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Media Advisory: (second notice) ARkStorm: California’s other "Big One"
Released: 1/13/2011 10:47:25 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
John Bwarie 1-click interview
Phone: 626-318-5547

Leslie Gordon 1-click interview
Phone: 650-793-1534

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —For emergency planning purposes, scientists will unveil a California scenario that describes a catastrophic storm that could possibly overwhelm the state's flood protection system, and significantly disrupt statewide social and economic systems.

The "ARkStorm Scenario," prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey and released at the ARkStorm Summit in Sacramento this week, combines pre-historical geologic flood history in California with modern flood mapping and climate-change projections to produce a hypothetical, but plausible scenario aimed at preparing the emergency response community for this type of hazard.

What: Press conference with scientific experts to discuss the ARkStorm Scenario

When: Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, 12:15 p.m. PST

Where: Redwood Room, University Union, California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Sacramento, California
(A campus map showing the University Union building is available online)

Who: Dr. Marcia McNutt, USGS Director
Nancy Ward, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Mike Dayton, Acting Secretary, California Emergency Management Agency
Dr. Lucy Jones, USGS

Remote Access: An audio bridge will be available for those who cannot attend in person. Call (877) 695-9253, and enter conference code 3136184, followed by the # sign. Please put your own phone on mute during the presentation. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentations.

Additional subject matter experts will be on hand for interviews after the presentations:

  • Michael Shulters, USGS
  • Dr. Christopher Wills, California Geological Survey

The ARkStorm Scenario, USGS Open-File Report 2010-1312, is available online.

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