October 2014

Climate Change and Water Management Seminar

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Climate Change and Water Management Seminar
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Slobodan P Simonovic – University of Western Ontario and Slobodan P Simonovic Consulting Ltd.
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $409.00 + GST = $429.45 until Sept 26, 2014

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Non-Member Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Student Member Price: $249.50 + GST = $261.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by September 26, 2014 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
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Climate Change and Water Management Seminar. The seminar will begin with an overview on climate change facts and focus on the important set of feedbacks that may help our understanding of the problem scale. In addition some practical issues related to climate change and its impact on water resources engineering practice will be addressed. The following presentations will focus on two examples of using a systems approach in addressing the practical issues related to climate change and its impact on water resources engineering practice.

The second presentation provides an example that deals with the question:" What are the impacts of climate change on water resources management on a local scale?" An original inverse approach is developed to assess these impacts. The approach is applied to the City of London, Ontario, Canada as a case study generating a set of risk maps for five climate scenarios, showing the overall flood risk to the municipality and its infrastructure.
The third presentation is aimed at answering the question: :" How to evaluate climate change adaptation measures in a large coastal city – Vancouver case study?”. An original resilience measure is developed to assess integrated impacts of climate change on coastal communities. The current version of the measure considers physical, economic, health, and social impacts. The detailed explanation of the measure and analytical procedure for its implementation will be provided. 
Seminar Outline
  • Overview on climate change.
  • Practical issues related to climate change impacts assessment and its impact on water resources on a local scale.
  • Use of quantitative resilience for the assessment of climate change adaptation option in a large coastal city - Vancouver case study.
Who should attend?
This seminar will be of value to all water resources management practitioners interested in climate change and its impacts on water resources management. Many aspects of the seminar will be of interest to consulting engineers, researchers and graduate students too. The second session of the seminar will be of value to many officials involved with climate change policy making at all government levels. The last session will be of high value to engineers and officials working with municipal governments.
Seminar material
Each participant will be provided with the following material: (i) seminar lectures; (b) selected literature on climate change; and (c) technical documentation on the ANEMI model and City of London risk to infrastructure assessment.

Slobodan P Simonovic – Slobodan P Simonovic Consulting Ltd.
Dr. Simonovic has over thirty years of research, teaching and consulting experience in water resources engineering. He is teaching courses in civil engineering and water resources systems.  He actively works for national and international professional organizations.  He has received a  number of awards for excellence in teaching, research and outreach.  Dr. Simonovic has been invited to present special courses for practicing water resources engineers in many countries.  He is assisting in the publication of water resources Journals, and participates actively in the organization of national and international meetings.  He has published over 350 professional publications and three major textbook.
Dr. Simonovic’s primary research interest focuses on the application of systems approach to,  and development of the decision support tools for, management of  complex water  and environmental systems.  Most of his work is related to the integration of risk, reliability, uncertainty, simulation and optimization in hydrology and water resources management.  He has undertaken applied research projects that integrate the mathematical modelling, data-base management, geographic information systems and intelligent interface development into decision support tools for water resources decision makers.  Most of his reseacrh is being conducted through the Facility for Intelligent Decision  Support (FIDS)  at the University of Western Ontario.
Subject Matter - Systems modeling; Risk and reliability; Water resources and environmental systems analysis; Computer-based decision support systems development; Water resources education and training.

Topical Area - Reservoirs; Flood control;  Hydropower energy; Operational hydrology; Climatic Change; Integrated water resources management.

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