14:30 - InterFLOOD Session 1: Urban Resilience 

Date: Tuesday April 19th
14:30 - InterFLOOD Session 1: Urban Resilience 
Hover over image to zoom
or click to view full size

InterFLOOD Session 1
14:30 - 15:30
CHAIR: Charlie Stratford, Water Sector Engagement Manager, NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow (Natural Capital and Local Economies), UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Urban resilience, extreme weather & climate change. How the world's cities can be made more resilient in the face of the mounting hydrologically-based challenges of extreme weather & climate change.

  • Dr David Wilkes, Global Flood Resilience Leader, ARUP 

  • Daniel Martens, Climate Resilience Lead, APAC, RHDV

    Title: Climate change is transforming how people, communities and organisations co-exist.

    Abstract: This new world demands a comprehensive approach to managing risk. In this presentation we will share how we can help industries, critical infrastructure owners, and the financial sector to reduce the impact of extreme weather, natural disasters and climate change before events occur – in order to secure reliability and predictability of delivery and operations, ensure the efficient and uninterrupted operations of assets, potentially reduce the costs of insurance and loans, and enable informed investment decision making.

  • Yong Seek Ying, Asia Pacific Division Engineering Manager, and Dr Louis Gritzo, VP and Manager of Research, FM Global

    Flood: fate or fortune? You decide.

    Abstract: Flood, by far, is the world’s most frequent hazard. Due to a warming climate, insurers and policyholders alike are more prone to flood events and adverse consequences, further exacerbated by expanding development, lack of resilient building design and the siting of facilities and infrastructure in flood-prone locations.

    At this session, we’ll explore the variations of flood concerns globally, and how to use science-backed solutions that can help mitigate flood damage, as evidenced by case studies that demonstrated flood resilience. We’ll explore both passive and proactive flood-preventive measures, and discuss flood emergency response planning for businesses, municipality and residences.

    We’ll examine how flood protection solutions are tested and proven to perform effectively under actual conditions - thereby eliminating the worry that, despite an investment in preventive efforts, the loss will still occur. 

    Finally, we’ll discuss a proposed approach that considers aggravated flood risk. This includes assessing options for future climate resilience and providing accessible and affordable risk-transfer products.

  • James Miller, National Government Business Development Manager for Esri Asia Pacific

    Title: Building Resilience for the Next Crisis

    Abstract: Community Planners have the responsibility to prepare for and mitigate challenges from acute shocks to chronic stresses to the built environment. Incorporating resilience strategies into designs helps communities deal with events that require emergency management such as natural disasters. Since location is a factor in every aspect of resilience planning, GIS is a mission-critical system that is used to create and analyze designs, collaborate with stakeholders, and justify policies that create community resilience in both the short and long term.

Charlie Stratford

Charlie Stratford

Water Sector Engagement Manager, NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow (Natural Capital and Local Economies), UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Charlie Stratford leads water sector engagement for the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH), working at the interface of research, policy and application. He has worked at UKCEH for 20 years and early in his career the focus of his research was the hydrological processes that link wetland habitats to their surroundings. His research naturally evolved with an increasing focus on the benefits that wetland habitats provide to people, and understanding the underpinning characteristics of habitats from which these benefits are derived.

In 2016, Charlie was awarded a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship by the Natural Environment Research Council, to support regional-scale policy and decision makers in including natural capital and ecosystem services in their processes. During 2017 and 2018, Charlie managed CEH’s Water Evidence Review Consortium for Defra and with UKCEH colleagues has delivered evidence review training courses for a range of audiences. Charlie maintains close links to academia and is assistant editor of the journal Mires and Peat, represents UKCEH in the UK Water Partnership and the Floodplain Meadows Partnership, and sits on the UK WFD Wetland Technical Advisory Group.

Dr David Wilkes

Dr David Wilkes

Global Flood Resilience Leader, Director, Arup

David is Arup’s global flood resilience leader, working with the owners and operators of our infrastructure, water companies, the UK Environment Agency, governments and city leaders all over the world to prevent, alleviate and mitigate flooding.

Before joining Arup he worked for the Environment Agency, and one of his roles was managing the Thames Barrier and Flood Risks in London from all sources from 1994 to 2000.

He is currently Project Director for the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme and Director for several Humber tidal projects. He was Director for the guide to PPS25 and Director for the Cabinet Office sponsored report on flood resistance and resilience of critical infrastructure. He was President of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management from 2011 to 2012. 

Daniel Martens

Daniel Martens

Climate Resilience Lead, APAC, Royal HaskoningDHV

Daniel is Climate Resilience Lead for RHDHV’s Resilience Suite in Asia-Pacific, a suite of software solutions aimed to help business owners map their current and future risks to a variety of climate-related hazards, and develop mitigation strategies to safeguard both their businesses and the communities they serve.

A coastal engineer by background, he has been involved in numerous projects assessing the impact of climate hazards such as typhoons and earthquakes on infrastructure and coastal communities, the latest of which regards the impact of climate change and particularly sea level rise on Singapore.

Dr Louis Gritzo

Dr Louis Gritzo

VP and Manager of Research, FM Global

Dr Louis Gritzo is vice president and manager of research with FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. He oversees FM Global’s division of scientists who have expertise in fire, explosions, natural hazards (windstorms, floods and earthquakes), equipment, risk and reliability and cyber hazards. The mission of his organization is to understand property hazards and identify scientifically proven solutions to prevent property and business interruption loss. Gritzo also oversees activities at FM Global’s US$250 million, 1,600-acre Research Campus in West Glocester, Rhode Island, USA, the world’s largest center for property loss prevention research, and scientific laboratories in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA.

Prior to joining FM Global in 2006, Gritzo was manager of fire science and technology at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and was a member of its Advanced Concepts Group think tank.

He has served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Research Interchange (formerly the Industrial Research Institute), chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Heat Transfer Division Executive Committee, and on the Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model, the ABET Industrial Advisory Committee, the Research Advisory Committee for the National Fire Protection Association, and on advisory committees for several universities. In 2015, he was an invited panelist in two sessions at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Management in Sendai, Japan. He is also a contributing author to Forbes.com

Gritzo has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with a minor in applied mathematics, from Texas Tech University, USA.

James Miller

James Miller

National Government Business Development Manager for Esri Asia Pacific

James Miller serves as National Government Business Development Manager for Esri Asia Pacific based out of Singapore. He works with clients, business partners and distributors to introduce and implement the ArcGIS System. James has more than 18-years of experience helping national governments use geographic information system (GIS) technology to integrate diverse data types to derive understanding, operationalize solutions, communicate insights, and engage stakeholders and the public. 

Today James plays an important role helping public safety organizations in APAC use GIS to incorporate location intelligence into decision-making, providing powerful insights on critical issues a country faces, and supporting science- and analysis-based policy making. His particular passion is providing executive leadership with the vision needed to successfully implement a Location Analysis strategy by sharing his extensive experience in strategic envisioning across organizations. 

View Contributor Profiles