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Tuesday, July 21 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Planning ahead of the curve: Risk-informed resilience planning

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In the past, many planning efforts have been undertaken in the absence or with limited information of natural hazards and their associated impacts. This is a product of many factors, such as availability of hazard/risk information, achieving understanding of the implications to the planning effort, ability to identify appropriate measures to address issues and availability of funding mechanisms. In the light of recent natural disasters and increasing awareness of the potential impacts of climate change communities may face potential liabilities and impacts to their bond ratings for overlooking hazards in their planning process. Given this, it is essential to proactively recognize natural hazards and operationalize resiliency in the planning process.

Our presentation will provide an overview of how resilience planning in response to climate change has been successfully tackled by multidisciplinary teams. We will demonstrate how the gap between scientific information, operations and suitable response actions can be pulled together in an interactive framework that provides contextual hazard information and allows user input to help prioritize outcomes including recommended actions. Federal and municipal case studies will provide real world applications that demonstrate the success of multi-disciplinary approaches for bridging the understanding gap. 

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Brian Batten, Ph.D, CFM

Coastal Planning Department Manager, Dewberry
Dr. Brian K. Batten is senior coastal scientist with Dewberry and manages their Coastal Planning Department. He was more than 17 years of experience in coastal hazard assessments at the local, state and federal level. Dr. Batten has led sea level rise vulnerability analyses to support awareness, outreach, and adaptation planning for the three states on the east coast, as well as for FEMA, NOAA, and the Transportation Research Board. Brian... Read More →
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Laurel McGinley, P.E.

Senior Associate, Dewberry
Laurel McGinley has 18 years of professional experience in program management, emergency management, and geotechnical and environmental engineering. Currently Ms. McGinley leads the engineering group within Dewberry’s Coastal and Resilience Consulting branch. As such, she oversees the development of a number of hazard mitigation and resilience projects, to include risk and vulnerability assessments, project scoping, benefit-cost analysis, and... Read More →
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Krista Rand

Staff Engineer, Dewberry
Interests: water resources, climate change adaptation, flooding, resilience, coastal and riverine communities, vulnerability assessment and risk analysis, complex systems, decision-support tools, science and governance

Tuesday July 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

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