While the specific timing and magnitude of climate change impacts are uncertain, long-lived infrastructure will need to be resilient to these potential impacts. Engineers, planners, and other stakeholders designing for climate change adaptation require the tools to maximize resilience and minimize cost for existing and proposed energy, transportation, water, urban and other types of infrastructure. For infrastructure, stakeholders need to minimize the regret associated with a policy or design decision across a range of variables over long-service lives. This presentation will discuss climate resilience decisions and policy for infrastructure and use stormwater infrastructure decision-making as an example.
About the speaker:
As well as being Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Constantine Samaras is Affiliated Faculty in the Energy Science, Technology and Policy Program; Director of the Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation and Co-Director of the Power Sector Carbon Index; and fellow of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also Adjunct Senior Researcher at the RAND Corporation, Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and a Non-Resident Fellow of the Payne Institute for Earth Resources at the Colorado School of Mines. He has published numerous studies examining electric and autonomous vehicles, renewable electricity, transitions in the energy sector, and climate resilience, was a contributor to the 4th National Climate Assessment of the United States, and was one of the lead author contributors to the Global Energy Assessment.
This event is part of the monthly seminar series of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre. For more information, refer to our website or contact us.