Event Name: Conducting Vulnerability Assessments to Guide Resiliency Planning: Best Practices and Examples
Event Location: Online / Webinar
Event Date/Time: August 12, 2020 at 12:00 til 13:00
For more details or to register, visit: https://www.same.org/Hampton-Roads/Events/Event-Registration
Event Presenter: Robert S. Young, PhD (Licensed Professional Geologist in NC, SC, FL)
Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
Professor, Coastal Geology
The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University has partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) to create a Coastal Hazards and Sea-Level Rise Asset Vulnerability Assessment Protocol. This protocol establishes a standard methodology and set of best practices for conducting vulnerability assessments in the built environment, including existing infrastructure. Standardizing the methodologies and data utilized in these assessments allows managers to compare the vulnerability and potential resiliency of coastal park assets across local, regional, and national levels. The assessments are currently focused on assets at risk to coastal hazards and sea-level rise within coastal parks. Coastal vulnerability was chosen as a starting point in the development of vulnerability assessments because of digital data availability and a good understanding of the trends in the major climate stressors (e.g., coastal flooding and sea level rise). The vulnerability assessment protocol is being piloted for inland parks, as the methods can be applied to additional natural hazards and climate stressors, as long as georeferenced hazard data exists or can be mapped. Studies have been performed and published for the Colonial National Historical Park and associated parks in the Jamestown-Yorktown area, and the Outer Banks parks including the Wright Bros. National Memorial and Cape Hatteras National Seashore, along with many other Coastal Parks administered by the Federal Government.