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Densely populated and low-lying coastal areas along the US coast are exposed to rising sea levels, requiring governance and coastal managers to develop new strategies to address increasing risk of storm surge and nuisance flooding caused by backflow during intense precipitation.
With nearly 75% of the coastal states being ill-prepared according to recent research, the key to advance the challenges is in leveraging adaptation as a driver for economic improvement. Global best practices in coastal and urban water management show the socio-economic benefits of combining traditional engineering solutions with more natural green coastal strategies and community programming as part of regional resilience planning efforts.
The “Urban Coastal Resilience in New York City” presentation will highlight best practices in resilience planning and design from the New York metropolitan area affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The presentation explains how local vulnerabilities can be turned into regional opportunities, through collaborative approaches that aim to enhance the current state and use of the city’s waterfront, leveraging community and business potential, while safeguarding the cities critical infrastructure assets.
National Director for Flood Risk and Resilience – Arcadis
Mr. Westerhof is Arcadis’ Director for Flood Risk and Resiliency for North America. Edgar is a water consultant with 20 years of experience in urban water management. Edgar worked for 15 years on multi-disciplinary water projects in the Netherlands in both the public sector and private industry, prior to moving to the US.
Edgar was leading the Arcadis participation in the international HUD Rebuild by Design competition, including the winning BIG U plan for the protection of Lower Manhattan. He functions as the climate change adaptation specialist regarding coastal and urban water management strategies and has been a driving force in the development and expansion of Arcadis’ flood resilience practice. He was the Rockefeller Foundation 100RC participation lead for North America, leading high level case studies for urban and industrial centers.
Edgar has given master classes on climate adaptation at UPenn, Yale University, Harvard and Columbia and is the contributing author and technical editor of the books Blue Dunes and Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise (Island Press).
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