SAGE creates a network of U.S., Caribbean and European engineers, geoscientists, ecologists, social scientists, planners and policymakers. Together we develop and promote a robust interdisciplinary analytic framework for the wide range of possible infrastructure responses to coastal hazards across a range, or gradient, of urban to rural areas. This allows policy-makers to have clearer selection criteria for location-appropriate and climate-adapted sustainable coastal infrastructure policy.
Project title: Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE): Reconceptualizing the Role of Infrastructure in Resilience
NSF Research Collaboration Network (RCN): Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES)
Project period: January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2018
Who? Our new network of U.S., Caribbean and European engineers, geoscientists, ecologists, social scientists, planners and policymakers is designed to build connections among diverse disciplines and improve the flow of information among leading researchers on these topics. The project generates greater participation among U.S. students and researchers in, and improve student and professional access to, training in coastal resilient infrastructure design, planning and policy-making.
What? The RCN’s products are annual, intensive three- to four- day workshops, we also produce webinars, a training module synthesizing our findings, a survey of educational pathways in resilient infrastructure, journal publications and white-papers for policymakers translating our research findings into accessible language. All of these activities promote a diverse and comprehensive research network that fosters the development of transformative, policy-relevant research initiatives.
Why? Caribbean communities have experience and expertise in planning for and responding to coastal hazards, while the Northeast has infrastructural and research capacity on this topic. Recent storm events in the U.S. Northeast demonstrate that there is a pressing need for coordinated research into the resilience of coastal infrastructures to current hazards and the evolving effects of climate change. Infrastructure here includes physical structures, ecological services, and the social practices that influence the impact of hazards such as hurricanes and coastal flooding.
How? We understand communities as existing and evolving within adaptive gradients, including by rural/ urban, social capacity, sub surface soils and coastal geography, and culture. To build our framework we address spill-over and equity effects of infrastructure decisions, evidence regarding the impacts of fast-onset disasters (e.g., hurricanes, tsunamis) to improve practices and policies for chronic, slow-onset phenomena (e.g. sea level rise), and tie the application of our theory to increasingly available indicators of climate change and local conditions.
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The Role of Hard Coastal Structures in Climate Change Adaptation and Coastal Resilience
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 1:00 - 1:45 pm EDT
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Event number: 667540538
The effects of climate change, in particular sea level rise, are increasingly forcing states, communities and property owners to address shoreline erosion and flooding. Community adaptation strategies include retreat, protection and/or accommodation. While there has been significant interest in recent years in the use of natural and nature-based features for protection (e.g., Living Shorelines), structures such as revetments, seawalls, bulkheads and breakwaters continue to play an important and valuable role within each of the three adaption strategies. This is particularly true when structures are used in conjunction with natural and nature-based features to provide an integrated, systems approach to shoreline and flood protection. This presentation discusses different structure types, their role in shoreline and flood protection (individually and as part of an integrated system), and the use of risk-informed decision making for alternatives analysis, design optimization and benefit-cost analysis.
Gregory and Daniel are both Registered Professional Engineers. Greg is a Project Manager within the Marine/Waterfront technical practice of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. He has a BS in Civil Engineering and his experience includes project evaluation and implementation from the perspectives of regulator, owner and consulting engineer. Greg has been responsible for the repair or reconstruction of over thousands of feet of bulkhead, stone revetment, and seawall. Dan is a Senior Principal and Senior VP of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. and a leader of GZA’s Water Services group. He has academic degrees in the geosciences, civil, geotechnical and ocean engineering. Dan heads up GZA’s Hazard Risk Management and Climate Change Services group, and oversees GZA’s efforts to re-evaluate the external flood hazard of municipalities, states and critical infrastructure.