Peter B. Lord Seminars: Extreme Weather

 Training | Peter B. Lord Seminars | Extreme Weather Agenda

Predicting and Responding to Extreme Weather Events

Hurricane Sandy caused major damage along Rhode Island's southern shore. Photo by Kathy Borchers, The Providence Journal

In Rhode Island, the state’s southern shore took the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s force, including communities like Roy Carpenter’s Beach. Photo by Kathy Borchers, The Providence Journal

September 20, 2013
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Providence Journal
75 Fountain Street
Providence, RI

The seminar was held in The Providence Journal’s auditorium. For additional information on climate change impacts and adaptation in southern New England, please view presentations and videos from past Peter B. Lord Seminars on the Environment.

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Welcome and Introductions
Karen Bordeleau, executive editor, The Providence Journal
Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute executive director, URI Graduate School of Oceanography

In the Eye of the Storm: Predicting the Path and Strength of Hurricanes
Isaac Ginis, URI Graduate School of Oceanography

Ginis will describe the fundamentals of hurricane formation and compare the attributes of the 1938 Hurricane and Hurricane Sandy, two devastating regional storms with very different origins. Ginis will also describe the tremendous advances in forecasting hurricane tracks and intensity in recent years.

Planning for the Inevitable: Coastal Inundation and Evacuation
Matthew Walsh, US Army Corps of Engineers, New England District

One of the most dangerous aspects of hurricanes and other major coastal storms is the resulting storm surge and coastal inundation. Walsh will describe the development of updated inundation maps for the region and a related Hurricane Evacuation Study that analyzed hazards, vulnerability, shelters, and transportation.

After a Storm Comes Calm…or Another Storm
David Vallee, National Weather Service Northeast River Forecast Center

New Englanders are accustomed to “crazy” weather. After all, if you don’t like the weather here, you only need to wait a few minutes, right? This session will outline regional precipitation patterns and projected future trends, as well as the big picture of extreme events in the region within the context of climate change.


Responding to Extreme Weather Events 
Peter Gaynor, City of Providence Emergency Management Agency
Jamia McDonald, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
Paul Morey, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region I Risk Analysis Branch

As extreme weather events approach and in their immediate aftermath, municipalities, states, and federal agencies must work closely to anticipate a wide variety of public safety, communication, transportation concerns. Using the city of Providence as a case study, panelists will provide insights into the structure of these urgent collaborations and how relevant offices plan ahead to improve their responses.

Networking lunch for all speakers and registered attendees

This seminar was held in partnership with The Providence Journal.

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