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1 Addressing Climate Change : How will we Adapt? Alan C. Clark Houston-Galveston Area Council | 2009

2 Dr. Philip Bedient Herman and George R. Brown Professor of Civil Engineering Rice University Dr. Peter Bishop Professor of Future Studies University of Houston Alan Clark Director, Transportation Planning Houston-Galveston Area Council Dr. Robert Harriss President and CEO Houston Advanced Research Center Dr. Neal Lane Malcolm Gillis University Professor & Professor of Physics Senior Fellow, Baker Institute Rice University Dr. Barry Lefer Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences University of Houston Dr. Eugene Leong Consultant Mike Talbott, P.E. Director, Harris County Flood Control District Harris County Public Infrastructure Department Dr. Arnold Vedlitz Professor, Bob Bullock Chair in Government and Public Policy Director of the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy Texas A&M University H-GAC Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects

3 Future Climate Scenario By Year 2100 Temperature rise of 2-7º F Sea level rise of 2-5 feet Longer dry periods but heavier rainfall events Increased frequency and intensity of hurricanes and tropical storms

4 Inundation from 5 Sea Level Rise

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6 Recommendations Management Growth Investment Recovery and Reconstruction Strengthen mutual aid agreements Building in resilience Consider longer term view of infrastructure needs New financing mechanisms

7 Management Use historical climate record and credible climate change projections in planning. Enhance coordination of evacuation plans and communication systems. Review and strengthen mutual aid agreements to improve intergovernmental coordination and cooperation. Develop heat wave management plans. Use alternative paving products. Implement stricter emission controls.

8 Growth Avoid construction in areas subject to sea level rise. Build compact communities Build livable centers Consider appropriateness of different modes of transportation.

9 Reinvestment Consider a longer term view of infrastructure needs than as planned today.

10 Recovery and Reconstruction H-GAC should assist local governments with climate change planning.

11 Plan and guide Phasing Strategies Time Strengthen and protect Relocate

12 Next Steps Regional Flood Management Council Guidebook, 2009 Resiliency Planning Workshop, April 2009 Texas A&M Bush School Capstone Project, 2009

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