The Northeast has been slammed by repeated storms. After the last storm, Chris Reed wrote about Boston and the need for more integrated thinking and planning. This is of course what SAGE members have now been thinking about for several years. Interesting opinion piece - check it out.
Climate readiness: think big, act fast
By Chris Reed
Boston Globe, March 8, 2018
"Until recently, Boston was ahead of other cities in planning for sea-level rise and the effects of climate change before a catastrophic storm like Sandy or Harvey hit. Sure, king tides occasionally overtopped downtown wharves, and South Shore waterfront homes were repeatedly battered by winter storms. But now flooding in downtown Boston, the Seaport, and other neighborhoods is becoming a more regular and recurring phenomenon and is increasingly causing property damage, inconvenience, and, potentially, injury or worse..." See the Boston Globe for the rest of the OpEd.
The New York City (NYC) Department of City Planning created a short video to illustrate special zoning regulations that apply in the floodplain. It explains NYC’s flood risk and how flood resilient construction is an important part of NYC’s effort to build multiple lines of defense from coastal flooding. City Planning also wants to generate input on how zoning could be further modified to remove regulatory barriers to resiliency investments and make neighborhoods more resilient. Visit www.nyc.gov/resilientneighborhoods or email ResilientNeighborhoods@planning.nyc.gov for more information on City Planning’s work.
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Melissa Kenney and Allison Baer have great news! They received funding for a proposal that SAGE provided a letter of support for, "Maryland Climate Resilience Indicators (MCRI): Participatory Indicators to Assess, Plan, and Evaluate Climate Adaptation Actions". The official press release from Maryland Sea Grant can be found here and a press release from the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center can be found here.
University of Maryland, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)
5825 University Research Court, Suite 4001
Office Room 4044
College Park, MD 20740
Investing in Natural and Nature-Based Infrastructure:
Building Better Along Our Coasts
Abstract: Much of the United States’ critical infrastructure is either aging or requires significant repair, leaving U.S. communities and the economy vulnerable. Outdated and dilapidated infrastructure places coastal communities, in particular, at risk from the increasingly frequent and intense coastal storm events and rising sea levels. Therefore, investments in coastal infrastructure are urgently needed to ensure community safety and prosperity; however, these investments should not jeopardize the ecosystems and natural resources that underlie economic wealth and human well-being. Over the past 50 years, efforts have been made to integrate built infrastructure with natural landscape features, often termed “green” infrastructure, in order to sustain and restore valuable ecosystem functions and services. For example, significant advances have been made in implementing green infrastructure approaches for stormwater management, wastewater treatment, and drinking water conservation and delivery. However, the implementation of natural and nature-based infrastructure (NNBI) aimed at flood prevention and coastal erosion protection is lagging. There is an opportunity now, as the U.S. government reacts to the recent, unprecedented flooding and hurricane damage and considers greater infrastructure investments, to incorporate NNBI into coastal infrastructure projects. Doing so will increase resilience and provide critical services to local communities in a cost-effective manner and thereby help to sustain a growing economy.
Click here for the article.
Caribbean residents see climate change as a severe threat but most in US don’t — here’s why February 14, 2018 6.34am EST
Published by The Conversation
During the 2017 Atlantic basin hurricane season, six major storms – all of which were Category 3 or higher – produced devastating human, material and financial devastation across the southern United States and the Caribbean.
Last year’s above-average storm activity was foreseeable. Hurricane intensity ticked up in 2016 and scientists have predicted this trend will hold as global temperatures continue to rise.
Though people in the U.S. and the Caribbean share this increasing vulnerability to hurricanes, they hold very different opinions about the severity of climate change. According to results from the latest Vanderbilt University AmericasBarometer survey, a strong majority of Caribbean residents perceive climate change as a “very serious” problem. In contrast, just 44 percent of the U.S. public does. Why the difference of opinion? Our research identifies two key factors: politics and risk perception.
Click here for the rest of the article.
(CNN) Sea level rise is happening now, and the rate at which it is rising is increasing every year, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Check out the CNN Report here.
Thanks to an organization of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, and the leading Global Disaster Resilience Centre of the University of Huddersfield, the prestigious International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR), with the theme Risk and Resilience in practice: Vulnerabilities, Displaced People, Local Communities and Heritages, will be held November 7-9, 2018, in the historical city of Lisbon, Portugal.
As with the previous editions of the ICBR series – most recently held in Bangkok, Thailand, in last November, with over 325 delegates – the 8th ICBR 2018' Lisbon conference will bring together the full diversity of the science community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels to share state of the art research, and discuss how the science community will best support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
We warmly invite you to submit an abstract to one of the 26 tracks available. I call your attention, in particular, to Track 3F - 'New Directions in Resilient Infrastructure: Critical, Decentralized, and Hybrid Systems Built to Serve People' that I am chairing with Isabel Kaubisch of Clarendon Hill Consulting.
Please find below and attached the Call for Papers.
You may submit your abstract until March 4 through the Easy Chair submission platform at http://2018.buildresilience.org/ (Easychair you will require you to set up an account first).
1. Please note in the header of your abstract:
a) the track & subtheme of your preference,
b) whether you are submitting for ORAL or POSTER presentation,
and do NOT put your details on the abstracts' body text field at the submision form nor on the PDF file to be submitted (name, affiliation, email, etc) as all abstracts will be subject to double-blinded peer review.
2. Submitted abstracts should be limited to 400-500 words, covering the following aspects: Background context; Justification of the research / research argument; Goals; Methods/ approach; Findings / results; Conclusions.
After the abstract paragraph, keywords should be presented (up to 5).
March 4, 2018: Abstract submission close
4. MORE INFO
Further details of the conference (Special features, Associate partners, fee reductions, and publication opportunities) are available at: http://2018.buildresilience.org.
For any queries please contact the Organizing Committee: email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your submission. Get on board!
CALL FOR PAPERS8th International Conference on Building Resilience, 7-9 November 2018, Lisbon
Considering the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 we expect submissions to be aligned, in particular, with priority 3 “Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience”.
New Directions in Resilient Infrastructure: Critical, Decentralized, and Hybrid Systems Built to Serve People
Description of Track Scope
Infrastructure – how it is defined, valued, designed, and funded – is changing in an era of superstorms, extreme temperatures & precipitation, and shrinking national, regional, and municipal budgets.
Who infrastructure serves best – and who it leaves behind – and how it must be reconceived in a regime of a changing climate to serve more justly and equitably is a central consideration.
This session resides within the main track "Investing in disaster reduction for resilience". Our session aims to investigate the design and uses of traditional infrastructure e.g. transportation, water and sewer infrastructure while offering new insights into a more resilient approach which places people back in the focus. Our session will span in scale and context from the general to the specific. Our track will address - and submitted papers should respond to - the following concerns:
According to the identified UNISDR’s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction goals, the track seeks case study examples that explore the drive toward the decentralization and interconnection of infrastructure, and which address the Sendai Framework goals cross-disciplinarily. The focus will be on actionable strategies for funding, creating, and maintaining more responsive and resilient infrastructural systems.
Submitted papers are encouraged to address no more than three (3) of the following themes:
Abstract submissions close 4 March 2018, 12PM, GMT + 1,00 TIME. For more information and online submission, please visit buildresilience.org/2018
Track chairs information
Dave Hampton firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal, re:ground LLC resiliency strategies
Co-chair, Boston Society of Architects Committee on Resilient Environments (CORE)
Isabel Kaubisch email@example.com
Principal, Clarendon Hill Consulting LLC
Urban and Environmental Planning Firm focused on Hazard Mitigation Planning and Resilient Strategies
Call for Poster Presentation Proposals
The 2018 LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference will bring together local government decision-makers and other community-based participants in learning how to prepare for climate change impacts in their communities. We invite proposals from students for poster presentations based on applied research supporting the conference's four tracks: built environment; public health and green space; planning and process; and communication, leadership, and engagement. An award of $300 will go to the best poster submission.
Criteria for proposal:
Please submit proposals online through this form by Feb. 20, 2018
Are you based in Maryland? Thanks to a generous grant from the Town Creek Foundation, we have special travel grants still available for participants coming to the conference from Maryland. You can find the application form on our website:
Maryland Travel Grants
Join us as a sponsor/exhibitor for this capacity-building convening!
Your sponsorship helps make the conference accessible to people working within limited municipal budgets by keeping it affordable.
Local Solutions 2018 Sponsors/Exhibitors Brochure
Interesting article that touches on the differences in how policy and infrastructure are handled in the US for slower onset versus rapid onset environmental changes.
"For Alaskan Coastal Villages, Erosion Hits Home" NPR, Dec 20, 2017
Scientists can’t tell whether sea-level rise will be bad or catastrophicby Sarah DeWeerdt | Dec 19, 2017
"A new study that combines an established method for predicting sea-level rise with recent insights about Antarctic ice-sheet dynamics suggests that breakup of these ice sheets in a warming world will lead to greater sea-level rise than previously predicted. But we won’t have a good idea of just how much the waters will rise for another few decades." Click here for the rest of the article.