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Congress on Coastal Resilience and risk

December 11-12, 2013

NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction

College Park, MD


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Program Committee



(Credit: NASA)
Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 30, 2012. It was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern U.S. coast in 40 years and caused over $68 billion in damage, making it the third most expensive storm in our nation’s history after Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Andrew (1992). Over 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the storm. Storm surge reached as high as 12.5 feet at Kings Point on the western edge of Long Island Sound in New York. Superstorm Sandy is the most recent event to signal the urgency of preparing for climate-driven changes to the coastal environment.

Generations of human activity have significantly altered our planet and its atmosphere. Climate change has affected global weather patterns and exacerbated the frequency and intensity of storms. Coastal communities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to these extreme weather events due to rising sea levels, disappearing wetlands, and increasing development.

The coasts of the United States are home to over half of the nation’s population and generate nearly half of the nation’s domestic product. It is essential that the United States accelerate the national dialogue on the future of our coasts. As the international community works to limit the impending impacts of climate change, more must be done to implement adaptation and mitigation measures needed to protect our coastal communities and economic assets.

This dialogue on the future of our coasts must necessarily occur parallel to debate on federal spending and a re-evaluation of the role of the federal government. It is in this challenging context that congress delegates discussed climate change-driven impacts on the coasts and how to improve the resiliency of coastal communities -- both constructed and natural. Delegates examined national and local policy imperatives, means to enhance structural and economic resilience, and the application of smart use and development to achieve a resilient coast. International experiences and approaches were also examined.

The primary goals of this meeting were to identify critical infrastructure and policies to foster coastal resilience and promote an understanding of the new economic and physical environment in which we live. Delegates had the opportunity to discuss the future of coastal management with leaders in scientific and environmental management fields.

Summaries of presentations, findings, and recommendations of participants are presented in a special edition of the Renewable Resources Journal available here.


(Credit: University of Maryland)

(Credit: NOAA)





Howard Rosen
RNRF Chairman
Tom Chase
American Society of
Civil Engineers
Zoe Johnson
Maryland Department of
Natural Resources
Gerald Galloway
University of Maryland




Charles Chesnutt
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Marion McFadden
U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development
Kathleen White
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Margaret Davidson
NOAA




Howard Kunreuther
University of Pennsylvania
Lindene Patton
Zurich Financial Services
Dale Morris
Royal Netherlands Embassy
Howard Marlowe
Marlowe and Company




Jim Blackburn
Blackburn & Carter
Mary Munson
Coastal States Organization





Program

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:10 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Howard Rosen, RNRF Chairman
Former President, Society of Wood Science and Technology
Silver Spring, Maryland

9:10 am - 9:30 am
Congress Context and Goals
Tom Chase, Chair, RNRF 2013 Congress Program Committee
Director, Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers
Reston, Virginia
[Remarks]

What is coastal resilience? Using Coastal Planning and Management to Advance Coastal Resilience.
Introduced and moderated by Tom Chase, Chair, RNRF 2013 Congress Program Committee

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Threats to our Coasts: Climate Change-Driven Sea Level Rise and Extreme Weather Events.
An illustration of coastal vulnerability and why we need to act.
Zoe Johnson, Program Manager for Climate Policy and Planning, Office for a Sustainable Future, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Annapolis, Maryland
[Presentation]  
Referenced resources: [Forecasting Sea Level Rise for Maryland]   [Climate Change in Maryland]

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Discussion/ Questions

10:30 am - 11:30 am
RNRF Awards Presentation
Howard Rosen, RNRF Chairman
Excellence in Journalism Award - Dirty, Sacred Rivers: Confronting South Asia's Water Crisis, by Cheryl Colopy
Outstanding Achievement Award - Chasing Ice, directed by Jeff Orlowski
Sustained Achievement Award - Al Gore   

11:30 am - 11:45 am
Break

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
What Resilience Means to Coastal Communities in the Face of Climate Change.
Best Management Practices to Manage and Enhance Community, Economic, and Coastal Resilience.
Gerald Galloway, Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
[Presentation]  
Referenced resources: [Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative]   [Holistic Coasts: Adaptive Management of Changing Hazards, Risks & Ecosystems]

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Discussion/ Questions

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch

Afternoon sessions introduced and moderated by Charles Chesnutt, Coastal Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources.

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy. How the federal government is working to ensure resilience and mitigation in recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Marion McFadden, Senior Attorney for Disaster Recovery, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Former Acting Executive Director, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force
Washington, D.C.
[Presentation]  
Referenced resource: [Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy]

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Discussion/ Questions

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
A Systems Approach Encompassing Natural Defenses and Resilient Structures: Innovative Funding Strategies
Kathleen White, Senior Lead for Global and Climate Change, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Washington, D.C.
[Presentation]  
Referenced resource: [Executive Order 13653 - Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change]

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Discussion/ Questions

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
National and Local Policy Imperatives.
What are current national policies? Are these policies wise or effective? What policies should states and local communities implement with regard to the coasts? What is the role of the federal government?
Margaret Davidson, Acting Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOAA
Silver Spring, Maryland
[Presentation]

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Discussion/ Questions
 

7:30 pm
Screening of Shored Up
A documentary about coastal communities and sea level rise
H.J. Patterson Hall, Room 0226
University of Maryland College Park

Featuring discussion and Q&A with director Ben Kalina
Open to the university community and the public

Location, Transit & Parking Info:
http://waterresources.umd.edu/shoredup/
  

Thursday, December 12, 2013



8:00 am - 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast

Promoting Resilient Coastal Practices in an Unsettled Environment
Introduced and moderated by Tom Chase, Chair, RNRF 2013 Congress Program Committee

9:00 am - 9:30 am
The Necessity of Risk-Based Management and Incentivized Risk Reduction.
Development in disaster-prone areas has not been driven by adequate knowledge of risk. A discussion of the changing landscape of coastal investment and development.
Howard Kunreuther, Co-Director, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
[Presentation]  
Referenced resource: [Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry]

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Discussion/ Questions

10:00 am - 10:30 am
The Insurance Industry's Response to Climate Change Impacts and Its Role in the Transition of Coastal Communities and Economies Toward a Resilient State
Lindene Patton, Chief Climate Product Officer, Zurich Financial Services
Washington, D.C.
[Presentation]  
Referenced resources: [Unmitigated disasters? New evidence on the macroeconomic cost of natural catastrophes]  
[Flood Insurance in New York City Following Hurricane Sandy]

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Discussion/ Questions

11:00 am - 11:30 am
An international perspective on sea level rise and options available for coastal and urban adaptation.
Dale Morris, Senior Economist, Royal Netherlands Embassy and Co-Director, Dutch Dialogues
Washington, D.C.
[Presentation]

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Discussion/ Questions

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Lunch

NGOs, States, Local Communities and Response
Introduced and moderated by Tom Chase, Chair, RNRF 2013 Congress Program Committee

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm
Economic Realities of the New Post-Recession America and the Future of Coastal Management.
The need for new partnerships that promote smart use and development to achieve a resilient coast.
Howard Marlowe, President, Marlowe and Company
Washington, D.C.
[Presentation]

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Discussion/ Questions

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
The Role of the NGO.
How do you build community, exploit connections, and build excitement? What is the future of the NGO community in the debate on the future of our nation's coasts?
Jim Blackburn, Partner, Blackburn & Carter
Houston, Texas
[Presentation]  
Referenced resource: [SSPEED Center]

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Discussions/ Questions

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Break

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Coastal Zone Management and Community Resilience
Mary Munson, Executive Director, Coastal States Organization
Washington, D.C.
[Presentation]

3:30 - 4:00 pm
Discussions/ Questions

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Congress Wrap up and Discussion
Robert Day, RNRF Executive Director
Bethesda, Maryland



Location


RNRF's Congress on Coastal Resilience and Risk was held at the newly constructed NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction at the University of Maryland M Square Research Park in College Park, Maryland. 

The center is located 1.5 miles from the entrance to the University of Maryland campus and approximately one-half mile from the College Park Metro Station on the Green line. The University of Maryland runs a free shuttle from the College Park Metro to the NOAA Center daily from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm every 15 minutes.

Driving Instructions: From Interstate 495, take exit 23 for MD-201 N/ Kenilworth Ave toward Greenbelt. Turn right onto MD-201 South/ Kenilworth Avenue. Turn right onto River Road. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto University Research Court. The center will be on the
left.

A block of rooms was established at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center at the University of Maryland.

The Marriott Inn and Conference Center
3501 University Boulevard East
Hyattsville, Maryland 20783



Further Reading



Extreme Weather Events: Limiting Federal Fiscal Exposure and Increasing the Nation's Resilience. Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. February 12, 2014. GAO-14-364T

Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adaptation Efforts. Published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on January 31, 2014. GAO-14-74.

Holistic Coasts: Adaptive Management of Changing Hazards, Risks, and Ecosystems. A Summary Report based on the 4th Assembly of the Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forum. Published by the Association of Sustainable Flood Plain Managers Foundation. 2013.

The White House issued an Executive Order on Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change on November 6, 2013.

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy: Stronger Communities, A Resilient Region. Developed by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force (a federal initiative chaired by Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) in August 2013. According to the report, new infrastructure must be built to be resilient and existing systems must be strengthened to withstand "increasingly dangerous storms" ahead. The report stresses the need to build and rebuild with climate change and its potential effects in mind.

Meeting the Science Needs of the Nation in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy -- A U.S. Geological Survey Science Plan for Support of Restoration and Recovery. This science plan was developed immediately following Hurricane Sandy to coordinate continuing USGS activities with other agencies and to guide continued data collection and analysis to ensure support for recovery and restoration efforts. July 1, 2013.

Climate Change: Future Federal Adaptation Efforts Could Better Support Local Infrastructure Decision Makers. Published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on April 12, 2013. GAO-13-242.

The National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee at NOAA has overseen the development of a Draft National Climate Assessment (NCA). Comments were accepted between January 14 and April 12, 2013.

Flood Insurance in New York City Following Hurricane Sandy. RAND Corporation Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation. 2013.

Unmitigated disasters? New Evidence on the macroeconomic cost of natural catastrophes. Bank for International Settlements Working Papers No. 394. December 2012

Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative. Published by the National Academies. 2012.

Climate Change Adaptation: Strategic Federal Planning Could Help Government Officials Make More Informed Decisions. Published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on October 7, 2009. GAO-10-113.




Delegate Affiliations


American Meteorological Society
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Landscape Architects
American Water Resources Association
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Association of State Floodplain Managers
Balmori Associates
Bates College
Biohabitats, Inc.
Blackburn & Carter
CB&I
CDM Smith
Ceres
City of Baltimore
City of New York
Climate Central
Coastal Resources Management Council
Coastal States Organization
Dawson & Associates
East Carolina University - Center for Sustainable Tourism
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Law Institute
Geological Society of America
George Mason University
Georgetown University Law - Climate Center
Global Interconnections LLC
Governors' South Atlantic Alliance
Kearns & West
Illinois Extension Disaster Education Network
Integrated Ocean Observing System Association
Johns Hopkins University - Global Water Center
Leidos
Louisiana Sea Grant
Louisiana Sea Grant - Law & Policy Program
Marlowe & Company
Marstel-Day
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Institute College of Art
Matrix New World Engineering, Inc.
Maryland Sea Grant
Meridian Institute
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Morgan State University
National Academy of Sciences
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
National Association of Conservation Districts
National Association of Counties
National Association of Development Organizations
National Estuarine Research Reserve Association
National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure
National League of Cities
National Recreation and Park Association
National Research Council
National States Geographic Information Council
National Wildlife Federation
Nature Conservancy
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
New Jersey Future
Normandeau Associates
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Pew Charitable Trusts
Renewable Natural Resources Foundation
Resources for the Future
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
Roger Williams University School of Law - Marine Affairs Institute
Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Science
Royal Netherlands Embassy
Simon Fraser University - Vancouver, British Columbia
Society of Wood Science and Technology
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
Stanford University - Center for Ocean Solutions
Texas A&M University
Texas Sea Grant
Texas Tech University
Union of Concerned Scientists
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Research and Development
U.S. Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Government Accountability Office
U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Center for Satellite Applications and Research
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Office of Research / Climate Program Office
U.S. Navy
University of Delaware - Physical Ocean Science and Engineering
University of Maryland
University of Maryland - Center for Environmental Science
University of Maryland - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland - Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
University of Maryland - Environmental Finance Center
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business
University of Rhode Island - Coastal Institute
University of Washington - Washington Sea Grant
URS Corporation
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Virginia Tech - Urban Affairs and Planning
Woodrow Wilson Center
World Wildlife Fund
Yale University
Zurich Insurance Group



Congress Program Committee

Chair:
Tom Chase, Chair, RNRF 2013 Congress Program Committee; Alternate Director, RNRF Board of Directors; Director, Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers
Members:
Robert Day, RNRF Executive Director
John S. Dickey Jr., RNRF Board Member
John E. Durrant, RNRF Board Member; Sr. Managing Director, Engineering & Lifelong Learning, American Society of Civil Engineers
Dick Engberg, RNRF Vice-Chairman; Technical Director, American Water Resources Association
Sarah Gerould, RNRF Board Member; Former Board Member, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry; Staff Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
Albert A. Grant, RNRF Board Member; Former President, American Society of Civil Engineers; Consulting Civil Engineer
John W. Hess
, RNRF Board Member; Executive Director, The Geological Society of America
Paul A.T. Higgins, RNRF Board Member; Director, Policy Program, American Meteorological Society
Christopher Lant, RNRF Board Member; Executive Director, Universities Council on Water Resources; Professor of Geography, Southern Illinois University
Chris McEntee, RNRF Board Member; Executive Director/CEO, American Geophysical Union
Howard Rosen, RNRF Chairman; Former President, Society of Wood Science and Technology
Nancy C. Somerville, Alternate Director, RNRF Board of Directors; Executive Vice President, American Society of Landscape Architects
Barry Starke, RNRF Board Member; Former President, American Society of Landscape Architects; Principal, Earth Design Associates, Inc.
Kasey White, Director for Geoscience Policy, Geological Society of America

Staff Liaisons:
Melissa Montagna Goodwin, RNRF Program Director
Christopher Goslin, RNRF Program Intern
Carolyn Tilney, RNRF Policy Intern

Special thanks to:
Adrienne Antoine, Program Manager, Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications Program, NOAA
Ana Unruh-Cohen, Deputy Staff Director, Natural Resources Committee, U.S House of Representatives
Charley Chesnutt, Coastal Engineer, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Margaret Davidson, Acting Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOAA
Miriam Goldstein
, Sea Grant Fellow, Natural Resources Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
Mary Munson
, Executive Director, Coastal States Organization
Kevin Shanley, CEO, SWA Group
Kristan Uhlenbrock, Public Affairs Coordinator, American Geophysical Union


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