Sea Level Rise Summit 2013 - AGENDA - Download the Summit   program .

Many of the presenters at the Summit gave a PowerPoint for their presentation. These have been provided as PDF's and are linked to their names below. 

DAY 1 - Wednesday, October 16

9:00am
Welcoming Remarks
    • Dennis Crudele, Interim President, Florida Atlantic University (confirmed)
    • John P. “Jack” Seiler, Mayor, City of Fort Lauderdale (confirmed)
Summit Overview: Leonard Berry, Director, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University
9:15-9:45am
Keynote Speaker
  • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, DPZ, Architects and Town Planners
9:45am-12:30pm

Session One:  Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge: A Damaging Combination

This session has three goals: (1) To take stock of the state of our scientific knowledge relative to sea level rise, specifically the current and projected future rates of rise; (2) To focus on storm surge, its exacerbation by sea level rise, current and expected impacts and potential for damage on natural and built environments, and; (3) To recognize that collaboration between scientists and design professionals, such as architects and engineers, is vital for the adaptation and resilience of vulnerable communities confronted with the dual threat of sea level rise and storm surge.

Moderator:  Ricardo Alvarez , Vulnerability Assessment & Mitigation, mitigat.com
Part 1

Sea Level Rise & Storm Surge, the Florida Model

Speakers:
  • Jayantha Obeysekera, Hydrologic & Environmental Systems Modeling, South Florida Water Management District 
  • Scott Hagen, Professor, Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida 
10:45-11:00am

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Part 2

Communication & Collaboration

Speakers:
  • Samantha Danchuk, Coastal Planning & Engineering, Inc. 
  • Hugh Gladwin, Associate Professor, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University 
  • Caroline Lewis, Founder and Director, The CLEO Institute 
  • Tommy Strowd , Assistant Executive Director, South Florida Water Management District 
  • Thomas Ruppert, Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant College Program 
12:30-1:30pm
LUNCH  -   Poster Networking Opportunities
1:30-3:45pm

Session Two: Adversity, Opportunity and Resilience: Economic Implications of Sea Level Rise

This session will focus on three primary areas where sea level rise is likely to have an impact on the economy: (1) industries facing adverse consequences with a focus on the power, insurance and real estate industries. (2) opportunities that businesses will face related to sea level rise; and (3) economic issues that government, business, and society will face, including rising mitigation and adaptation costs, property tax base at risk, and economic sustainability in the face of environmental uncertainty.

Moderators: 

Julia Higgs, Associate Professor, School of Accounting, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) & Mantha Mehallis, Management-International Business Entrepreneurship, FAU

Speakers:
  • Julie Dennis, Division of Community Development, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity 
  • Keith McCue , Vice President, Underwriting and Assistant General Counsel, Renaissance Reinsurance 
  • Jonathan "J.T."Lockman, Vice President of Environmental Planning, Catalysis Adaptation Partners 
  • Jeff Williams , Director, Climate Consulting, Entergy 
  • Mitchell A. Chester, Esq. of the Law Office of Mitchell A. Chester, P.A., Sea Level Rise & The Law
  • Sam Poole, Partner, Berger Singerman 
3:45-4:00pm
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4:00-5:30pm

Session Three: Integrating the Health Impacts of Sea Level Rise into Resiliency & Adaptation Planning

The goal of this session is identify on-going efforts and gaps in understanding the health impacts of sea level rise into resiliency and adaptation planning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences report that the environmental consequences of climate change will directly and indirectly affect the physical, social, and psychological health of humans.These public health issues will especially affect children, the elderly, the poor and those with underlying health conditions with negative impacts on our families, communities and economy. Mitigation and adaptation planning efforts must aggressively focus on the steps that can be taken to increase community resilience to the adverse public health impacts of climate change. These steps will broadly benefit not only health, but the region’s environment, economy, and society as well. This panel will provide perspectives from local, state, and federal partners and illuminate the need for a greater focus on health impacts in the climate change and sea level rise discourse. 

Moderators: 

Debora Kerr, Chief Operating Officer, Florida Public Health Institute & Isabel Cosio Carballo,  Southeast Florida Regional Partnership Coordinator, South Florida Regional Planning Council  

Speakers:

  • Sandra F. Whitehead, University of Florida’s Center for Health and the Built Environment 

  • Nancy J. Gassman, Natural Resources Administrator, Energy & Sustainability Program, Broward County, Florida 
  • Maribeth Gidley , University of Miami - Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) 

  • Kristina Kintziger , Environmental Consultant, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Florida Department of Health 

  • Anamarie Garces , Executive Director Urban Health Partnerships 
  • Keren Bolter , Research Assistant, Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University

6:30-8:30pm
Tropical Riverview Reception - Do not miss this exciting event! Reception will be held on the 8th floor Skyline Terrace of the Riverside Hotel overlooking the New River and Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

DAY 2 - Thursday, October 17

9:00-9:10am

Day One Recap

Summit Overview: Leonard Berry, Director, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University

9:10-9:30am

Welcoming Speaker - Ben Kalina, Director, Producer, Shored Up

 

9:30am-12:30pm

Session Four: Impacts on Built Environments: Envisioning a New Paradigm

The goals of this session are to: 1) Discuss new approaches to design thinking; 2) Identify the critical factors that should drive design decisions in the immediate, near, and long-term future. Describe the contingent nature of design activity, discuss the main drivers and performance metrics, provide the designer with critical information needed to adequately address existing problems as well as longer term solutions; 3) Develop a vision for the International Sea Level Rise Workshop on Saturday October 19th, and; 4) Engage participants in a dialogue to establish the key aspects for current and future design activity in the built environment.

Moderator: Anthony Abbate, Associate Provost for the Broward Campuses and Professor, School of Architecture, Florida Atlantic University

Part 1

Impacts on Built Environments

Speakers:
  • Paul D. Zwick, Professor and Director of the GeoPlan Center Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida 
  • Fred Bloetscher , Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, Florida Atlantic University 
  • William Tilson, Professor, Director, Preservation Institute: Caribbean, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida 
  • Brian Wolshon, Director, Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation & Transportation Resiliency, Louisiana State University 
10:30-10:45am

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Part 2

Impacts on Built Environments

 

Speakers:
12:30-1:30pm
LUNCH  -   Poster Networking Opportunities
1:30-4:45pm

Session Five: Adaptation, Innovation and Resilience on Local, National and International Fronts

The goal of this session is to identify the key components of a potential adaptation strategy tool kit for Florida and by extension similar coastal areas nationally and globally based on the findings of the earlier sessions which have outlined the physical, economic and built environment parameters of the region based on a number of examples.

In the face of these multiple challenges local communities are responding by regionally organizing and developing adaptation and mitigation activities. These initiatives will be complemented by an international panel which will bring a diverse array of viewpoints to the table.

The output will be a concise set of recommendations for mitigation and adaptation approaches and priorities aiming at truly sustainable adaptation, linking local experience with insights from the US, UK, Netherlands, Mexico, Australia and Sweden.


Moderator: Leonard Berry, Director, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University
Part 1

Reports from the Field

  • Kristin Jacobs, Mayor, Broward County Florida 
  • Jim Murley, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Planning Council 
  • James Beever , Principal Planner, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council 
  • Laura Geselbracht , Senior Marine Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, Florida Chapter 
  • Henri Boulet , Executive Director, LA 1 Coalition 
  • Joe Bouchard , Former Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk
  • Fernando A. Vazquez, Group Leader Water Infrastructure South Florida, Jacobs 
  • Tim Osborn , Regional Navigation Manager, NOAA Office of Coast Survey, Gulf Coast 
  • Curtis Sommerhoff , Director, Office of Emergency Management, Assistant Director, Fire Rescue, Miami-Dade County 
3:00-3:15 pm

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Part 2

Global Adaptation Perspectives

  • Carlos Constandse , Cancun, Mexico 
  • Pim Nijssen , Twynstra & Gudde, Netherlands 
  • Rosemary Kennedy, Director, Centre for Subtropical Design, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia 
  • Matthew Wadey , Research Fellow - Ocean & Earth Sciences, Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences at University of Southampton 
4:45-5:15pm

Culminating Discussion & Wrap Up

Moderator: Scott Hagen, Professor, Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering, University of Central FL

  • Anthony Abbate, Associate Provost for the Broward Campuses and Professor, School of Architecture, Florida Atlantic University 
  • Ricardo Alvarez, Vulnerability Assessment & Mitigation, mitigat.com 
  • Leonard Berry, Director, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University 
  • Isabel Cosio Carballo,  Southeast Florida Regional Partnership Coordinator, South Florida Regional Planning Council 
  • Julia Higgs, Associate Professor, School of Accounting, Florida Atlantic University 
  • Debora Kerr, Chief Operating Officer, Florida Public Health Institute 
  • Mantha Mehallis, Management-International Business Entrepreneurship, Florida Atlantic University 

For more information contact:
Mary Beth Hartman, Conference & Outreach Coordinator
Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University
mhartman@fau.edu

 
 
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