July 2, 2021

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Geosyntec Hosts Climate Change Webinar Series

Climate change processes including sea level rise, extreme weather events, and regional drought are causing unprecedented impacts to our environment and infrastructure.

This webinar series explores the incidence of these climate change driven impacts, and presents management paradigms and technology approaches for enhancing water resiliency. Covering a broad range of topics related to water and climate resiliency these webinars will address issues of concern for a variety of stakeholders including municipalities, industry, utilities, regulatory agencies, attorneys, and others. Future webinar topics will include water resource management and restoration, infrastructure vulnerability, and regulatory compliance, risk management, and legal issues triggered by climate change.

Climate Change Extreme Events: Forecasting and Managing Financial Risks

Speakers: Michael Berman, P.E., CHMM (Washington, D.C.), Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., P.E., and David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland)

Michael discussed the observed impacts of climate change and increased precipitation events on environmental insurance claim occurrence and magnitude, while David and Jeremy highlighted the decoupled net present valuation (DNPV) methodology, which was developed by Geosyntec as an advanced tool for quantifying financial risks to infrastructure projects posed by long-term contingent liabilities such as climate change. Matt Schroeder of Akerman LLP, joined the Geosyntec panel, who brings unique perspective on environmental and natural resources litigation, Alice Hill from the Center for Climate and Security and former Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council, and Kaveh Guilanpour from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and former Senior Advisor in the Climate Action Team of the United Nations Secretary General.

Climate Adaptation and Interdependencies

Speakers: Anju Wicke (California) moderated and Rob Annear, Ph.D., (Oregon)

Climate change poses a series of challenges for communities across the United States and beyond. Using an interactive format, panelists discussed the interdependencies of adaptability and explore the challenges that our communities are facing. Adaptation to climate change at the local, regional, and national level is a multi-layered, complex problem that the panel discussed through a deep dive into governance and policy; legal issues and liability concerns; insurability and capital acquisition; and social equity and justice. Panelists exchanged ideas on how these interdependencies pose challenges and opportunities for collaboration and solutions. Stakeholder engagement will be critical to identify and address the challenges arising from climate change, and so we hope participants will come away with an understanding of how to create and navigate solutions for their communities.

Effects of Climate Change on Surface Water and Groundwater Management Strategies

Speakers: Various

The first webinar in Geosyntec Consultant’s Water and Climate Change webinar series examined hydrology, stormwater, and groundwater management strategies in coastal areas influenced by projected long-term climate changes such as sea level rise and extreme rainfall events.

Speakers shared their engineering perspectives on resilient problem solving, water storage and supply challenges, stormwater runoff and floodplain management, infrastructure vulnerability assessment, application of predictive quantitative models, and regulatory permitting considerations. Several case studies were presented focusing on the southeastern United States.