Expert Reports

These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review.

Read more about National Academies reports >>

Search all reports

To search for an exact phrase, use quotation marks (i.e., “Earth and life”)
Showing results 1 - 5 of 151

A Community-Based Flood Insurance Option (2015)

Part of the conversation regarding National Flood Insurance Program reform is the prospect of a community-based flood insurance option--a single insurance policy for an entire community--which may be more effective and less expensive than administering separate policies for each property within a given community. This report identifies key issues and questions as "food for thought" for FEMA and Congress as they weigh both the possible benefit... More >>

Report in Brief

Tying Flood Insurance to Flood Risk for Low-Lying Structures in the Floodplains (2015)

One-fifth of the National Flood Insurance Program's 5.5 million policies cover structures that existed before floodplain maps became available. These older structures receive subsidized rates that are lower than warranted by their risk of flooding. However, most are low lying (negatively elevated)--that is, the elevation of the lowest floor is lower than the NFIP benchmark for construction standards and floodplain management ordinances. Low-lyin... More >>

Review of the Everglades Aquifer Storage and Recovery Regional Study (2015)

This report reviews an 11-year regional study carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District to assess the regional effects of large-scale aquifer storage and recovery in the Florida Everglades. The regional study represents a significant advancement in the understanding of large-scale implementation in south Florida; however, there are still many uncertainties that merit additional study befor... More >>

Report in Brief

Affordability of National Flood Insurance Program Premiums: Report 1 (2015)

Established in 1968, the National Flood Insurance Program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and offers flood insurance policies to property owners. As part of efforts to keep premiums low, nearly 20 percent of the 5.5 million National Flood Insurance Program policies nationwide pay subsidized premiums. In the catastrophic loss year of 2005, following Hurricane Katrina and subsequent storms, the program was drive... More >>

Report in Brief

Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan: Report 1 (2015)

The Edwards Aquifer is the primary source of water for drinking and irrigation in the San Antonio area, and supplies the two largest freshwater springs in Texas, Comal Springs and San Marcos Springs. Both springs are used for recreation and are home to several species of fish, amphibians, insects, and plants found nowhere else. Seven Edwards Aquifer species are on the federal Endangered Species List because they are vulnerable to reduced sprin... More >>

Report in Brief