The Studies of Precipitation, flooding, and Rainfall Extremes Across Disciplines (SPREAD) workshop: An interdisciplinary research and education initiative
The workshop included presentations and discussions with prominent researchers and practitioners, discussions of potential future research projects, and visits to historical flood sites in northern Colorado. This presentation will highlight some of the initiatives and discussions that were launched at the SPREAD workshop. Two recurring themes from the workshop will be explored: presentations and interpretations of flood probabilities and return periods; and methods for identifying and quantifying the impacts of extreme precipitation and flooding on different populations. An overview of the research projects that were launched from the workshop will also be discussed, as will the perspectives of the participants on the effectiveness and usefulness of this interdisciplinary community-building. The participants from SPREAD will reconvene in 2014 to provide progress updates on these research projects and initiate additional research and education plans.