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FFC NAS Jan 31 2013 v3

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Transcript of FFC NAS Jan 31 2013 v3

How to and lessons learned
Sharing NASA’s Climate Risks Workshop Process
Underlying Principle:
Goal of NASA's process:
Center Sustainability Officer
volunteers its Center as host and lead
How does it start?
Senior leadership
System “Owners” – built, natural resource, and workforce / community
Plan / Process "Owners"
Workshop planning team
Science expertise
ID system assets and thresholds
Host pre-workshop planning visit from HQ team
Host 3-day workshop
Lead and "own"
Workshop preparation
Climate Resilient Centers
Lots of us are trying to figure out how to:
Get climate data
Characterize climate risks
Develop adaptation strategies
Integrate into current plans, processes, culture
Partner with others

Sam Higuchi is a senior engineer and program manager in NASA’s Office of Strategic Infrastructure in Washington, DC
Cynthia Rosenzweig is a senior research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

Image Credit: The Journal News
Connected with NASA Climate Scientists
Build capacity at NASA Centers to incorporate climate factors into planning and management
Share climate information and expertise
Identify and characterize risks and opportunities
Purpose of workshops = Build Capacity
Inter-Agency Forum on Climate Change Impacts & Adaptations
Work with System Owners
NASA’s Current Approach
Develop Climate Information Handout
ID Climate Risk
Learning from and with others
Connected with NASA Climate Scientists
....workshops are only a part of this journey

....It is a long-term, strategic effort.......
Climate Resilient Community
in a
leading to a
Climate Resilient Agency
Every Center is required to manage risk

What is the workshop concept?
Held over 3 days because:

get to know each other
reflection time
different 'ah ha' moments
We intersperse speakers and working sessions because:
get people engaged and sharing
encourage networking
We have climate expertise in the room important because:
they're people too!
This works for NASA because:
- decentralized
- smaller, than say, DoD
Responsibility lies with the local Center
get work done
active participation
can answer science questions
demystify the science
Develop local climate data
Understand assets
Characterize climate risks
during & after
Work with System Owners
System Owner..ship
Plan & Process Owner..ship
Most likely the ones who will execute strategies and incorporate climate risks into plan or process
Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
Telework Plan
Safety Plan
Systems ---- Assets
Internal Stakeholders
Mission Directorate
Fire & Emergency Mgt Staff
Natural Resources Mgt Staff
Environmental Mgt Staff
Planning Staff
Facilities Staff – Operations & Maintenance
Safety and Health Staff
Engineering & Facilities Mgt Staff
Utilities Staff
Information Technology
Human Resources Staff
Center services – cafeteria, clinic, child care, etc.
All either
systems and assets
Identifies action officer
NASA GISS scientists with local input
Pre-Workshop Site Visit
HQ planning team visit and....
meet with senior management, action officer, stakeholders
conduct briefings to discuss workshop process and results
meet with System Owners and review breakout session material
review logistics (e.g., venue, tour, etc.)
Emphasis: you know your plan, process or program best. Integration of "new" information is best owned by you.
External Stakeholders
Federal neighbors
Neighboring community / city planners
Energy and water providers
Emergency planning neighbors
Academia & industry
Workshop Underway
All are necessary for mission; many are necessary for all in the community
Rough Timeline
stakeholder ID
Briefing - Action officer, system owners
invites, security
climate info / handout dev.
agenda dev.
breakout session
maps / materials
ID speakers
Lessons Learned
Message to Leadership:
Workshop is PART of a process
Your commitment (and attendance) - essential
Please demand accountability from staff
This is a LEARNING process
Important to welcome external parties

For Workshop Organizers:
Local speakers with subject matter knowledge valuable
Need science expertise in the room
Expect desire to discuss a mix of variables (e.g., SLR + storm surge)
Be prepared to be flexible
Conduct hot wash for continuous improvement
Plan ahead - find venue first
Automated registration useful for security, badging
Coffee, snacks
Evaluating impacts on people, natural, and built systems at NASA sites
-------Interactive Workshops-------
Agency climate change adaptation policy
Climate Change Adaptation Plan
Inter-agency activities, etc.
NASA master planning policy
Site Visit
3 breakout sessions:
how could climate affect us?
what could we do about it?
how do we integrate into existing plans / processes?
Some questions to help frame your interactive workshop...
what is your long-term
Is there a
upon which your organization functions?
how does your organization
? break down stovepipes? institute change?
how does your organization achieve rich
(multiple stakeholders working together?)
would an inter-active workshop fit in to your
? is it scenario planning? gaming?
deep understanding of the data
NASA Earth Science / Office of Strategic Infrastructure
Teams at Stennis Space Center
EO 13514 plus NASA HQ policies....
Agency-wide: Staff - 50%; Const. assets - 65%; Land 82%
Center Focus
Broad Stakeholder Community
Built system upgrades 1st
Elevation surveys of critical buildings
Incorporate into long term facilities planning
Update Integrated Resource Management Plan to include
sustainable acoustic buffer zone objectives:
increase fire lanes
increase wild fire training
reduce fire hazards
establish fire & disease resistant species
Monitor forest health via aerial / satellite imagery
Reduce stressed timber stands through thinning
What are some results?
Rice University Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED)
detailed “what if” modeling of storm surge, flooding, and hurricane impacts in the Galveston Bay area
Armand Bayou Nature Center
bring NASA remote sensing expertise to field and laboratory exercises
Research / Network Collaborations
William Goran, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC-CERL
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