Peter B. Lord Seminars: Climate Change Adaptation

 Training | Peter B. Lord Seminars | Climate Change Adaptation

Adapting to Climate Change: Planning for an Uncertain & Expensive Future

November 30, 2012
University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

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9:00-9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions: Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting and the Peter B. Lord Seminars on the Environment
Sunshine Menezes, URI Metcalf Institute

The Future of Southern New England: What Are We Adapting to?
Ellen Douglas, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Bryan Oakley, Eastern Connecticut State University; Amanda Babson, National Park Service
Scientists have identified a wide range of climate change effects that will require local and state-level adaptation. This session will describe some of the projected impacts of climate change, including precipitation extremes, sea level rise, and higher storm surge, as well as a case study of large-scale adaptation at the National Park Service.

Preparing for Adaptation
Wenley Ferguson, Save the Bay; Rebecca Haney, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management; Kerry Bogdan, Federal Emergency Management Agency; Ivy Frances, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Adaptation will require a variety of responses and partners. Coastal wetlands appear to be drowning in place as marine waters rise. Can these marsh environments play a role in adaptation? Accurate maps of coastal flood zones are critical to adaptation planning. This session will describe the development and use of flood zone maps.

Adaptation Tools and Mechanisms, Part I
Chelsea Siefert, Rhode Island Statewide Planning; Jon Reiner, Town of North Kingstown, R.I.; Grover Fugate, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
Experts agree that comprehensive planning and development standards can play an effective role in climate change adaptation. This session will explore how these tools are being used in Rhode Island.

Adaptation Tools and Mechanisms, Part II
Michael Lewis, Rhode Island Department of Transportation; Bill Patenaude, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Managament; John Flaherty, Grow Smart RI
Hurricane Sandy offered a clear indication of the threats of strong storms to critical infrastructure such as wastewater treatment facilities and transportation routes. This session will highlight the risks and possible adaptive remedies for Rhode Island infrastructure.

Perspectives on Planning for and Responding to Climate Change Risks
Louis Gritzo, FM Global; REP. Arthur Handy, Rhode Island House of Representatives
Adaptation will require great investments of time and money at a time when municipalities, states, and the nation are struggling to reduce their spending. Panelists will offer business and policy perspectives on how to accommodate these disparate requirements.

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