Climate Change and America's Infrastructure: Engineering, Social, and Policy Challenges

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the vulnerability of US infrastructure and communities to climate change is increasingly visible to policymakers, publics, engineers, and educators. We are convening national leaders in climate adaptation, city management, engineering systems, public engagement, and other key fields to work through the implications of climate change for US infrastructure. We invite you to join us.

This public event is the capstone workshop for the Climate Change, Engineered Systems, and Society project led by the NAE's Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society. The goal of the workshop is to generate awareness of the significance of the issue of climate change, engineered systems, and society.

In coming decades, climate change and society’s responses to it will require enormous transformation of the nation’s technological infrastructure. Current US education falls far short of preparing the country for this challenge. Technically, educational platforms must focus on the multiple, complex interactions between engineered systems and the Earth’s climate system. At the same time, transformation raises societal challenges, including trade-offs among benefits, costs, and risks, and opportunities for building public trust, confidence, and engagement. New education must integrate technical and normative learning, knowledge, and skills, in formal and informal educational venues.

The workshop will explore specific cases of engineered systems impacted by climate change, discuss public policy implications, consider educational interventions in post-secondary and informal settings, and examine societal and ethical considerations in preparing America's infrastructure for the impacts of climate change.

The workshop is intended for an audience that includes:

  • faculty and administrators from engineering schools and colleges
  • engineering societies
  • federal officials
  • state, city, and country infrastructure officials
  • science museum personnel and informal educators
  • STS and engineering ethics scholars
  • STEM educators

The agenda and more details on this event are at the ASU event page. To find out more about the Project, visit the Climate Change, Engineered Systems and Society Project page.

January 28, 2013 – January 30, 2013
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ