Improving resilience to climate change impacts requires us to assess risks and vulnerability to changing weather and climate conditions. Risk assessments can be undertaken to identify climate risks to transportation infrastructure and operations, and actions to reduce those risks.
This webinar will walk participants through a learning exercise to understand key climate change impacts for infrastructure projects or asset management planning. Participants will gain experience choosing climate indices that they can use to assess changing climate risk for a transportation asset of their choice and identifying potential adaptation measures that they can employ to reduce climate risks.
Originally presented May 17, 2022
Sophie Donoghue, Transport Canada
Sophie Donoghue is a Research/Analysis Officer on Transport Canada's Climate Change Adaptation Policy Team. Through their work, the Adaptation Policy Team advances knowledge and evidence-based policy through research, investments in northern transportation adaptation and climate risk assessment initiatives, and engagement with stakeholders, to enhance the resilience of the department and broader transportation system to the impacts of a changing climate.
Maginda Magendrathajan, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Maginda Magendrathajan is an analyst with the Canadian Centre for Climate Services. Her work aims to build capacity in climate data and information use through training and engagement. Prior to joining Environment and Climate Change Canada, she worked with the National Agroclimate Information Service to monitor extreme weather and climate impacts on Canadian agriculture. Maginda holds a Master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of Waterloo.
Ryan Smith, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Ryan Smith is a Policy Analyst with the Canadian Centre for Climate Services, a branch of Environment and Climate Change Canada. He obtained an MSc from the University of Manitoba in 2013, where he studied meteorology and climatology. He has taught courses in atmospheric sciences, human-environmental interactions, and climate change, and has spent much of the past decade developing software that translates global climate model output into maps of local climate change impacts.
Laura Zimmermann, Transport Canada
Laura Zimmermann is a Research/Analysis Officer on Transport Canada's Climate Change Adaptation Policy Team. Through their work, the Adaptation Policy Team advances knowledge and evidence-based policy through research, investments in northern transportation adaptation and climate risk assessment initiatives, and engagement with stakeholders, to enhance the resilience of the department and broader transportation system to the impacts of a changing climate.
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