Proposed Abstract Title

Nowhere to hide, nowhere to run! Adapting to Rising Sea Levels and Keeping it Green

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Flood Management, Climate Adaptation and the Environment in the Salish Sea

Location

2016SSEC

Description

Adapting to Sea Level Rise for BC coastal communities is a growing concern as local communities react to the changes in the BC Government Flood Guidelines. Projections from the effects of sea level rise on flood construction levels in the future are starting to send shock waves through coastal community planners as they start to realize what the future risk will be. So how do we adapt to rising water levels and protect the environment? How do we protect properties and infrastructure? This presentation will provide examples of recent approaches to addressing sea level rise and its effects of on infrastructure in coastal areas, discuss interpretations of the guidelines and how they can be applied to the lower mainland then show examples of how the environment can be protected while providing increased flood protection. The use of bioengineering coupled with hard engineering to offset impacts will be discussed using examples generated over a series of projects around the Salish Sea.

Comments

The presentation will discuss coastal engineering aspects of the flood hazard guidelines then tackle the conundrum of maintaining green shores while protecting for future sea level rise.

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Nowhere to hide, nowhere to run! Adapting to Rising Sea Levels and Keeping it Green

2016SSEC

Adapting to Sea Level Rise for BC coastal communities is a growing concern as local communities react to the changes in the BC Government Flood Guidelines. Projections from the effects of sea level rise on flood construction levels in the future are starting to send shock waves through coastal community planners as they start to realize what the future risk will be. So how do we adapt to rising water levels and protect the environment? How do we protect properties and infrastructure? This presentation will provide examples of recent approaches to addressing sea level rise and its effects of on infrastructure in coastal areas, discuss interpretations of the guidelines and how they can be applied to the lower mainland then show examples of how the environment can be protected while providing increased flood protection. The use of bioengineering coupled with hard engineering to offset impacts will be discussed using examples generated over a series of projects around the Salish Sea.