In collaboration with the Association of BC Forest Professionals and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC is organizing an event for engineers, foresters, and members of other professional associations. This seminar will build capacity among natural resource professionals to address climate change induced variations in precipitation patterns and resulting flood hydrology. Implications for terrain stability, engineering design, and maintenance will be explored to discuss strategies for improving the robustness of natural resource infrastructure in a changing climate.
Presenters include Lee Deslauriers (StoneCroft Project Engineering), Matthias Jakob (BGC Engineering), Paul H. Whitfield (University of Saskatchewan), and Francis Zwiers (Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium) during this day-long session which includes, presentations, examination of topic through examples, and group discussions. Practitioners can learn about the following by attending this event:
- Availability of climate change data and analysis tools from Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.
- Climate change implications for extreme climate events at local water sheds.
- Extreme event-related debris flows, landslides, and terrain stability implications.
- Changes to the traditional methods of calculating design flood hydrology.
- How design hydrology changes will impact the development of design criteria for forestry infrastructure.
- Current approaches to the designing natural resource infrastructure.
- And discuss practical low or no-regret type strategies for improving the resiliency of natural resource infrastructure.
Lee Deslauriers, P.Eng., RPF
StoneCroft Project Engineering
Lee Deslauriers, P.Eng., RPF is the Principal of StoneCroft Project Engineering in Campbell River, with over 20 years of experience in the resource industry with major forest licensees, BC Timber Sales and as a consultant. Lee specializes in resource industry bridges, stream crossing structures, roads, retaining walls and log transfer facilities, with extensive practical experience in the design, construction and maintenance of resource road infrastructure to be resilient to extreme storm events. Lee has a bachelor’s degree in Forest Operations and Forest Engineering from UBC, is the Chair of the Division of Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector (DEGIRS), and is a specialist Road and Bridge Auditor for the Forest Practices Board of BC.
Matthias Jakob, PhD, P.Geo.
Dr. Jakob has dedicated his career to bridging academia with industry. He is one of Canada’s leading experts in the hazard and risk assessment of landslides, especially debris floods and debris flows. He has completed such assessments in over 100 creeks mostly in Canada, but also in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Austria. Dr. Jakob has been involved in studying effects of climate change on the frequency and magnitude of landslides in southern BC, and has carried out a comprehensive study on long-term changes of rainfall intensity in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
Paul H. Whitfield, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan
Since retiring from Environment Canada in 2010, and continuing as an Emeritus Scientist with ECCC, Paul continues to be active in the hydrological and climatological science community as an Adjunct Professor of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University, as a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan, and a member of the Burns Bog Scientific Advisory Panel. Paul joined the Inland Waters Directorate of Environment Canada in 1975 and his core areas of scientific expertise are applications of statistics to the analysis of environmental data, transient events, the design and implementation of monitoring programs, quality assurance and quality control, hydrological processes, and the hydrology of cold regions. Most recently focused on climate change and changes in land use and the impacts on hydrology and climatology. Current research interests are “focused” on climatic controls flows in intermittent streams, the sensitivity of ecological processes to climate, particularly the impact of weather and climate on bog hydrology, uncertainty of measurements and model predictions, and the analysis of trends and changes in floods and flood processes.
Francis Zwiers, PhD
Director, President, and CEO, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) at the University of Victoria
Dr. Francis Zwiers is Director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) at the University of Victoria. His former roles include Chief of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis and Director of the Climate Research Division, both at Environment and Climate Change Canada. As a research scientist, his expertise is in the application of statistical methods to the analysis of observed and simulated climate variability and change. Dr. Zwiers is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Meteorological Society, a recipient of the Patterson Medal and President’s Prize, has served as an IPCC Coordinating Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report and as an elected member of the IPCC Bureau for the Fifth Assessment Report.