative risk calculations. The developed risk assessment methodology is applied as a case study to the City of London, Ontario, Canada. Results provide support for

climate change adaptation policy development, decision making and emergency management.



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