Climate Interactive Co-Director and system dynamicist Beth Sawin (who is coping with life in newly flooded Vermont – she and family are okay BTW) posted, just minutes ago, a timely perspective on this week’s Irene disaster on Romm’s Climate Progress blog.
Check it out on Romm’s blog: http://bit.ly/nfcQRP
(scroll down a bit) or on ours: http://climateinteractive.wordpress.com/
Quote her, interview her, or just link/tweet the post, which focuses on implications from climate and energy modeling for the rebuilding that Vermont now must undertake.
IMHO, she’s got a unique voice and perspective. Why? She’s likely one of few people on Earth who:
1. Lives right there. She, her family and community is dealing directly with the impacts of the biggest climate/energy-related natural disaster to hit Vermont in decades (you may be seeing places like Woodstock, Killington, and Quechee showing up in your reporting: her home and farm in Hartland is right there!) Not quite “Reporting from the rooftop amidst helicopters-chopping-overhead post-Katrina” but she’s there.
2. Has ideas on adaptation. The post shares wisdom about responding effectively to our current climate instability, in Vermont and around the world.
3. Is a global expert on mitigation science. The post draws upon her extensive experience (you likely know her work with the C-ROADS simulation and the climatescoreboard.org and the UNEP “Emissions Gap Report”) on minimizing the potential for future Irenes.
Could you forward to anyone you think could use this information?
Contact Information for Dr. Elizabeth Sawin
+1-802-436-1129 (office) +1 -603-715-0116 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org www.climateinteractive.org
Dr. Elizabeth Sawin is Co-Director of Climate Interactive, a consortium that uses interactive computer simulations of climate and energy systems to help citizens and decision-makers address the challenge of climate change and the opportunities of a clean energy transition. The Climate Interactive team created the C-ROADS model, which was widely used during COP-15 in Copenhagen, and the Climate Scoreboard, which tracks countries' greenhouse gas emissions targets and calculates possible long-term implications of these targets.
Dr. Sawin holds a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has written and taught widely on the application of system analysis to the issue of sustainability.
In the post:
She says that the rebuilding ought to be carried out in the context of climate change "knowing that the same streams and rivers that caused such disruption a few days ago likely will not be as quiet for the next hundred years as they have been for the last hundred.”
And she points out that Vermont can rebuild in ways that facilitate the transition to clean energy: "If a section of power line needs to be rebuilt, prepare for the smart-grid that can transmit clean energy from wind and solar. If a bridge needs to be replaced, rebuild it with a bicycle lane."
Andrew (Drew) Jones