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2015 Planning Partners:

Last Year's Innovative Tools and Planning Methodologies Showcase

Presenters provided insights on tools and planning methodologies that can be leveraged or replicated by attendees in their own organizations and communities.  These 10-minute presentations were followed by brief Q&A, and audience members will have opportunities to follow up with presenters during networking breaks at the Summit as well.

Schedule and Details

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (1:30pm - 3:30pm)
Riverway Room
  New York City Solar Smart DG Hub for Resilient Solar
  Kathryn Wright – Consultant, Meister Consultants Group In response to impacts from Hurricane Sandy, the City University of New York, convened a stakeholder working group called the Smart DG Hub to discuss improved infrastructure resilience through emergency power. During Hurricane Sandy, New York City’s solar installations were unable to provide service during the emergency. As part of a Department of Energy Solar Market Pathways Grant, the project has focused upon increasing the deployment of resilient solar to enhance New York City’s resilience to future extreme weather events.
  Using an Innovative Visual Tool to Demonstrate the Effects of Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge on Energy Infrastructure
  Alice Lippert – Senior Technical Advisor, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is tasked with assessing risk from all hazards to the nation’s energy infrastructure. This session will display OE’s recent analysis using a suite of innovative tools for visualizing the effects of sea level rise and storm surge on energy infrastructure in seven major metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).
  Using the Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper to Create Maps and Engage Communities
  Rebecca Love – Coastal Management Specialist, NOAA Office for Coastal Management NOAA’s Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper helps start community discussions about hazard impacts with maps that show people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flooding. This tool makes it easy to create, collect, and share maps with others.
  Evolving Innovative Resilience: The Inextricable Link between Technology, Nature, and Community Engagement
  Zach Ferdana ‎Lead Coastal Resilience Manager, The Nature Conservancy A question for technologists and planners working with key public and private stakeholders: how can a web-based mapping tool provide decision support pre and post-disaster while at the same time address unique social-ecological circumstances and the ongoing threat of climate change? Coastal Resilience is such a decision support tool, but innovative tools can’t stand alone; they must be integrated into a community engagement process to realize feasible and lasting solutions to natural disasters and climate-related hazards.
  Awakening the Reptilian Brain: Using Tech to Promote Behavior Change
  Juliette Finzi Hart – Marine & Climate Science Specialist, University of Southern California Sea Grant Technological advances in virtual reality software and hardware can now be utilized to develop immersive, behavior-changing visualizations that can aid in communicating complex science. We have developed a virtual reality visualization program that allows people to experience locations that they know and love are impacted by coastal storms and sea level rise.
  Sponsor Showcase: Democratizing Future Flood Risk Data as an Agent for Resilience
  Keren BolterScience Director, Coastal Risk Consulting While the scientific community is rapidly developing sea level rise models and storm-impact tools, the abundance of information has resulted in individuals, businesses and local governments expressing the need for high resolution, easily understandable geospatial data and tools to assess their climate impact vulnerability. This presentation showcases an example of how Coastal Risk Consulting, LLC (CRC) forecasts future flood risk at the parcel level and presents this information in creative formats to help narrow the gap between scientific output and user-friendly requirements.
Thursday, November 5, 2015 (10:45am - 12:00pm)
Liberty Ballroom B/C
  Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flooding: Planning for the Future
  Amir AghaKouchak –  Professor, University of California-Irvine Sea level rise is expected to increase nuisance (minor) floodings that have significant socio-economic and public health impacts. We provide estimates of future nuisance flooding in a warming climate, and offer potential adaptation and response strategies.
  Coastal Adaptation Strategies: Cases Studies of NPS Lessons Learned
  Rebecca BeaversCoastal Geologist, National Park Service Lessons learned and documented in a new National Park Service report (scheduled for publication in September 2015) entitled Coastal Adaptation Strategies: Case Studies will be presented. Actions taken in and around national parks to adapt to anthropogenic climate change will address infrastructure, cultural sites, natural resources, and visitor access.
  Leveraging the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CakeX) to Information Decision Making
  Jessica HittScientist & CAKE Program Manager, EcoAdapt Description to be published shortly
  Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans
  Nicole TachikiORISE Participant, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The workbook provides guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing action plans. It is an ideal tool for organizations that manage places, watersheds, or coastal environments.
Thursday, November 5, 2015 (1:15pm - 2:30pm)
Liberty Ballroom B/C
  Using STORMTOOLS to Communicate Coastal Risk in Rhode Island
  Teresa Crean Community Planner and Coastal Management Extension Specialist, University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center STORMTOOLS is a web-based map viewer that allows the Rhode Island user to select a coastal area of interest and access high resolution maps that illustrate: (1) sea level rise; (2) the flooding extent of coastal storms with and without sea level rise; and (3) the depth of water on land from coastal storm surge. At its simplest level, the system can be used to access model predictions (hindcasts and forecasts) for the study area and problem of interest for property owners and coastal planners. At a more sophisticated level, the system can be used by professionals to perform studies in support of the coastal planning and regulatory communities.
  Surging Seas: National Coastal Flood and Sea Level Risk Web Tool & Analysis
  Tim Grandia – Program Director, Sea Level Rise, Climate Central Climate Central will provide a walk-through demonstration of their Surging Seas Risk Finder, a public web tool built to help communities, planners, stakeholders and leaders better understand sea level rise and coastal flood risk. The multi-part, screening-level tool provides interactive risk maps, localized sea level and flood risk projections, exposure analysis, printable reports, and data downloads from state to local levels.
  Coastal County Snapshots
  Rob PresslyProgram Manager, National Association of Counties Coastal County Snapshots turn complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs. Local officials can use the snapshots as a planning tool to assess their county’s resilience to flooding and understand the benefits provided by natural resources.
  Precision Monitoring of Water Level in a Salt Marsh with Low Cost Tilt Loggers
  Vitalii SheremetSenior Research Associate, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center Several salt pannes and pools in the Sage Lot tidal marsh of Waquoit Bay system, MA were instrumented with newly developed Arm-and-Float water level gauges (utilizing accelerometer tilt logger) permitting to record water level fluctuations with accuracy of 1 mm. Several month long deployments allowed us to analyze the marsh flooding and draining processes, study differences among the salt pannes with implication for marsh ecology and marsh accretion.