Climate Change Workshop Presentations

The Transportation Vulnerability Due to Climate Change workshop was held on March 8-9, 2011 at the East-West Center on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.

The following are the presentations given by climate scientists, engineers, and planners to the attendees at the start of the workshop.

Welcome and Introductions (144KB) by Brian Gibson, Executive Director, Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization

Painting the Climate Science Picture (7MB) by Dr. Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean and Professor, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). A visual presentation emphasizing the science of global climate change, observed climate changes in Hawaii, and stressors likely to affect Oahu’s transportation infrastructure including:

  • Sea-level rise
  • Inundation
  • Wave overtopping
  • Drainage
  • Slope stability
  • Thinking of climate change as a affects multiplier

 What if a Category Four Hurricane Came Onshore at Ewa? (827KB) by Dr. Kwok Fai Cheung, Professor, UH Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering. A visual presentation of the model showing a category four hurricane and related tidal surge on the south shore of Oahu; brief explanation of some of the impacts, e.g., flooding of airport and time to reopen, isolation of Sand Island, loss of harbor infrastructure, loss of 80% of housing, loss of power generation and oil refining capabilities and associated times to bring all back “on line.” Presentation touches on model assumptions and how it might change in light of higher sea-levels and/or if category four hurricanes were more common for Hawaii.

Urban Planning Challenges (61MB) by Dr. Karl Kim, Professor, UH Department of Urban and Regional Development. A visual presentation of work currently being done to integrate climate science and urban planning; challenges faced in terms of datasets and levels of uncertainty.

New Perspectives on Engineering Challenges (106KB) by Butch Wlaschin, PE, Director, Office of Asset Management, Office of Infrastructure, Federal Highway Administration. Looking at the “Big Picture” and taking the broadest view of engineering; understanding how the environmentally variable drivers will affect design decisions now and in the future.

Existing Problems (3MB) by Dolan Eversole, NOAA Coastal Storms Program Coordinator for the Pacific Region. Visual presentation on areas of Oahu that are currently experiencing affects of climate-related events on a regular basis, e.g., flooding in Mapunapuna and Campbell Industrial Park, affects of high waves on Kamehameha Highway on the north shore, rockfall at Makapuu, etc., as well as the impacts of historic events such as 2006 flooding, Hurricane Iniki, etc.

Climate Change Challenges and Social Impacts in Oceania (2MB) by Elizabeth E. Fischer, RLA, ASLA, APA, IAEM, USDOT Emergency Coordinator, Federal Highway Administration. A visual presentation of what is already happening to Pacific islands: Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Australia Council of State Governments report, etc.