2015 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: Climate Change Adaptation
Oral Presentations

The Presenter of each paper is in BOLD type immediately following the paper title. Co-authors are then listed in parentheses. All abstracts in a session can be accessed using the Session Title link.

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Monday / June 15 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

John C. Tracy
President, American Water Resources Association
Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, University of Idaho, Boise, ID

C. Mark Dunning
Conference General Co-Chair
CDM Smith, Palmyra, VA

Carol R. Collier
Conference General Co-Chair
Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University Philadelphia, PA

Kathleen D. White
Conference Technical Program Chair
US Army Corps of Engineers, IWR, Hanover, NH

Keynote Speakers


Steve Stockton

Steven L. Stockton
Director of Civil Works, US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC.

Sustainable Systems are Resilient Systems


Jeff Hebert

Jeff Hebert
Executive Director, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
Chief Resiliency Officer, 100 Resilient Cities
New Orleans, LA


  Monday / June 15 / 10:30 AM - 12 NOON
Plenary Panel

Plenary Panel: Federal Agencies - Climate Adaptation Challenges and Progress

Kathleen White, USACE/IWR, Hanover, NH
Jerad D. Bales, USGS, Reston, VA
Karen Metchis, US EPA, Washington, DC
Nancy Beller-Simms, NOAA Climate Program Office, Silver Spring, MD

Managing water resources is a mission shared by many federal, state, tribal, and local agencies and stakeholder groups. Understanding how climate variability and change will affect future hydrologic conditions (e.g. water supply, water demands, water quality, floods, and aquatic ecosystems), and identifying adaptation strategies to manage risks, is a shared priority across these entities. To this end, several federal agencies have been collaborating to understand shared priorities, build working relationships, and bringing capabilities together across the federal/non-federal spectrum to build solutions that have impact. This panel will include representatives of several federal agencies who will describe progress and challenges.

  Monday / June 15 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 1 and 2

  Moderator - Rachel Grandpre
USACE IWR, Alexandria, VA

National Action Plan for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate - Jerad Bales, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA (co-author: K. Metchis)
Addressing Climate Change Adaptation in EPA's National Water Program - Highlights of Progress - Karen Metchis, USEPA, Washington, DC
NYC Wastewater Resiliency Plan: Climate Risk Assessment and Adaptation - Eric Rosenberg, Hazen and Sawyer, New York, NY (co-author: P. Balci)
Overcoming Collaboration Barriers Among Multiple Levels of Government for Climate Change Adaptation - Shirley Laska, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (co-authors: K. Peterson)

Moderator - Kathleen White
USACE IWR, Hanover, NH

A Cost-Benefit Approach to Coastal Adaptation - Craig Diamond, The Balmoral Group, Tallahassee, FL (co-authors: V. Seidel, A. Barker, C. Cortez, P.Yacobellis)
Economic Analysis of Nature Based Climate Change Adaptation - Gretchen Greene, ENVIRON International, Ridgefield, WA (co-authors: G. Reub, F. Kristanovich, B. Battalio, S. Newkirk, L. Verdonne, E. Vanderhoek)
Drought Management under a Changing Climate: Using Cost-Benefit Analyses to Assist Drinking Water Utilities - Richard Krop, The Cadmus Group, Inc., Santa Monica, CA (co-authors: J. Blue, N. Hiremath)
Economic Assessment Tools for Infrastructure Resilience Projects - Federal Transit Administration - Hazard Mitigation Cost Effectiveness (HMCE) and Tool Flood Recurrence Interval Calculator for Benefit-Cost Analysis - John Squerciati, Dewberry, Fairfax, VA (co-authors: K. Zomorodi, A. Schildge)


Monday / June 15 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 3 and 4

Moderator - Roselle Henn
USACE, Brooklyn NY

powerpointU.S. EPA Case Studies: Using Green Infrastructure to Build Community Resiliency - Eva Birk, U.S. EPA, Washington, DC
powerpointClimate-Informed Water Resources in the Southeast U.S. - Rachel Gregg, EcoAdapt, Seattle, WA (co-authors: W. Reynier, J. Hitt, A. Score)
powerpointClimate Change Impacts and Potential Stormwater Responses: Barriers and Opportunities for Local-level Action - Susan Asam, ICF International, Kailua, HI (co-authors: S. Julius, B. Bierwagen, D. Spindler, P. Robinson, T. Allen)
powerpointWater Resiliency Planning - Local, Onsite Rain Harvesting Green Infrastructure for Beneficial Uses - Neal Shapiro, City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

Moderator - Carol Collier
Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA

powerpointScaling up Use of Natural Infrastructure as a Coastal Community Resiliency Tool: Findings of an Experts Workshop - Shannon Cunniff, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, DC
powerpointStructures of Coastal Resilience: The Amphibious Suburb - Julia Chapman, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (co-authors: P. Lewis, M. Tsurumaki, D. J. Lewis, A. Knoell, K. Hayes)
powerpointStructures of Coastal Resilience: Novel Systems of Marsh Restoration: Atoll Terraces and the Island Motor, Jamaica Bay - Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, City College of New York, New York, NY
powerpointMethods for Uncertainty Analysis in Climate Predictions for a Resiliency Planning in Urban Scale - Krishna Khatri, Patel College of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (co-author: K. Ghebremichael)

Tuesday / June 16 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 5 and 6

Moderator - Brian Batten
Dewberry, Fairfax, VA

powerpointDeveloping Risk-Based Adaptation Plans - Nicole Tachiki, USEPA, Washington, D.C (co-author: M Craghan)
powerpointWMOST: A Tool for Assessing Cost-Benefits of Watershed Management Decisions Affecting Community Resilience Under Varying Climate Regimes - Naomi Detenbeck, US EPA Atlantic Ecology Division, Narragansett, RI (co-authors: V. Zoltay, A. Morrison, T. Garrigan, J. LeClair, R. Abele, M. Buchholtz ten Brink)
Managing Future Flood Risk in Coastal Louisiana - Jordan R. Fischbach, RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA (co-authors: D. R. Johnson, K. Kuhn, D. G. Groves)
powerpointUS Army Corps of Engineers Tools and Resources for Climate Change Planning - Chris Kurtz, CDM Smith, Denver, CO (co-authors: K. D. White, J. R. Arnold)

Moderator - Hannah Connors

Miami Beach Leading Solutions to Challenges from Sea Level Rise - Bruce Mowry, City of Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL
Case Studies on Climate Risk and Resilience Planning for Wastewater Infrastructure in Coastal Communities: Examples from FL and MA - Laurens Van Der Tak, CH2M HILL, Silver Spring, MD (co-authors: B. Goldenberg, B. McMillin, C. Jewell, P. Urich, P. Pasteris)
powerpointRising Seas and Wastewater Infrastructure in the New York Metropolitan Area - Eric Rosenberg, Hazen and Sawyer, New York, NY (co-authors: A. Luck, L. Bendernagel ,T. Groninger, S. Mehrotra, V. Rubino, A. Cohn, P. Balci, T. Lauro, M.Coley, J. Gibney )

Tuesday / June 16 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 7 and 8

Moderator - Karen Metchis
US EPA, Washington, DC

powerpointModeling Climate Change Impact on Urban Runoff - Douglas Beyerlein, Clear Creek Solutions, Inc., Mill Creek, WA
powerpointA Methodology for Developing Future Projections of Design Discharges Reflecting Global Climate Model (GCM) results - Mathew Mampara, Dewberry Consultants, Fairfax, VA (co-authors: M. Sreetharan, D. Smirnov)
powerpointModeling Climate Change Impact of Sea Level Rise on Urban Stormwater Systems - Douglas Beyerlein, Clear Creek Solutions, Inc., Mill Creek, WA
Management and Communication of Hydrologic Modeling Projection Results - Jonathan Quebbeman, Kleinschmidt, Fort Collins, CO

Moderator - C. Mark Dunning
CDM Smith, Palmyra, VA

powerpointExtreme Climate/Weather Events: Lessons Learned from Water and Wastewater Utilities - Katy Lackey, Water Environment Research Foundation, Alexandria, VA (co-authors: N. Beller-Simms, E. Brown, L. Fillmore, K. Metchis, K. Ozekin, C. Ternieden)
powerpointStructures of Coastal Resilience: Probabilistic Coastal Flood Hazard Mapping for Dynamic Performance Based Design - Julia Chapman, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (co-authors: G. Nordenson, N. Lin, C. Little, T. Mayo, M. Oppenheimer, M. Tantala)
powerpointBuilding Resilience in ICT: How Extreme Weather and a Changing Climate Can Impact Telecommunications and Data Centers, and What We Can Do About It - Benn Rabb, Acclimatise, Cardiff Bay, UK (co-authors: P. Adams, B. Ashe, J. Steeves)

Tuesday / June 16 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 9 and 10

Moderator - Mae Wu
Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL

powerpointSimulating the Effects of Rising Temperature on a Water Quality Impaired, Multi-Reservoir System in the Southeastern US - Kathryn van Werkhoven, Systech Water Resources, Inc, Walnut Creek, CA (co-authors: S. Sheeder, J. Herr)
USACE Statistical Tools for Hydrologic Analyses - Kathleen White, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources, Hanover, NH (co-authors: B. Baker, P. Seman, J. Arnold, A. Taylor, D. Friedman, J. Gade)
powerpointDeveloping a Modeling Framework for Nonstationary Urban Hydraulic Analyses - Ge Pu, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (co-authors: N. Devineni, F. Montalto)
Responding to Sea Level Rise and Climate Change, St. Johns River Water Managment District - Michael Cullum, St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, FL

Moderator - Deidre Crowl
KCI Technologies, Inc., Sparks, MD

powerpointClimate Adaptation Planning Across a Multi-Jurisdictional Watershed: the Common Waters Case Study - Stephanie Dalke, Pinchot Institute for Conservation, Washington, DC (co-author: S. Beecher)
powerpointProjected Yield Reductions of Dallas Water Utility Reservoirs from Climate Change - Zachary Stein, HDR, Austin, TX (co-authors: C. Braneon, C. Shockley, D. Qualls)
Water Resources Management Considering Climate Changes: Case Study of El Minia Governorate, Egypt - Hazem ElDeeb, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA (co-authors: M. El-Rawy, E. Habib)

Tuesday / June 16 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 11 and 12

Moderator - Joseph Berlin
AECOM, Metairie, LA

Quantifying Risks of and Adaptively Managing Military Assets in the Face of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on Naval Station Norfolk - Kelly A. Burks-Copes, U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS
Integrated Resources Management for Cost-Effective Planning and Adaptation - Viktoria Zoltay, Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA (co-authors: I. Morin, C. Godfrey, S. Danos)
Comparative Visualization of Heat Indices - Bryan Baker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Region Research and Engineering, Hanover, NH (co-authors: K. White, J. Arnold, A. Taylor, J. Gade)
Comparative Visualization of Standardized Precipitation Indices - Bryan Baker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Region Research and Engineering, Hanover, NH (co-authors: D. Friedman, K. White, J. Arnold, A. Taylor, J. Gade)

Moderator - Rachel Grandpre
USACE IWR, Alexandria, VA

powerpointThe Lifecycles of Drought: Science, Preparedness and Adaptation Across Timescales - Roger Pulwarty, NOAA, Boulder, CO (co-authors: V. Deheza, M. Hayes, M. Svoboda, C. Nierenberg, W. Higgins, R. Webb)
powerpointCalifornia Drought Activities and the Sierra Drought of 2011-2015- Kelly Redmond, WRCC / DRI, Reno, NV
powerpointThe Invitational Drought Tournament Recent Advances and Implications for Applications - Harvey Hill, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, VA (co-authors: R.Olsen, J. Smith, C. Hackett, Andrea, C. Greenley, G. Mendoza, H. Cardwell, Langsdale)
States, Communities and Drought Planning - Kelly Helm Smith, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Lincoln, NE (co-author: D. Bathke)

Wednesday / June 17 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 13, 14 and 15

Moderator - Bryan Baker

powerpointClimate Change Adaptation Planning at the USACE Albuquerque District: The New Normal - Ariane Pinson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Albuquerque District, Albuquerque, NM
powerpointClimate Change Management in Marine Ecosystems: Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia - Ken Schiff, So Cal Coastal Water Research, Costa Mesa, CA
powerpointPlanning for Uncertainty - Ron Harris, Newport News Waterworks, Newport News, VA
powerpointA New Climate Adjustment Tool: An update to EPA's Storm Water Management Model - Michael Tryby, US EPA Office of Research and Development, Cincinnati, OH

Moderator - Kelly Burks-Copes
USACE RDC, Vicksburg, MS

powerpointLake Auburn: The Effect of Climate Drivers on Lake Water Quality - Zachary Eichenwald, CDM Smith, Boston, MA (co-authors: M. J. Dillingham, K. Wagner , B. Kolb)

powerpointAdaptation Challenges in Complex River Basins: the Colorado and the Guadiana - Roger Pulwarty, NOAA, Boulder, CO (co-author: R. Maia)

Moderator - Joe Vietri
USACE North Atlantic Division, New York, NY

David Leach, USACE North Atlantic Division, New York, NY
Roselle Henn, USACE National Planning Ctr. for Coastal Storm Risk Management, Brooklyn, NY
Naomi Fraenkel, North Atlantic Division, New York, NY

The recently completed North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study can be utilized immediately by a diverse set of regional stakeholders, and will also be utilized in the General Re-evaluation Reports and Investigations being completed as part of the Corps Sandy Program. The Coastal Storm Risk Management Framework and associated technical products and tools are designed to help local communities better understand changing flood risks associated with climate change and the associated tools to help those communities better prepare for future flood risks. This panel will discuss these outcomes and also explore options for further application.

Wednesday / June 17 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 16 and 17

Moderator - Lyle Seethaler
Booz Allen Hamilton, Arlington, VA

Managing Stormwater Runoff from Urban Areas in Consideration of Predicted Climate Change Impacts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed - Michael Williams, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Solomons, MD
Comparative Visualization Future Flow Frequency and Duration Curves - Bryan Baker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Region Research and Engineerin, Hanover, NH (co-authors: J. Arnold, A.Taylor, J. Gade)
powerpointApproaching Resiliency with Experience from Users: A Look at the Water Resources Section of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit - Nancy Beller-Simms, NOAA Climate Program Office, Silver Spring, MD (co-author: D. Herring)

Moderator - Hannah Connors

powerpointWater Supply Resiliency: The Means to a Successful End - Michael McMahon, HDR Engineering Inc. , Denver, CO
powerpointForecasting the Future Structure Inventory in Storm Impacted Areas - Joseph Berlin, AECOM, Metairie, LA

Wednesday / June 17 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 18, 19 and 20

Moderator - Rachel Gregg
EcoAdapt, Seattle, WA

Comparison of 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Plans - Kathleen White, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources, Hanover, NH (co-authors: H. Conners, A. Taylor, J. Arnold)
powerpointEvaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: Washington, D.C. Case Study - Julie Blue, The Cadmus Group, Inc., Waltham, MA (co-authors: S. Julius, N. Hiremath)
powerpointClimate Impact Studies - Estimating Population Projection Using ICLUS to Reflect Selected Representative Concentration Pathways - Sivasankkar Selvanathan, Dewberry Consultants, Fairfax, VA (co-author: M. Sreetharan)
powerpointThe Central Utah Water Conservancy District's Water Supply Variability Model - What If Things Get Worse? - Steven Thurin, HDR, Salt Lake City, UT (co-authors: T. Shannon, C. Lambson)

Moderator - Nancy Beller-Simms
NOAH CPO, Silver Spring, MD

powerpointNorth Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study: Resilient Adaptation to Increasing Risk - Roselle Henn, USACE National Planning Center for Coastal Storm Risk Management, Brooklyn, NY (co-authors: J. R. Vietri, A. M. Guise, N. R. Fraenkel, )
powerpointA Review of Methods Used to Improve the Resilience of Communities in Low-Income Countries to Coastal Floods and Their Relevance to the USA - Darren Lumbroso, HR Wallingford, Wallingford, UK (co-authors: K. D. White, S. E. Durden, J. D. Simm, R. J. Nichols, N. R. Suckall)

Moderator - C. Mark Dunning
CDM Smith, Palmyra, VA

powerpointInteractions between Wetlands, Economies and Hurricanes in a Changing Climate: Toward Valuing Adaptation Strategies - Luke Boutwell, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (co-author: J. V. Westra)
powerpointClimate Vulnerability Assessment - Stamford Hurricane Barrier, Stamford, CT - Patrick O'Brien, Engineering Research and Development Center, Environmental Laboratory, Hanover, NH (co-authors: K.White, H. Moritz)
powerpointMulti-Stakeholder Approach to Natural and Nature-Based Features Metrics - Susan Meredith Taylor, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD (co-author: K. Burks-Copes)
powerpointA Resilient Living Shoreline and Green Infrastructure System for a Low-lying Coastal Community - Ed Morgereth, Biohabitats, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Wednesday / June 17 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 21, 22 and 23

Moderator - Viktoria Zoltay
Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA

powerpointAn Evaluation of in Season Water Stress Sensitivity Using a Multiplicative Evapotranspiration - Grain Yield Model for Zea mays L. Growing in Mead, Nebraska, USA - Jane Okalebo, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (co-authors: K. G. Hubbard, A. Kilic, R. Oglesby, M.Hayes.)
powerpointResilient Bioenergy Production System Through Integrated Landscape Design in Iowa River Watershed, IA - Mi-Ae Ha, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL (co-author: M. Wu)
powerpointInteractions of Vegetation and the Hydrologic Cycle - Static Parameterizations May be Misleading in a Changing Climate - Jonathan Quebbeman, Kleinschmidt, Fort Collins, CO (co-authors: )
powerpointTargeting and Measuring Water Quality Improvements from Conservation Practices under Uncertain Climate - Drew Kessler, Houston Engineering, Inc., Maple Grove, MN (co-authors: M. Deutschman, J. Lewis, J. Jazdzewski, T. Erickson)

Moderator - Gretchen Greene
ENVIRON International, Ridgefield, WA

powerpointThe Role of Climate and Water Resources Data for Adapting to Climatic Variations Within the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California - Drew Kessler, Houston Engineering, Inc., Maple Grove, MN (co-author: M. Deutschman)
powerpointClosing the Climate Knowledge Gap - Tony Tancini, Marstel-Day, Fredicks, VA (co-author: E. Rohr) Deutschman)
powerpointClimate Change in a Closed Basin: The Truckee River Basin Study - Jeffrey Payne, MWH Americas, Sacramento, CA (co-author: A. Nickel)

Moderator - Erica Rohr
Marstel-Day, Alexandria, VA

powerpointMapping Future Flood Hazards and Structure Vulnerability Across Lower New York State - Brian Batten, Dewberry, Fairfax, VA (co-author: J. Plummer)
powerpointClimate Change Adaptation Planning Strategies for Water Resource Infrastructure - Elizabeth Delaney, First Environment, Inc., Boonton, NJ
powerpointIdentifying Cisco Refuge Lakes in Minnesota to Develop a Landscape Approach for Climate Change Adaptation - Xing Fang, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (co-authors: P. C. Jacobson, H. G. Stefan, D. L. Pereira)
powerpointSusceptible Zone Identification on Water Resources in Asian Monsoon Region Due to Climate Change - Deg-Hyo Bae, Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea (co-authors: M.H. Lee, J. A. Awan)