RegisterMonday Schedule

Tuesday Schedule

Meet the Speaker: 
Dr. Paul S. Chinowsky

Session: Addressing Climate Threats to Strategic Organization Assets



Dr. Paul S. Chinowsky, Director, Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Paul S. Chinowsky is Director of the Program in Environmental Design and a professor of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Paul is currently conducting research in the areas of infrastructure adaptation to climate change and strategic planning for organization impacts from climate change.  Paul developed one of the first models that addresses an engineering and economic perspective on infrastructure adaptation in direct response to climate change.  His analysis has provided infrastructure adaptation inputs for groups including the Environmental Protection Agency, the United Nations, and the World Bank. Paul has analyzed infrastructure in over 50 countries at scales ranging from individual projects to national studies.

Paul is actively collaborating with experts from economics, engineering, and climate in a global collaboration network. His climate adaptation work has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times, the BBC, ABC News, and Colorado Public Radio. He recently was a co-author on the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Paul recently co-founded Resilient Analytics, a collaboration that includes CU students, industry, and academic researchers to provide climate impact data on a global basis.

Paul received his Bachelor’s  and Master’s degrees in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1987 and 1988 respectively.  He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1991.



Addressing Climate Threats to Strategic Organization Assets

Dr. Paul S. Chinowsky, Director, Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder

Damages to US infrastructure could top $15 billion by 2050 according to studies conducted by the US EPA.  Infrastructure in the United States and globally is vulnerable to climate change impacts, due to transportation and water/wastewater infrastructure projects sited in high-risk locations, such as near stream beds subject to flash flooding, and coastal areas prone to experience high tides.  These risks will challenge organizations of all sizes, public and private, as issues including supply chains, distribution, worker productivity, and operation costs are impacted over the next decade. However, climate adaptation is often treated as a business function that either needs to be aggressively addressed or one that should be ignored as it is a concern that is outside planning windows. In this presentation, climate adaptation is presented as a strategic concern that requires a risk-based approach. The potential impacts of climate change can be identified through specific steps that can be taken now to identify vulnerabilities, prioritize critical infrastructure, and develop a strategic plan for successfully navigating projected changes and impacts to operations.

[Back to top]