Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Education - Lecture/Discussion - WPI Only

Monday, April 22, 2013
6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Kaven Hall
116

Title: Processes for Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Planning

Speaker: Paul Kirshen, Research Professor, University of New Hampshire

Bio: Dr. Kirshen has 30 years of experience serving as Principal Investigator of complex, interdisciplinary, participatory research related to water resources, coastal zone management, climate variability, and climate change. His previous experience includes positions Battelle Memorial Institute and Tufts University. He is presently a Research Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

Abstract: Since climate change cannot be reversed at least for centuries, human, natural, and built systems must adjust or adapt to the changing climate. This seminar describes the use of vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans for maintaining infrastructure in a changing climate. Examples associated with sea level rise and stormwater are presented to illustrate the approaches used for these plans. Concepts related to flexible infrastructure are also discussed. This seminar is being given in conjunction with CE 574 (Water Resources Mgt.). However, all people who are interested in the water issues are welcome to join us.

Suggested Audiences: College

E-mail: CEE@wpi.edu

Last Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:03 PM

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