This webinar focused on how to effectively communicate coastal climate risks to homeowners, businesses and governments in order to make them better prepared and more resilient to floods. The panel will address tidal and storm flood issues, as well as sea-level rise and the use of innovative data tools to predict and prepare for extreme weather events in coastal communities. A recently released NOAA report based on data collected from tide stations across the U.S. over the last 50 years warns that major portions of coastal areas are at greater risk for more frequent storm surges this winter, in part due to the strengthening El Nino weather effect.
During the webinar, leading experts in the fields of risk communication, flood modeling, and real-time data systems for preparedness discussed the current state of the art for new technologies that can help coastal communities adapt to floods and minimize damage from storms. The panel explored innovative ways to employ social science-based strategies to powerfully communicate coastal climate risks.
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Peter Williams, IBM’s Chief Technology Officer for Green Innovation
Heidi Stiller, Human Dimensions Specialist, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Keren Bolter, Research Coordinator, Florida Atlantic University Center for Environmental Studies
This distinguished panel discussed the use of “downscaled” coastal flood predictions to help assess the preparedness levels of coastal cities and towns in real time — even as major storms approach. These newly available technologies can help set the basis of design for new public infrastructure projects, as well inform proposed modifications to public policies such as land-use, zoning and building codes.