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2020 Call for Presentations



September 8-11, 2020






Deadline for Submission: June 12, 2020!

After careful evaluation of currently available information on COVID-19, including information and directives from health and medical experts and federal, local and state governmental agencies and departments, the Floodplain Management Association has decided to move forward with our Call for Abstracts in preparation for the September, 2020 Annual Conference. We anticipate normal registration dates will be delayed and will continue to update you regarding registration and the conference as information becomes available. You may submit your abstract without registering for the conference.  If you have any questions or concerns , please contact Mary Seits at 760-936-3676 or  Thank you.


You are invited to participate in the premier Annual Conference in Floodplain Management of the West! This popular event brings together nearly 600 attendees from government, academia, private sector and non-profits to discuss the latest strategies, tools and technologies in floodplain and flood risk management. The conference offers critical policy panel discussions, an extensive multi-track technical program, invaluable networking opportunities, professional training workshops, field trips and a world-class Exhibition Program. Space is limited! Go to to submit your abstract today!


Abstracts are strongly encouraged for presentations that contribute to the conference theme.  This will be used as a criteria for selection
A New Decade of Resilience through Collaboration, Integration and Mitigation.


Local, State and Federal Regulatory and Policy Issues in Flood Management

  • NFIP Program and the future of flood programs
  • Flood risk management legislation Regulatory issues and solutions in floodplain management

Land Use Planning, Building Codes and Flood Risk Management

  • Floodplain management ordinances and building codes to reduce flood risk
  • General plan enhancements

Flood Risk Assessment, Modeling and Mapping

  • FEMA Risk MAP
  • Riverine and alluvial fan flood risk modeling and mapping
  • Dam and reservoir flood risk modeling and mapping
  • Integrated Approaches to Flood Risk 

Flood Risk, Roads and Highways: Challenges and Solutions in Transportation Corridor

Planning and Construction

Climate Change and Flood Risk

  • Climate change policies for flood risk reduction
  • Modeling climate change patterns and effects

Integrated, Multi-Objective Floodplain Management Collaboration, Design, Permitting and/or Construction

  • Stream and floodplain restoration
  • Multi-objective floodplain projects
  • Stakeholder collaboration and involvement
  • Ecosystem Restoration

Use of GIS/LiDAR for Weather/H&H Models and Conveying Results

CCAMP – Implementation

Flood After Fire

Erosion Control and Homeowners Assistance Program

New Innovative Technologies

Management Planning and Financing

  • Federal/State/Local floodplain management plans and programs
  • Flood risk in Integrated Regional Water
  • Management (IRWM)
  • Financing solutions for flood risk reduction

Levees and Flood Risk – Policy, Planning, Modeling, Design, Accreditation, Maintenance Case Studies, and/or Construction

Coastal Floodplains and Flood Risk Management

  • Tsunamis and coastal flood impacts
  • Coastal mapping & flood risk analysis
  • DWR Coastal (V-Zone) modeling and implications

Flood Risk and Agricultural Assets

Flood Risk Management in relation to Droughts

Nature Based Flood Resiliency

  • Mapping
  • Local drainage modeling

Flood Hazard Mitigation Planning & Approaches

  • Pre-disaster mitigation solutions
  • State and local hazard mitigation plans
  • CRS Activity 450 watershed management plans
  • Implementing the new CRS Manual

Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters

Automated Mapping 

Behavioral Sciences in Communication

Flood Forecasting Methods and Tools

Emergency Response and Planning

  • Local evacuation planning
  • Flood warning systems

Legal Aspects of Floodplain Management

Public Involvement, Education and Outreach

Tribal Cultural Resources

DAMS – Dam Maintenance, Dam Inundation Mapping, Reservoir Management during Flood Operations, Decisions during Flood Operations, Age and Process for Updating “Flood Control Manuals”, Emergency Action Plans

Sustainable Use of Groundwater





Presenters of technical papers, workshops and posters must ALL register for the conference.  Payment of registration fees must be received by July 15in order to appear in the program.


ABSTRACT FORMAT: Abstracts for must be submitted in paragraph form in Microsoft Word format, no graphics, and must include a title. Please indicate who will be the presenter(s) and then also list the author(s) with their full contact information.

LENGTH: Abstracts must not exceed 300 words

NUMBER: A maximum of 2 abstracts per presenter is permitted

VERSION: All abstracts submitted must be FINAL. We will not accept updated versions for publication. IMPORTANT: TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS at the conference are 20-25 minutes in length. WORKSHOPS can be 1.5 hours, 2 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours or 8 hours in length please be sure to indicate the length of the workshop proposed. POSTERS must be brought to the Conference on presenter’s own easel and foam board of any size, with any additional materials of choice.



Please follow the directions for submission as you register for this conference at A link for uploading the abstract will be provided during the registration process.



The abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Technical Committee and notifications of acceptance will be given electronically on or before June 30. The preliminary session schedule will be available early July. IMPORTANT: The review of your abstract is not a formal peer-review process. Because of the high number of abstracts received in recent years, you are strongly encouraged to provide as clear and detailed information as possible to ensure your opportunity to present at this widely attended conference.

Abstracts for Workshops:  Workshops are generally offered on the Tuesday of the Conference week.  Space is limited.  Workshop proposals will be selected based on their quality and their relevance to the industry needs.


Abstracts for Panels:  Most Panels are developed through the conference planning committee, but on some rare occasions we do form panels through the abstract process.


Abstracts for Technical Sessions:  Space for Technical Sessions is limited, and abstracts will be accepted based on their quality, relevance to the conference theme, and their compatibility with other submitted abstracts such that technical sessions can be formed with similar content.


Abstracts for Field Trips:  Please directly contact the Conference Planning Committee to suggest a field trip.




By submitting an abstract you agree to the following:

  • To permit FMA to publish your abstract on the web and/or in print at the conference and at any time in the future.
  • Your abstract and your final presentation at the conference do not violate any copyright infringements.
  • Acceptance of your abstract does not constitute endorsement by FMA of its content or the content of your final presentation.
  • You release FMA from any and all liability associated with your abstract and your final presentation at the conference.
  • You indemnify and hold harmless FMA of and from any and all claims, demands, losses, causes of action, damage, lawsuits, judgments, including attorneys' fees and costs, to the extent caused by or arising out of or relating to the content in the abstract and final presentation.





TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the Conference. WORKSHOPS are usually scheduled on Tuesday of the Conference, and occasionally throughout the conference. You will be notified in June or early July regarding the assigned schedule to your presentation. POSTERS are displayed in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday evening, and all day Wednesday and Thursday including evening functions.



To submit your abstract, you must register for the conference. You may cancel your registration if your abstract has not been accepted and you do not wish to attend the conference, subject to the standard cancellation policy posted on the conference web site. 


REMINDER: Payment of registration fees must be received by July 15  in order to appear in the program.


QUESTIONS? Contact FMA at or at (760) 936-3676.



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