Peter B. Lord Seminars: Climate Change Adaptation Speaker Presentations
Adapting to Climate Change: Planning for an Uncertain & Expensive Future
November 30, 2012
Metcalf Institute Resource List
Detailed compilation of reports, contacts, and documents related to effects of climate change in southern New England.
Powerpoint Presentations by Speakers:
The Future of Southern New England: What Are We Adapting to?
ELLEN DOUGLAS, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Climate Change and Extreme Precipitation in New England
BRYAN OAKLEY, Eastern Connecticut State University; Sea-level rise and storm surge in Southern New England
AMANDA BABSON, National Park Service Science support for Northeast Region coastal parks on climate change adaptation
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; Presentation by W. Ferguson
REBECCA HANEY, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management; FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Studies
KERRY BOGDAN, Federal Emergency Management Agency; FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Studies
IVY FRANCES, Federal Emergency Management Agency Basics of the Community Rating System
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.;Our Role in Addressing Climate Change Impacts
GROVER FUGATE, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council Rhode Island CRMC-Planning for Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
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, Climate Change: What It Means for Transportation Infrastructure
BILL PATENAUDE, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Link to Patenaude’s PDF
JOHN FLAHERTY, Grow Smart RI, Transportation and Climate Change Adaption in Rhode Island
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, Managing Risk in a Climate of Change
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.