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Washington Silver Jackets Team Explores Climate Resilience in Flood Risk Management

The WA Silver Jackets team was funded in 2017 to develop an outreach strategy for state and federal agencies to better articulate the impacts of climate change to local officials and to create a learning network around climate and flood risk to build knowledge, relationships, and resources. This is a follow-up project to a partnership with UW-Climate Impacts Group where they put together a valuable Silver Jackets workplan for incorporating climate considerations in FRM.

The effort is ongoing and there are two key products taking shape: a 6-part webinar series ranging from climate science to case studies to funding programs; and a climate resilience resource inventory - an easy-to-navigate excel database with flowcharts and web links to direct users toward helpful information. Completion of the inventory in scheduled for fall 2018. It is intended to be a living document and the first version of it will be posted to this page when complete.

The webinar series began July 26 and will continue with one webinar every couple weeks until early October. CFMs attending the live webinars earn a 1-hour continuing education credit. But all webinars are recorded and the first four can be downloaded below. For best viewing experience, play the audio and video simultaneously and mute the sound on the video file. Also available is the transcription of the audio file.

PART I: Project Introduction and Background

Travis Ball, USACE Seattle District and WA Silver Jackets Coordinator

Video (wmv, 89.0 MB)

Audio (mp3, 10.4 MB) and Transcription (pdf, 96.0 KB)

PART II: Climate Change Impacts Assessment for Water Resources and Infrastructure of the Pacific Northwest

Chris Frans, USACE Seattle District

Video (wmv, 76.0 MB)

Audio (mp3, 10.4 MB) and Transcription (pdf, 204 KB)

PART III: Projected Sea Level Rise in Washington State – A 2018 Assessment and Application of USACE Sea Level Change Calculator in South Park Flood Risk Assessment

Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant

Travis Ball, USACE Seattle District and WA Silver Jackets Coordinator

Video (wmv, 111 MB)

Audio (mp3, 12.5 MB) and Transcription (pdf, 237 KB)

PART IV: NOAA Digital Coast – More Than Just Data (National Silver Jackets hosted webinar)

Kristin Ransom, NOAA Office of Coastal Management

Look for the SJ Webinar on NOAA Digital Coast Website on the National Silver Jackets page

PART V: Incorporating Climate Change Projections In Culvert Design

George Wilhere, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Guillaume Mauger, UW Climate Impacts Group

Audio (mp3, 11 MB) and Transcription (89 KB): Audio starts at the 1:30 with introductory comments, followed by George (6:25) and Guillaume (27:45).

We had technical difficulties with this video recording. As an alternative we have a pdf of George's presentation (pdf, 3.5 MB) and one of Guillaume's presentation (pdf, 7.1 MB). Also included is the Ecological Engineering paper (pdf, 2.8 MB) George refers to in Slide 5. And the Climate Robust Culvert Design webpage Guillaume refers to in Slide 9 with links to the culvert design tool.

PART VI: Coming soon…..

 

The team is partnering with our colleagues at the Northwest Floodplain Managers Association (NORFMA) to offer wide distribution of the webinars and other materials, while also leading a presentation track at the NORFMA Annual Conference in September. A top priority for the project is to foster a network of floodplain managers at all levels of government and the private sector to share knowledge, resources, and expertise when it comes to climate resilience and flood risk management. NORFMA offers the framework for such an endeavor and have been a key partner.