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Model Code of Practice: Principles of Climate Change Adaptation for Engineers

The WFEO Model Code of Practice on Principles of Climate Change Adaptation for Engineers was adopted at the December 2015 General Assembly.

The Model Code of Practice has been prepared as a complement to the WFEO Model Code of Ethics for Engineers and the Model Code of Practice for Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship.

The Model Code of Practice is provided as guidance to engineers to consider the implications of climate change in their professional practice and that they create a clear record of the outcomes of those considerations. It consists of nice principles that constitute the scope of professional practice for engineers to initiate climate change adaptation actions, particularly for civil infrastructure and buildings.

The principles are summarized into three categories:

  1. Professional Judgment
  2. Integrating Climate Information
  3. Practice Guidance

 

 

Climate Change Adaptation Workshops: A Planning Guide for Local Government Staff

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This guide walks any local government climate champion through the steps to plan a single half-day workshop that can jumpstart adaptation projects for an agency or program. The goal of the workshop is to help teams identify some feasible, near-term steps to prepare for a climate impact that directly affects local residents they work with. This approach can advance climate resiliency work with limited resources. The guide includes examples from Alameda County workshops on heat island and air quality, as well as sample presentations, agendas, and breakout group activities.

 

Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate

Along nearly 13,000 miles of coastline of the contiguous United States, hundreds of thousands of buildings lie in the path of rising seas: schools, hospitals, churches, factories, homes, and businesses. As sea levels rise, persistent high-tide flooding of homes, yards, roads, and business districts will begin to render properties effectively unlivable, and neighborhoods—even whole communities— nancially unattractive and potentially unviable.

Yet property values in most coastal real estate markets do not currently reflect this risk. And most homeowners, communities, and investors are not aware of the nancial losses they may soon face.

This analysis estimates the number of homes and commercial properties throughout the coastal United States that will be put at risk from chronic, disruptive flooding—defined as flooding that occurs 26 times per year or more (Dahl et al. 2017; Spanger-Siegfried et al. 2017)—in the coming decades.

 

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Tribal Resilience Program - Senior GIS Analyst

Policy Options for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure

A new federal infrastructure package presents a critical opportunity to strengthen America’s infrastructure against the growing risks posed by extreme weather and other impacts of climate change. Enhancing the climate resilience of the nation’s infrastructure can substantially reduce future losses, benefiting public health, safety, quality of life, and prosperity. This policy brief outlines the benefits of climate-resilient infrastructure and criteria that should inform infrastructure planning and investment to enhance climate resilience. It identifies the types of infrastructure projects that can promote resilience while simultaneously achieving other climate and energy goals and recommends changes to existing federal policies and programs to ensure ongoing improvement to the climate resilience of America’s infrastructure.

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Engineer III