The Science of Climate Change: Informing City Planning from Data to Preparedness
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Identify opportunities for the planning profession in investigating issues and finding opportunities for adapting to Climate Change in coordination climate change scientists, economists, and experts from engineering, architecture and public health.
Understand the technical resources and the environmental and policy contexts that inform the planning practice for climate change.
Gain knowledge of tested approaches for integrating the science of climate change data into preparedness planning.
In response to anticipated climate change impacts, the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C. have undertaken preparedness plans that integrate leading-edge science with real-world needs. Both projects employ academic research, climate scenario planning, risk assessment, engineering, and public health expertise to inform the city/district understanding of its vulnerabilities. Key innovations include translating downscaled climate change projections into future design storm scenarios; developing comprehensive hydraulic models that links flooding from precipitation, rivers, sea level rise, and storm surge to produce a realistic representation of potential impacts during these future storm scenarios; GIS modeling to capture geospatial, social, and economic aspects of climate change impacts; and a prioritized ranking system that compares risks across seemingly unrelated sectors (e.g., public health and infrastructure) and assigns adaptation priorities based on these analyses. A key challenge is translating the uncertainty of climate change science into design criteria that can be used to build resiliency within existing and future development.
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Invited SpeakerNathalie Beauvais Int'l Assoc. AIA , APA , LEED AP Ms. Beauvais is a senior member of Kleinfelder’s sustainability practice where she currently manages the team of scientists, academics and sustainability experts conducting the City of Cambridge Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency (CCPR) Plan, the Washington DC Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the Statewide Resilience Master Plan for the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). An author and speaker on comprehensive planning, sustainability and climate change, Ms. Beauvais presents at conferences nationally and internationally. She has been teaching on Climate Change at Northeastern University and at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Ms. Beauvais holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Baccalaureate in Architecture from l’Université Laval, Québec, Canada.