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Webinar: Sandy and Science Lessons Learned.
Thursday, 05 October 2017, 2:00
Thursday October 5, 2017. 2:00PM. Webinar: Sandy and Science Lessons Learned. Kevin Werner, Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Sponsored by NOAA. More information here.
ABSTRACT: Following Hurricane Sandy's impact on the mid-Atlantic region, President Obama established the Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to ensure that the Federal Government continues to provide appropriate resources to support affected State, local, and tribal communities to improve the region's resilience, health, and prosperity by building for the future. Kevin was detailed from NOAA to the Task Force between January and June 2013 to both represent NOAA and to build a Science Coordination Group from the federal science agencies. As the Task Force and others began to take stock of the region's needs and develop plans to address them, many diverse approaches emerged from different areas of expertise including: infrastructure, management and construction, housing, public health, and others. Decision making in this environment was complex with many interests and variables to consider and balance. Although often relevant, science and technical expertise was rarely at the forefront of the Task Force. Kevin will describe his experience with the Sandy Task Force focusing on challenges and lessons learned from organizing federal scientific expertise to support the work of the Task Force.
In light of an active 2017 hurricane season with major impacts so far in Texas and Florida, Kevin will revisit the 2013 lessons learned and discuss comparisons and application to the 2017 hurricanes.