2014 Research Conference - Luncheon Session : Extreme Weather—Trends, Projections, and Thoughts for Building Resilience


Over the last decade, a number of significant weather events have resulted in significant costs, many of which stemmed from disruption or damage to transportation networks. In some cases (although not necessarily all), trends in the frequency or intensity of these events can be linked to longer-term changes in the climate. In all cases, the events demonstrate the vulnerabilities that are associated with our transportation infrastructure and services.

Joe Casola, staff scientist and program director for science and impacts at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, will discuss strategies for building resilience and offer real-world examples from transportation managers and planners to illustrate some of the emerging best practices in resilience planning. Taking steps to manage vulnerabilities can be important opportunities to improve the condition of assets and services and to strengthen relationships with resource managers who also rely on the transportation network.  

About the Speaker

Joe CasolaJoe Casola Joe Casola is a staff scientist and program director for science and impacts at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He oversees C2ES’s efforts to assess and communicate the current state of knowledge regarding climate change and its associated impacts and to promote actions that strengthen climate resilience.

Casola has worked on issues related to climate science and policy for more than 12 years. Prior to joining C2ES, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Research Council, where he contributed to the completion of the America’s Climate Choices reports. Casola also spent several years with ICF International, assisting a range of local, federal, and international clients to assess and manage risks arising from climate variability and change. He has been a part of various science education, outreach, and training projects, including the Environmental Protection Agency's climate change website, professional development lectures for the American Bar Association, and training sessions for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Casola earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington, and holds a B.S. in chemistry from Duke University.