PCC 10th Annual Public Lecture (2011)- Larry Schick, "Flood of Problems: Managing Big Water in Western Washington"

Start Date/Time: Monday, April 18, 2011, 7:00 PM
Ending Date/Time: Monday, April 18, 2011, 8:20 PM
Location: Kane Hall, Room 120

DVD Recording available upon request; contact Miriam Bertram, uwpcc@u.washington.edu.

This event is open to the public, however seating is limited, and those interested are encouraged to arrive early.

The UW Program on Climate Change is pleased to announce its 10th annual public lecture to be presented by Lawrence J. Schick, Meteorologist-Water Management, US Army Corps of Engineers Seattle.


The Pacific Northwest is a land of mild rainfall and stunning mountain landscapes. But, occasionally, the character of that rainfall demonstrates a punishing intensity. When high rainfall intensity becomes concentrated by the steep Cascade Mountains, the runoff produces major floods in western Washington. Those storms cause huge flood risk management challenges. The complexities and uncertainties of NW weather and hydrology are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in Seattle. The Corps provides flood risk management by operating dams and coordinating emergency management.

Many difficult questions, judgments and choices arise when practicing flood risk management. Are big floods changing and what is the cause? What is the role of land use, climate change and snow melt in flooding? We'll explore the top NW flooding myths, while you'll discover the singular cause of all major floods. Several major floods, in the past eight years, will be used as examples of how food risk is managed with different and changing conditions. Understand how flood risk management tools are used and critical decisions are made, while we weave through a review of recent, historic floods in Western Washington. The presentation promises a lively blend of science, flood risk management strategy and human interactions with the powerful forces of nature.

About Larry Schick

Larry Schick is a meteorologist in Water Management for the Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle.

Larry received a B.S. degree in Earth Science/ Weather Analysis and Forecasting from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff in 1975. He began his career as a cartographer, and then worked for five years as a broadcast meteorologist in Monterey, California. He moved to Seattle in 1983 to continue his career as a broadcast meteorologist for KING TV and others from 1983-2003. He is also an award winning environmental, science and outdoor reporter. He was hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2003. He was named Seattle District "Scientist of the Year" in 2009 and "Innovator of the Year" in 2010. He recently initiated and co authored a peer-reviewed research paper: "Flooding in Western Washington: The Connection to Atmospheric Rivers."

He is an avid deep powder skier, bike commuter and likes to travel. He sums it up like this. "The strong bond between outdoor recreation, my career and my weather forecasting/geology education cannot be overstated"

Cost: FREE, no advanced registration needed.

Information: UW Program on Climate Change, 206-543-6521 or uwpcc@u.washington.edu

Location and Directions
Kane Hall is located on the north side of Red Square on the UW Seattle campus. Link to campus map showing location. Paid parking is available in the Central Plaza Garage below Kane Hall.

Driving Directions: From I-5, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn east onto NE 45th Street. Continue east about one quarter mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Avenue three blocks to NE 41st Street. Turn left at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage. Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage for directions and a parking permit.

Transit Information: There are more than 60 bus routes from all over King and Snohomish counties serving the University District. For more information on taking a bus to the UW, visit the King County's Trip Planner site.