Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Webinar Series

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Webinar Series

This series will address the major impacts of climate change across four crucial areas: storm intensity duration frequency, sea level rise, agriculture, and health. Expert presenters and moderators will provide new research, case studies, and adaptation strategies from around the world. The series will address how to assess the climate change impact or risk for your area, discuss what to consider in an adaptation plan, and what can be done to reduce the risk. 

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$350  Member         $450 Nonmember

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: Storm Intensity Duration Frequency

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
1:00 pm- 2:30pm ET

As atmospheric temperatures increase, the atmosphere can hold more moisture, and as a result storms are expected to be more intense.  This webinar will discuss how and why to use the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) data to forecast storm intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) using the City of Surrey in British Columbia as an example. In addition, the webinar will review how the City of Surrey is using the new IDF curves in planning stormwater infrastructure renovations.

$99.00  Member; $149.00 Nonmember 


Dr. Hong Liu, Ph.D., P. Met.
Hong Liu is as a certified professional meteorologist with 29 years of experience in applied meteorology, climatology, and hydrometeorology.  He has carried out rainfall data analysis and climate change trending analysis for various cities in Canada and internationally.  Hong has also constructed intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) statistics and probable maximum precipitation (PMP) for the existing climate and future climate change scenarios for various watersheds to study the impact of climate change on infrastructures, using advanced climate change analytics, for municipalities, insurance industry, landfill and mining operations. Hong received his Ph.D. from York University, and has published over 30 papers / presentations in journals and conferences.

Sean Capstick, Principal, Golder
Sean Capstick is a Principal with Golder in the Greater Toronto Area with 24 years of environmental consulting and government experience.  Sean is directing a number of climate change studies on public/private infrastructure for government and other key clients that include an assessment of how a changing climate may affect a project and how best practices in climate science can improve infrastructure planning.

Andrew Wiens, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Associated Engineering
Andrew Wiens is a Senior Water Resources Engineer with 16 years of experience with Associated Engineering. Mr. Wiens is a licensed professional engineer in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan and is responsible for providing technical leadership and specialist hydro-technical expertise for Associated Engineering projects across Western Canada. He has focused on evaluating urban flood risk from extreme rainfall for the last 10 years. Recently, this has led to the use of detailed dual drainage model analysis together with quantitative flood risk assessments to develop defensible and transparent climate change mitigation plans.


C. Flint Webb, PE, Leidos

Flint Webb is a Project Manager at Leidos (formerly SAIC) with 37 years of experience in engineering.  Mr. Webb is a licensed professional engineer in California, Virginia, Maryland and Ohio.  Mr. Webb's environmental experience includes air quality emissions inventories, health risk assessments, designing air pollution controls, soil and groundwater remediation, air emissions permitting, overseeing stack tests and project management for all kinds of projects from evaluating new technologies to major construction.  Mr. Webb is the Chair of the A&WMA Technical Council’s Climate Change Division and is the General Conference Chair of the international specialty conference Finding Common Ground on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation to be held in Arlington, VA October 10-11.

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: Sea Level Rise

Thursday, August 24, 2017
1:00 pm- 2:30pm ET

As a result from climate change the sea level will rise in two different ways, first by the melting of land-based glaciers and second by the thermal expansion of the oceans.  Additionally geologic forces cause land upwelling and subsidence.  On top of the sea level rise storms cause additional sea level surges, and as storm intensities increase so also may storm surges.  This webinar will present the latest data from NOAA projecting sea level rises and strategies for estimating storm surges.  The various adaptation approaches being used by different jurisdictions in the Hampton Roads Virginia area will also be presented.

$99.00 Member; $149.00 Nonmember


Dr. William Sweet, Ph.D., NOAA
William Sweet is a NOAA oceanographer researching changes in coastal exposure due to sea level rise (SLR).  He recently helped the U.S. military assess SLR risks to their coastal installations and led the production of a new set of regional SLR scenarios for the on-going 4th U.S. National Climate Assessment. He recently moved to Annapolis to watch SLR effects first-hand.

Benjamin J. McFarlane, AICP, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
Ben McFarlane is a Senior Regional Planner for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the regional planning organization for southeastern Virginia. Mr. McFarlane has been with the HRPDC for over eight years, working primarily on the Commission’s coastal zone management efforts. He is the lead planner for the Commission’s coastal resiliency program. He has been a principal or contributing author on several technical reports produced by the HRPDC on issues such as climate change, sea level rise, green infrastructure, and water quality protection. Mr. McFarlane was a member of Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission and is a member of the Virginia Coastal Policy Team, which advises the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program on policy and funding priorities. He received a B.A. in Economics and a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Erik Tucker, Project Manager, Leidos
Erik Tucker is a Project Manager at Leidos with 12 years of experience supporting both commercial and government clients, including NASA and DoD. Mr. Tucker has focused on addressing mission-critical risks in the areas of engineering, environment, and energy. He has managed and otherwise contributed to projects involving integrated climate change mitigation and adaptation, GHG emissions accounting tool development and long-term reduction planning, workshop facilitation, and strategic alignment of energy, transportation, supply chain, and environmental commitments. Mr. Tucker also applies interdisciplinary policy expertise through parallel efforts involving sustainability, asset risk management, and toxic chemical emission reductions. He recently managed an interagency working group project leading to a published report on regionalizing sea level rise and extreme water level projections, worldwide, for DoD.

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: Agriculture

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
1:00 pm- 2:30pm ET

Besides the increased flooding caused by increased rainfall intensity-duration-frequency patterns, expected coastal flooding from sea level rise and increased droughts, discussed in previous webinars, the agriculture will also be affected by climate changes due to its critical dependence on climate and the complex role of agriculture in social and economic systems.  There are a number of climate change impacts to agriculture, including:
  • Food production and quality from changes in the growing season and other climate stressors,
  • Increases in the impacts from weeds, diseases and pests, and
  • Direct effects due to higher CO2 concentrations. 
Understanding and evaluating agricultural impacts is key to addressing them effectively. How to assess the climate change impacts to agriculture based on the region of the country will be reviewed.   There will be a discussion about what agricultural practices can and should be changed to minimize the impacts and also take advantage of the beneficial effects of climate change.

$99.00 Member; $149.00 Nonmember

Dennis Todey, Ph.D., Director, Midwest Climate Hub, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, USDA.

Dr. Dennis Todey is the Current Director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub who is nationally known for his understanding of Plains and Corn Belt climate issues, climate outlooks, climate change issues affecting agriculture, water and other related issues. Dr. Todey received his Ph.D in Agricultural Meteorology (Climatology) in 1995, MS from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1990, and a BS from Iowa State University in 1988, both in Meteorology. He served for 13 years as the State Climatologist and faculty of South Dakota State University and for seven years on the faculty of Iowa State University. He is also the Past President of the American Association of State Climatologists. Dr. Todey has worked with other state climatologists, regional climate centers, social scientists and programmers to develop a series of decision tools for agricultural advisors and producers throughout the corn belt.

Jerry Hatfield, Ph.D, Laboratory Director and Supervisory Plant Physiologist, USDA
Dr. Hatfield received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1975 in the area of Agricultural Climatology and Statistics a M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Kentucky in 1972, and B.S. from Kansas State University in Agronomy in 1971.  He served on the faculty of the University of California-Davis as a biometeorologist from 1975 through 1983 and then joined USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Lubbock, Texas, as the Research Leader of the Plant Stress and Water Conservation Research Unit from 1983 through 1989.  He was appointed Laboratory Director of the National Soil Tilth Laboratory in 1989 (renamed the Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in October 2009).  

Harish Rao, Ph.D., P.E., QEP, Rao Consulting Services Inc.

Harish Rao is a President and Principal Environmental Engineer at Rao Consulting Services Inc.  with over 36 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering consulting, academia and with the Illinois Pollution Control Board, a quasi-judicial state regulatory body.  Dr. Rao is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and licensed professional engineer in Illinois.  His consulting experience includes multi-media projects including air quality issues, human health risk assessments, regulatory permitting, planning documents, risk management plans, soil and groundwater remediation for a range of clients and carbon credits associated with energy efficiency. Dr. Rao is the Vice Chair of the A&WMA Technical Council and was the General Conference Chair of A&WMA’s 2015 International specialty conference on Climate Change in Chicago.

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: Health

Thursday, September 14, 2017
1:00 pm- 2:30pm ET

One of the most important, yet least talked about impacts of climate change is on public health across the United States. Climate change will both exacerbate existing health vulnerabilities and introduce new challenges to maintain the health and well-being of our communities. Increased rainfall and sea level rise will lead to hazards associated with flooding including drowning, and increased prevalence of respiratory problems associated with molds; Increased drought will cause increased forest and fires and the associated health impacts; and increases in temperature will lead to more heat related death and illness (Heat related deaths are already the leading cause of weather related mortality in the country).Ths webinar will include an introduction on how the Center For Disease Control is addressing the intersection of climate and public, as well as better define the challenges we are currently facing and will continue to face.  The presenter will provide insights from on-the-ground experience in Michigan working to assess climate risk and implement interventions in an increasing hostile political environment.

$99.00 Member; $149.00 Nonmember 

Kathryn Conlon, Ph. D., MPH, Epidemiologist, Center for Disease Control

Kathryn Conlon, Ph.D., MPH is an epidemiologist in the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Environmental Health. She holds a Master's in Public Health from Emory University and a PhD in Environmental Health Services from the University of Michigan. She joined the CDC in 2013, following a postdoctoral research fellowship with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Her research focuses on evaluating the health impacts of extreme heat events among vulnerable populations.

Aaron Ferguson, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Aaron Ferguson has worked with the Climate and Health Adaptation Program to build state-wide public health capacity for responding to the health impacts from climate change, since 2014. He has also worked with local and state governments, universities, and non-profit organizations in the areas of sustainability planning, climate resiliency, and environmental policy. He holds a master's degree in public administration focusing on policy and planning and a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management with a minor in economics.

Beth Gibbons, Managing Director, The American Society of Adaptation Professionals
Beth Gibbons, MUP is the Managing Director of the leading professional society for climate change adaptation professional in the United States. The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) connects and supports climate professionals, while advancing excellence and innovation in the field of climate adaptation.
Prior to leading ASAP Beth led the University of Michigan Climate Center and oversaw the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes RISA program. This program, which spans eight states and the province of Ontario, brings together researchers and community members to design and deliver usable climate information to inform decision making across a range of topics.