Advancing Climate Resilience for Coastal Infrastructure: Insights from a Decade of Applied Research
This presentation will synthesize and highlight some of the major takeaways from 10+ years of work conducted by Dr. Austin Becker and his associates in the “Marine Affairs Coastal Resilience Lab” at the University of Rhode Island. These research investigations span a variety of coastal infrastructure resilience topics including: communicating storm impacts to emergency managers in Rhode Island, perceptions of climate change amongst port administrators (globally); impacts of hurricanes on port communities; barriers to resilience investing at northeast ports; and vulnerability assessments undertaken by US ports. Over the years, Dr. Becker’s lab has worked with both the American Association of Port Authorities and the International Association of Ports and Harbors, the US Committee on the Maritime Transportation System, the Dept. of Homeland Security, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers to conduct this applied research that informs decision making and policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Together, the projects discussed in this presentation shed light on how coastal infrastructure (and its societal dependents) are challenged by natural hazards now and in the future.
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