Learning from the Netherlands, Part 1: Designing a 200 Year Climate Resiliency
- NorCal ADPSR Presents:
Learning from the Netherlands, Part 1: Designing a 200 Year Climate Resiliency Plan for the Bay Area
October 18, 2011 6:00pm-8:30pm
AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, 6th Floor (Montgomery Street BART)
$8-10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
The scientific evidence is clear: we are now facing a variety of dramatic consequences from climate change, including a certain prospect of rising sea levels. The impacts on the Bay Area will be extensive and expensive. Maintaining major infrastructure, including highways, airports, mass transit systems, and our drinking water supply, will require enormous expenditures. And the nature and shape of development in low-lying areas will certainly need to change.
So what is the appropriate response? The Dutch have a long tradition of responding to historic flooding from the North Sea. In contrast to Bay waterfront development, the Dutch are already pulling back along their coastlines with a commitment to spend as much as 140 billion dollars in preparation for a potential 1.4 meters of sea level rise over this century, and 2 to 4 over the next. Author Mark Hertsgaard traveled the world studying the effects of global climate change, and writes that the Netherlands has employed the kind of bold decisive preparation that will determine the future for the Bay Area.
Please join ADPSR in a discussion divided into two segments first, comparing Dutch and American experience in sea level rise mitigation, and secondly, an engaging discussion with our audience about new frameworks for shaping development in our dynamic bioregion.
Bart van Bolhuis, Consul General for The Netherlands in San Francisco
Mark Hertsgaard, journalist and author of six books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including his latest, Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.
Steven Goldbeck, Deputy Director at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning and Public Policy from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has been on the staff of SFBCDC since 1985 where he has specialized in policy and management of technical planning issues, including water quality, sediment management and climate change.
Dilip Trivedi, Dr. Eng., P.E. is a Senior Coastal and Civil Engineer with Moffatt & Nichol, with twenty years of experience on a variety of issues related to coastal engineering and wetlands restoration. Moffatt & Nichol are the civil engineers selected for the Treasure Island redevelopment, recently approved by the Board of Supervisors.
Peter Wijsman, Project Manager, ARCADIS-US, is leading a team of U.S. and Dutch engineers and scientists to investigate the impact of a rising sea level on the Bay's shoreline, and to develop strategies for adaptation. The study is the first pilot project of an alliance between the Netherlands and the State of California on climate change adaptation.
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