Built Environment – Resilient Water Features Webinar

January 24th, 2019


Climate change is expected to produce heavier rainfalls and more intense storms that can contaminate lakes and estuaries, while rising seas drive stronger currents that combine to erode shorelines. Resilient communities will need to be able to live with more water in motion. This session uses water resources planning and adaptation to better prepare for the next emergency, and to sustainably manage flooding and sea level rise. It covers a range of climate adaptation from coastal adaptation with living shorelines (Burdick), and municipal resiliency for inland flooding as it relates to green infrastructure (Roseen). Participants will leave this session with an appreciation of reorganizing and maintaining the landscape to mitigate projected impacts through enhanced knowledge of nature-based infrastructure, application of low-impact development, site design, and other smart growth practices to address climate effects.



Dr. Robert Roseen provides many years of experience in water resources investigations and most recently, led a project team in the development of an Integrated Plan for nutrient management for stormwater and wastewater. This plan has received provisional approval by EPA and would be one of the first in the nation. Rob is a recognized industry leader in green infrastructure and watershed management, and the recipient of 2010 and 2016 Environmental Merit Awards by the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 1. He consults nationally and locally on stormwater management and planning and directed the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center for 10 years. Rob has led numerous studies examining land use and climate change impacts upon municipal flooding and the role of green infrastructure as a municipal adaptation measure for damage and cost avoidance.  He has participated as the lead or project team member in many significant and award winning green infrastructure projects.

Dr. David Burdick’s research expertise is in ecology and management of coastal wetlands and design, implementation and assessment of habitat restoration. His research emphasis is in tidal wetlands and the invaluable roles they play in supporting marine ecosystems. Dr. Burdick studies these habitats and the plants that characterize them, and the direct and indirect impacts from a growing coastal population. He is interested in the functions of tidal habitats, how plants respond to stresses (flooding, salinity, pollution, disease, invasive species, and human alterations), and how plants interact with physical processes to maintain these habitats.

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