Check out the news about the Netherlands planting Sampshire in order to encourage salt marshes.
"Spreading samphire seedlings may help in the development of salt marshes. Researchers at Wageningen Marine Research expect that accretion will go faster, that drainage channels will arise more quickly and that more salt marsh specific plants will settle after planting samphire plants that already grow in the local environment."
Check out the cool mapping portal the Nature Conservancy has developed. Set aside a few minutes to click around. There is a lot of interesting information available and it is inspiring to see what's being done around the world to increase our coastal resiliency.
"Coastal Resilience supports a community of practitioners around the world who are applying spatial planning innovations to coastal hazard risk, resilience and adaptation issues. This is a global network providing access to peer practitioners, tools, information and training focused on nature-based solutions. For more information see our Coastal Resilience website."
NOAA database on literature sources:
"Search this online database of literature sources containing information on the effectiveness of green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards, such as inundation and erosion from tropical storms and cyclones, more frequent precipitation events, and sea level rise. The database contains records from a wide range of sources, such as peer-reviewed journals, online tools, and gray literature, and includes information on 32 different coastal green infrastructure types. The green infrastructure techniques referenced cover a full range of approaches to coastal management, including natural, nature-based (e.g., low-impact development), structural, and policies."
NOAA - Office for Coastal Managment
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Many small island nations can adapt to climate change with global support November 15, 2017 8.38pm EST
"Island nations are on the front lines of global climate change. Heavy rainfall and rising sea levels are eroding shorelines and causing flooding. Warming and increasingly acidic oceans are damaging coral reefs that support fisheries and attract tourists. Some island communities are already moving or making plans to relocate."
Click here for the entire article from The Conversation.
Remember the movie “Moneyball”? The Oakland A’s are struggling, financially and on the baseball field. Then they introduce an innovative system for figuring out which players will improve team performance. Moving away from observations by scouts, the A’s begin to use advanced statistics to value players. With their new insights, the A’s acquire high-impact players for relatively little money. Within a season, they’re at the top of the game and so successful that within a few years the rest of the league has reorganized how they value players, too.
“Moneyball” highlights the power of innovative knowledge systems: creative new sets of tools and practices for collecting, analyzing and applying data to solving problems. All organizations depend on knowledge systems, but it’s not uncommon, over time, for the knowledge they generate to become stale and poorly adapted to changing contexts.
As researchers on resilience and sustainability of cities, we’ve found that unfortunately that has become the case for a number of cities. This is already causing problems: Outdated knowledge systems have exacerbated recent disasters and contributed to growing financial losses from extreme weather, which have exceeded US$110 billion in the U.S. this year alone.
Discussions around improving resilience and adaptation to extreme events often focus on upgrading infrastructure or building new infrastructure, such as bigger levees or flood walls. But cities also need new ways of knowing, evaluating and anticipating risk by updating their information systems.
CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THE ARTICLE - This article was produced by the Knowledge Systems Innovation Group at Arizona State University’s Urban Resilience to Extreme Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) (Eric Kennedy, Margaret Hinrichs, Changdeok Gim, Kaethe Selkirk, Pani Pajouhesh, Robbert Hobbins, Mathieu Feagan).
"The scientific infrastructure of Puerto Rico was not spared. Most campuses of the University of Puerto Rico and other private institutions suffered substantially. The Institute of Neurobiology, The Caribbean Primate Research Center, and the Arecibo Observatory—three world-class research centers in Puerto Rico—have been devastated. "
Have trouble picturing sea level rise? Check out the ten images included in this Climate Central post. The images were created by visual artist Nickolay Lamm who uses sea level rise mapping data developed by Climate Central. Remember the adage, a picture is worth a thousand words? These just haunting photos might be worth several thousand.
The National Weather Service has released video of the damage done to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Very somber visuals of the challenges Americans face in this critical period.
Hurricane Maria Damage Assessment -
Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM CET
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Join our one hour webinar as part of the FAST Symposium during the Delft Software Days - Edition 2017 (DSD-INT 2017). You will explore the latest scientific approaches towards nature-based flood defenses together with the FAST team and the audience present at the DSD-INT 2017.
The MI-SAFE viewer has been developed as part of the FAST project (Foreshore Assessment using Space Technology, http://fast.openearth.eu/) and is a valuable tool to assess the presence of vegetation and its contribution to wave attenuation anywhere in the world. Data on topography, bathymetry, vegetation cover and change, storm surge and wave statistics are derived from earth observation imagery, global databases and numerical modelling. Field data collected during the FAST project have been used to calibrate our model (XBeach) and its vegetation parameters. In addition to global, large-scale data, we have derived detailed and more accurate data for specific sites (Expert Level of services). Tailor-made solutions are offered to fit the user’s requirements for implementing nature-based flood defences.
The set-up of this webinar is as follows:
09.30 - 09.40h CETIntroduction and guided tour through the MI-SAFE viewer
by Dr. Mindert de Vries
09.40 - 10.10h CETThe science behind the MI-SAFE viewer: what data has been used and what analysis have been used to build the viewer?
by Dr. Daphne van der Wal and Dr. Iris Moeller
10.10 - 10.20h CETExamples of Advanced Applications: extended analysis for specific study sites
by Dr. Mindert de Vries
10.20 - 10.30h CETQuestion round
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The Dutch ‘Room for the River’ Program: A Modern Approach for Managing High Water Levels in the Netherlands
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12:00-1:00pm EDT
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Event number: 668812686
A new paradigm for flood risk management in the Netherlands is presented. Known as the ‘Room for the River’ program, this approach acknowledges the force of nature and the necessity to live with it, especially in a populous, vulnerable and prosperous delta such as the Netherlands. It’s also an approach that embraces the opportunities our rivers bring, by using flood risk measures to add quality to the natural and urban landscapes surrounding them. This new approach will be described, illustrating the various aspects of the program, like its governance set up, the intended goals and various technical characteristics of implementation using case studies of the projects that have been completed, almost all within time and budget.
Pim Nijssen studied planning and management science at the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and currently works as a principle for the leading independent firm Twynstra Gudde. His field of experience lies in building coalitions between organizations and people in the field of water management and spatial planning. Pim has worked for a variety of national and international clients whose projects address the complex impacts of climate change. He has worked in Florida, Bangladesh and various European countries. For the Room for the River project at Nijmegen, he received the International Waterfront Award in New York.