Science to Action: Increasing Safety through Science-Informed Infrastructure Decisions

Session ID#: 50948

Session Description:
Decisions that are made when designing and constructing infrastructure have long-term ramifications for community resilience. From buildings made to withstand high winds to culverts that can accommodate large storm surges, engineering design decisions that are informed by best-available scientific information can improve community safety. However, scientific understanding about hazard risk, building materials, and other design parameters may be difficult to synthesize and translate to engineering, policy, and other audiences. Therefore, stakeholders who are responsible for interpreting and making infrastructure investment decisions may be doing so with limited or outdated information. In this session, we are interested in convening a discussion between scientists and engineers to better understand the challenges and opportunities for integrating research advancements into resilient infrastructure design. Best practices can be learned by identifying examples where standards organizations, communities, and private and public sector entities have successfully translated scientific information to make effective infrastructure design decisions.
Primary Conveners:  Emily Sylak-Glassman, Science and Technology Policy Institute, Washington, DC, United States
Conveners:  Leslie Abrahams, Osaka, Japan and Christopher Clavin, Science & Technology Policy Institute, Washington, DC, United States
Primary Liaisons:  Emily Sylak-Glassman, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, Washington, DC, United States
Index Terms:

4313 Extreme events [NATURAL HAZARDS]
4332 Disaster resilience [NATURAL HAZARDS]
4343 Preparedness and planning [NATURAL HAZARDS]
6334 Regional planning [POLICY SCIENCES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Tadhg Dornan, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland; iCRAG (Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences), Dublin, Ireland
Stephen R Sobie and Trevor Quentin Murdock, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
Kelvin R Berryman1, Michele Daly2, Garry McDonald3, Nicola Smith3, Charlotte Brown4, Erica Seville4, Walter Rushbrook5, Fran Wilde6, Colin Crampton7, Emily Grace1, Melanie Muirson8 and Richard Mowll9, (1)GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, (2)GNS Science, Auckland, New Zealand, (3)Market Economics Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand, (4)Resilient Organisations, Christchurch, New Zealand, (5)KiwiRail, Wellington, New Zealand, (6)Independent Director, Wellington, New Zealand, (7)Wellington Water, Wellington, New Zealand, (8)Aurecon, Wellington, New Zealand, (9)Independent Project Manager, Wellington, New Zealand
Rebecca Katherine Miller1, Bruce Cain1, Christopher B Field2 and Katharine J Mach3, (1)Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, (2)Stanford University, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford, CA, United States, (3)Stanford University, Stanford Environment Assessment Facility, Stanford, CA, United States
Anne Marie K Stoner1, Jo Daniel2, Jennifer M Jacobs2, Katharine Hayhoe1 and Ian Scott-Fleming1, (1)Texas Tech University, Climate Science Center, Lubbock, TX, United States, (2)University of New Hampshire, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Durham, NH, United States
Ryan Colker, Washington, DC, United States

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