Dave is a Climate Risk Engineer, with the Climate Risk, Resilience and Sustainability Team at Stantec. His technical experience is in applied climate science, hydrology, and natural hazards risk assessment. He has conducted a wide variety of physical climate risk assessments from regional to site scales across Canada for clients in government, energy, transportation and environmental services.
Climate change is having immediate and direct impacts to our communities, environment, and infrastructure. It is well understood that climate change impacts should be considered in design to increase resilience, but it is not always obvious where to prioritize our efforts. These efforts are further hampered by questions of which datasets to use and how to use them. Climate risk assessments provide screening-level analyses of relevant hazards and assets to identify where to focus resilience efforts. This talk will provide a concise overview of applied climate science, showing how results from climate model projections can be used in engineering applications. It will cover the basics on how climate models work, how to handle uncertainty, where to find data, and how to use that data in a risk assessment framework.