At next week’s BCWWA Climate Adaptation Conference we’ll be talking common-sense principles for climate adaptation. Join us to learn why you want to be a meerkat and not an elephant. Tamsin will be joined be her colleagues from Compass Resource Management, who will be speaking about the tools and approaches we used to develop the City of Vancouver’s Sea Level Rise Strategy. Come join us, and if you can’t – watch our event page for upcoming presentations.
Presentation Title: Avoiding white elephants: common‐sense principles for adaptation
Presentation Abstract: Climate is a moving target ‐ we know the world is warming, we know the sea level is rising but we are deeply uncertain about the pace of this. Current standard practices for engineering design and current benefit‐cost based decision frameworks weren’t developed for this new reality. If we continue to use standards based methods (e.g. a 0.2% design flood) and simple decision frameworks (e.g. benefit/cost) we are setting ourselves up to fail. The success of traditional infrastructure, designed on old principles, is typically binary…it works until it fails. In this presentation, we propose common‐sense principles and ideas to create a paradigm shift in design thinking. These principles will lead to a more robust future where infrastructure is useful and effective under multiple climate futures.