Upcoming AWMA Webinar: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations Webinar Series

July 27, 2017 • News + Events • Views: 322

 Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations Webinar Series 

Starting Wednesday August 16 

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This series will address the major impacts of climate change across four crucial areas: storm intensity duration frequency, sea level rise, agriculture, and health. Expert presenters and moderators will provide new research, case studies, and adaptation strategies from around the world. The series will address how to assess the climate change impact or risk for your area, discuss what to consider in an adaptation plan, and what can be done to reduce the risk.

Register for the series and save or choose individual Webinars!   

Part 1: Storm Intensity Duration Frequency
Wednesday, August 16 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET 

Presenters: Dr. Hong Liu, Ph.D.; Sean Capstick, Principal, Golder Associates; Andrew Wiens, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Associated Engineering

Moderator: C. Flint Webb, PE, Leidos

As atmospheric temperatures increase, the atmosphere can hold more moisture, and as a result storms are expected to be more intense. This Webinar will discuss how and why to use the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) data to forecast storm intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) using the City of Surrey in British Columbia as an example. In addition,the Webinar will review how the City of Surrey is using the new IDF curves in planning stormwater infrastructure renovations.

Part 2: Sea Level Rise
Thursday, August 24 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET 

Presenters: Dr. William Sweet, Ph. D. NOAA; Benjamin J. McFarlane, AICP, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Moderator: Erik Tucker, Project Manager, Leidos

As a result from climate change, the sea level will rise in two different ways: first by the melting of land-based glaciers, and second by the thermal expansion of the oceans. Additionally, geologic forces cause land upwelling and subsidence. On top of the sea level rise storms cause additional sea level surges, and as storm intensities increase, so also may storm surges. This Webinar will present the latest data from NOAA projecting sea level rises and strategies for estimating storm surges. The various adaptation approaches being used by different jurisdictions in the Hampton Roads Virginia area will also be presented.

Part 3: Agriculture
Wednesday, September 6 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET 

Presenters: Dennis Todey, Ph. D. Director Midwest Climate Hub, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, USDA.; Jerry Hatfield, Ph. D., Laboratory Director and Supervisory Plant Physiologist, USDA

Moderator: Harish Rao, Ph. D, P.e., QEP, Rao Consulting Services Inc.

Besides the increased flooding caused by increased rainfall intensity-duration-frequency patterns, expected coastal flooding from sea level rise and increased droughts, discussed in previous webinars, the agriculture will also be affected by climate changes due to its critical dependence on climate and the complex role of agriculture in social and economic systems. There are a number of climate change impacts to agriculture, including:

Part 4: Health
Thursday, September 14 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET 

Presenters: Kathryn Conlon, Epidemiologist, Center for Disease Control; Aaron Ferguson, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Moderator: Beth Gibbons, Senior Program Officer, The American Society of Adaptation Professionals

One of the most important, yet least talked about impacts of climate change is on public health across the United States. Climate change will both exacerbate existing health vulnerabilities and introduce new challenges to maintain the health and well-being of our communities. Increased rainfall and sea level rise will lead to hazards associated with flooding including drowning, and increased prevalence of respiratory problems associated with molds; Increased drought will cause increased forest and fires and the associated health impacts; and increases in temperature will lead to more heat related death and illness (Heat related deaths are already the leading cause of weather related mortality in the country).

Fees: Individual Webinar
Member: $99.00; Non-Member: $149.00

4-Part Series
Member: $350.00; Non-Member: $550.00

Register for both the Webinar Series and Climate Change Conference and receive $50 off.