This event will be held remotely over Zoom.
Title: Climate Resilience for the 21st century – Smart Sea Level Sensors
Abstract: Climate change represents an acute threat to coastal communities that face a combination of extreme precipitation events, storm surge, and rising seas. The City of Savannah and adjoining areas in Chatham County, GA were hit by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017, with storm surges of 7+ feet registered at the county’s only tide gauge. As of January, 2020, the “Smart Sea Level Sensor Project” has installed more than 40 internet-enabled water level sensors across Chatham County, in close partnership with officials from the Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) and the City of Savannah, together with a diverse team of scientists and engineers from Georgia Tech. Partnerships with local community-based NGO’s and public schools allow for the co-development of community response plans, K-12 curriculum, and long-term strategies to promote resilience among Savannah’s underserved communities. Taken together, the framework enables the assessment of short- and long-term coastal flooding risk and vulnerability that are required to inform planning for flood mitigation strategies in Chatham County and other coastal communities across the southeastern US and beyond. Such multi-disciplinary, multi sector partnerships provide a template for successful climate adaptation strategies that are required to protect communities from the dangerous impacts of climate change.