ATHENS CLARKE-COUNTY FLOOD INEQUITIES

Partners: ATT, UGA IRIS

Key researchers: Shana Jones, Brian Bledsoe, Mark Risse

Project description: Using climate data provided by AT&T via the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems examined how flooding in Athens, Georgia, impacts communities differently. The study found that flooding impacts low-income and minority communities to a much more severe extent than other areas of the town–Black, Hispanic and low-income communities faced a flood risk anywhere from 38% to 185% higher than the average risk. Researchers also examined how flood risks might change as climate change worsens flooding and identified areas at risk in the future.

Project goal: To identify how flooding within ACC impacts communities differently and identify areas where flood risks might change as climate change worsens flooding.

Project status/outcomes: Complete