Peter B. Lord Seminars: Climate Change Impacts

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Climate Change Impacts in Southern New England
October 12, 2012

Videos of Speaker Presentations

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:

Overview of Ocean/Atmosphere Interactions with Regard to Climate
JOHN MERRILL, URI Graduate School of Oceanography
While the physical science behind the greenhouse effect is well known, many people are less familiar with the strong interaction between oceans and Earth’s atmosphere with regard to global climate. Merrill describes these processes and explains how feedback mechanisms operating in distant parts of the globe can have local significance.

Climate Change Policy and Programs in Rhode Island
PAM RUBINOFF, R.I. Sea Grant, URI Coastal Resources Center
Rubinoff provides a summary of the major initiatives in Rhode Island to address regional effects of climate change.

The Science of Shoreline Change
JOHN KING, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, The Science of Shoreline Change
JANET FREEDMAN, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, Coastal Erosion
Coastal zones represent a front line in demonstrating the physical effects of climate change. This session introduces typical shoreline processes and summarizes of the observed and projected regional changes in sea level, and implications for storm surges, coastal flooding, and erosion.

Perspectives on Shoreline Change
DIANE WILLIAMSON, Town of Bristol, RI,  Images of Shoreline Change in Bristol, Rhode Island
TRICIA JEDELE, R.I. Conservation Law Foundation
GROVER FUGATE, R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council
The potential implications of climate-driven shoreline change are significant for coastal communities in Rhode Island and throughout southern New England. Panelists discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by these coastal threats.

The Science of Ecosystem Response
CANDACE OVIATT, URI,  The Changing Climate and Ecology in Narragansett Bay
RICHARD PRIMACK, Boston University
Warming temperatures and extreme swings in water availability from drought to flooding can cause a cascade of effects in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. This session introduces some of the observed responses in New England.

Climate Change and Public Health
PERRY SHEFFIELD, The Mount Sinai Hospital,  Human Health Under a Changing Climate
HOWARD GINSBERG, U.S. Geological Survey,  Effects of Climate Change on Transmission of Vector-Borne Diseases
ROBERT VANDERSLICE, R.I. Department of Health,  Climate Change Impacts on Health
For many, the effects of climate change seem distant or unrelated to daily lives. When it comes to public health impacts, however, it is much easier to grab public attention. Panelists discuss some of the public health implications of climate change and the status of policy response to these implications in Rhode Island.


Adapting to Climate Change: Planning for an Uncertain & Expensive FutureNovember 30, 2012

Videos of Speaker Presentations

Metcalf Institute Resource List
Detailed compilation of reports, contacts, and documents related to climate change adaptation 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.

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