It’s been over a year since Hurricane Sandy, the second most expensive storm in American history, hit the East Coast in the fall of 2012. The passing of the year mark serves as a reminder of how vulnerable cities like New York and London are to climate change. And governments are not ignorant of the challenges ahead — a study of 30 cities in the U.K. by Newcastle University revealed that 90% of them have plans in place to better protect against extreme weather. But the differences in level of preparedness can be vast, and the real-world implementation of these plans frequently proves harder than initially thought.
About the Panel:
Thomas Colbert is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston. His research concerns the preparation and evaluation of architectural and planning responses to the threat of climate change and extreme weather events impacting the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. Prof. Colbert holds degrees from Princeton University and the University of Cambridge.
Natasa Manojlovic is a senior researcher at the Institute of River & Coastal Engineering (TUHH) and is a visiting researcher at the UNESCO-IHE in Delft, NL. Her research and teaching is focused on flood risk management (flood resilient technology, systems, tools and strategies as well as capacity building of stakeholders- phD research), environmental hydraulic engineering a with the scientific research directed to urban hydrology. Manojlovic is involved in several EU and national research projects including: the FP7 Projects PEARL, SMARTeST and CORFU, INTERREG Projects MARE, SAWA and CAMINO, the national project KLIMZUG-North. During her academic career, she was a scholarship holder of the SIEMENS foundation and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF-IPSWAT). She is an author of several publications published in proceedings of international conferences and books.
Jeff Johnson is the Chief Science Officer for Schneider Electric, where he focuses his time on medium and long range forecasts. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and became an American Meteorological Society Certified Consulting Meteorologist in 1993.