SUPERSLR - Stanford University's Project on Engineering Responses to Sea Level Rise

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Guest Speakers Fall 2009

Martin Fischer

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Francesca Birks & Nathan Chase

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ARUP Presentation Are We Future-Ready? - How Arup is responding to climate change impacts on ports Ports and harbors face a unique set of challenges and opportunities in adapting to climate change and mitigating the contributions resulting from construction and operations. With over 60 years of work in the built environment, Arup draws from experience and forward-thinking R&D to deliver innovative and sustainable designs, including a variety of maritime and waterfront projects. This presentation will highlight some of the work of Arup Foresight + Innovation, case studies of coastal infrastructure projects, and a look ahead to some of the opportunities and threats brought about by the opening of the Northwest Passage to shipping.

Kris Ebi, Executive Director, IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit. Working Group II - Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was formed in 1998 to conduct regular assessments of the science of climate change, the impacts of and adaptation to a changing climate, and possible mitigation solutions. Dr. Ebi will talk about the IPCC and the new assessments that are starting. Adaptation and mitigation are the two main approaches to avoid, prepare for, and respond to the risks of climate change. She will discuss conducting adaptation assessments and developing policies and measures to increase resilience to climate change.

Peter Wijsman ARCADIS Presentation

Peter Wijsman, Program Manager of ARCADIS US Inc. Climate change adaptation in the Netherlands – future perspectives for San Francisco Bay Wijsman will give a brief history of water management in the Netherlands and the current climate change adaptation strategies being developed and implemented. Recently a study was conducted by Dutch researchers and consultants to look at climate change adaptation strategies for San Francisco Bay. He will discuss the results of this study.

Miguel Esteban Presentation Dr. Miguel Esteban, Tokyo University Possible consequences of an increase in tropical cyclone intensity on Japanese port infrastructure and operations The lecture aims to explain some of the consequences that an increase in tropical cyclone intensity would have on port operation, breakwater stability and the general economic development of a country. A brief introduction to tropical cyclones and caisson breakwater construction methodology will be given, followed by an explanation on what effect climate change is likely to have on tropical cyclone intensity and sea level rise. The effect of this increase in intensity will then be analysed in terms of the increase in port downtime and the need for more resilient breakwaters. An assessment of the impact on the wider economy will also be made, highlighting the need for improved mitigation and adaptation measures to be taken. The lecture will concentrate on Japan, but also research on Taiwan, the Philippines and the United States will also be mentioned.

Grossi Presentation RMS Patricia Grossi, Senior Research Scientist at Risk Management Solutions. Catastrophe Modeling for the Insurance Industry This talk will discuss the history of catastrophe modeling for the insurance industry, as well as the basic building blocks of a model and the uses of a model for the management of natural hazard risk. Case studies will be presented, which illustrate RMS research into risk to various seaports around the U.S., including Oakland and earthquake risk, Long Beach and tsunami risk, and New Orleans and storm surge risk. RMS is the world's leading provider of products, services, and expertise for the quantification and management of catastrophe risk. Founded at Stanford University in 1988, RMS offers technology and services for the management of insurance catastrophe risk associated with natural perils such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and windstorms, as well as products for weather derivatives and enterprise risk management for the P&C insurance industry. Today, RMS also leads the market in risk modeling for man-made disasters associated with acts of terrorism, and has released the first infectious disease model.

Johnck Presentation BPC Planning for Sea Level Rise: A Shoreline Property Owner/Business Perspective The mission of the Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) is to ensure that commerce, recreation and the natural environment thrive in the San Francisco Bay-Delta region. Founded in 1983, the BPC is a non-profit, membership-based organization representing a broad spectrum of Bay public and private sector entities including the maritime industry and related shoreline business, ports and local governments, landowners, residential and commercial builders, recreational users, environmental and business organizations, labor unions and professional service firms in engineering, construction, law, planning, and environmental sciences. Ellen will discuss the following topics: Planning for Sea Level Rise: A Shoreline Property Owner/Business Perspective

Kendall Presentation USACE Sea Level Rise Planning in San Francisco Bay Tom will speak about new sea level rise policies being developed for San Francisco Bay and the Corps' guidance on planning for sea level rise in water resource investments. Tom was recognized as the Government Civil Engineer of the Year for 2009 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Kendall received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil engineering from Cal, with early work focusing on the structural criteria of armor units on breakwaters. At present, his work focuses on management, guiding the development of water resource decision documents within northern and central CA.