Shoring Up: A Capitol Hill Briefing On Natural Infrastructure

Next week, COMPASS is supporting scientists to share their knowledge on how, where and when natural infrastructure can be used to enhance the protection and resilience of our coasts and coastal communities. We are excited to be partnering with the American Metrological Society for this briefing. This event is part of our connecting work – where our goal is to create opportunities to connect scientists to the right people at the right time. We hope you can join us next week!

UPDATE: Thank you to all who attended! We’ve provided the slides and handout from the speakers below.

Shoring Up: A science briefing on the potential of natural infrastructure to enhance the resilience of our nation’s coasts

Mantoloking, New Jersey, after Hurricane Sandy. Image by Greg Thompson/USFWS. CC BY 2.

October 20, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m.
Room SVC 201, Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.
Lunch Provided – Please RSVP here

When Hurricane Sandy devastated the eastern seaboard in October 2012, we were reminded just how vulnerable our Nation’s infrastructure and coastal communities could be. We were recently reminded of it again, as South Carolina experienced historic flooding and unprecedented impacts on vital infrastructure, such as roads and municipal water supplies.

At this briefing, a panel of scientists will explore how natural infrastructure can be used to enhance the protection and resilience of our coasts and coastal communities. The panelists will discuss frameworks for evaluating the costs and benefits of a natural infrastructure approach, including consideration of up-front costs versus long-term maintenance. A case study from the New York City area will serve as a starting point for discussion of the role and utility of natural infrastructure in other areas of the country such as the Gulf of Mexico, the West Coast, and New England. A lively discussion moderated by Science Magazine’s Deputy News Editor David Malakoff will follow to explore the nexus of science, policy and management.

PANELISTS

David Malakoff, Science Magazine (Moderator)

Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier, University of Maryland / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Todd Bridges, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center

Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, Stanford University / The Natural Capital Project

Dr. Elizabeth C. Smith, The Nature Conservancy

Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

UPDATE: BRIEFING MATERIALS

Briefing handout–click to open a page where you can download it.

Slides from the briefing--click to open a new page where you can download them.

Slides from the briefing–click to open a new page where you can download them.

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