ASCE-Structural Engineering Institue (SEI) Colorado Chapter Live Webinar:
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Professor Paul S. Chinowski, University of Colorado Boulder
Topic: The Cost of Infrastructure Climate Adaptation
Climate change is the most challenging ethical, financial, and design concern for engineers of our time. This statement is not only bold, it is rapidly encompassing the challenge that is facing public and private project developers. Climate change projections show distinct changes in many geographic areas in terms of precipitation, temperature, wind, and snow. These projections are in turn revealing potential weaknesses in our infrastructure including vulnerabilities in the stormwater, rail, road, and building sectors. This talk addresses these concerns along with efforts being made on local and national levels to address the issue. Adaptation efforts by the EPA, counties, and states provide a background for understanding the challenge of how and when to address climate change.
Paul Chinowsky is the Director of the Program in Environmental Design and Professor of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prof. Chinowsky has worked locally, nationally, and internationally assisting decision-makers in determining adaptation approaches to infrastructure vulnerable to projected climate change impacts. His models have been used by groups including the US EPA, the World Bank, and the United Nations as well as states, counties, and private companies.