Climate Adaptation Tools Workshop

Climate Adaptation Tools Workshop

Passaic River Institute logoKingdom of the Netherlands logo

January 14, 2016
8:30 - 12:00pm

Greater resilience requires more interdisciplinary and sustained planning for communities at risk. Now, more than three years into the process of redevelopment following Superstorm Sandy, there is both a need to share some of the lessons learned from these events as well to keep learning from other places.

Climate change as a relatively young field has a growing number of tools, and the risks are steadily increasing for the growing populations who live in harm’s way.

To help highlight some of the tools available to aid in planning and design for climate change a workshop is organized at Montclair State. This event will include presentations by US and Dutch experts involved in planning, design and engineering.


8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Welcome
9:20 Workshop Overview
9:30 - 10:15 Plenary Presentation
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:45 Table Top Demonstrations
During the demonstrations each participant can cycle through their choice of up to three different table top demonstrations led by the presenter. The presenter can also flip back to their initial presentation in case participants have questions on the earlier content.
11:45 Closing Remarks and Thanks

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Qizhong (George) Guo Professor of civil and environmental engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers
His specialty and research areas are hydraulics and hydrology, urban stormwater and flood management, inland and coastal water environment restoration, and green and sustainable water infrastructure. Dr. Guo has directed over 30 research projects as the principal investigator. These include the post-Sandy flood mitigation strategy studies for the State of New Jersey (through New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) as well as the post-Sandy flood mitigation and saltmarsh restoration project for the U.S. Department of Interior (through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation). Dr. Guo has also actively served the profession. He has chaired the stormwater technology certification guidelines task committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers, served on a project steering committee for the Water Environment Research Foundation, and served as President of the Chinese American Water Resources Association. Dr. Guo received B.E. degree from Tianjin University (China) and both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Minnesota. He is a licensed civil engineer and a diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.
Michael P. Weinstein Visiting Scholar at the Rutgers University Institute for Marine and Coastal Studies (IMCS)
He is former President & CEO (Emeritus) of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium, Director, New Jersey Sea Grant College Program, and, also former Director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies (ISS) at Montclair State University. An internationally recognized educator in marine studies, Dr. Weinstein conducts extensive research in the areas of coastal ecology, sustainability science, fisheries science, wetland ecology, and restoration ecology, primarily in estuarine environments. The recipient of many awards, including Educator of the Year in 2008, he has served on numerous US National Research Council Committees, an International Working Group on Sustainability, an NCEAS Working Group, the US-Japan CEST Panel, SDWA Audit Panel, and the US-China Initiative in Sustainable Development. He was also a member of the National Working Group for preparing the Nationwide Strategy for Coastal Habitat Restoration. He has authored more than 250 journal articles, proceedings, books, chapters, monographs and abstracts. His most recent text Sustainability Science: The Emerging Paradigm and the Urban Environment has had international impact on the direction and focus of sustainability science.
Carter Craft Senior Economic Officer at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
Carter Craft is an urban planner with close to twenty years of experience specializing in waterfront and transportation issues in New York City. He has been involved in creating and growing more than a dozen water-related organizations and institutions in the New York area, including the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, the New York Harbor School, and the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse. Carter’s work helps people rethink and reestablish their relationship to the waterways through more active use of the water. These efforts include a number of innovative projects such as: the first oyster hatchery developed in NY Harbor in almost 100 years; the first green building on Governors Island; and the first “living bulkhead” design developed in NYC; Carter teaches the Waterfront and Wetlands Planning Mini-course at Pratt Institute. He is a graduate of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service (MUP, ’98) and UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A., Economics ’93). He is a USCG licensed Captain (100 ton), and currently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey where he serves as a Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Group for the $230M Rebuild By Design project.
Karel Heynert flood management specialist at Deltares USA (, a knowledge institute established in the Netherlands and with an office in Silver Spring, Maryland
Karel has an MSc degree in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Both as project leader and specialist he has participated in research and applied projects focusing on water resources, flood risk assessment and management, and the conceptual design of complex water management systems. In the Netherlands, he has been actively involved in the national “Room for the River program.” He has worked on numerous projects internationally including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Thailand, Indonesia and the Middle East. His work in the United States included the design and implementation of the Community Hydrologic Prediction System (CHPS) – the national river forecast system that is based on Delft FEWS ( - for the National Weather Service in the period 2006-09. More recently he has been involved in the USA in natural flood defense work with The Nature Conservancy, operational reservoir management for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the design and development of the “Living with the Bay” project in Rebuild By Design on Long Island, New York. In the period 2008-13, Karel Heynert has been leading the Deltares contribution to the 20 MUSD Netherlands’ Flood Control 2015 research programme on operational flood risk management (
Justine Shapiro-Kline Planner and Architectural Designer at WXY architecture + urban design in New York, New York
Justine is currently involved in a number of community design and resilience projects in New York City. Before joining WXY she has worked at Rogers Marvel Architects, NYC Department of City Planning, and the NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. One of WXY specialty areas is community based and community oriented design. Using a Dutch-designed software called "Next Generation Planner", WXY has organized workshops where participants can create 3D physical models that are mirrored in a data platform developed by Tygron S.A. By modifying variables such as land use, household income, density, and impervious ground coverage, participants can see immediate data outputs such as rates of return, impact on property taxes, eligibility for affordable housing grants, number of schoolchildren, percentage of educational costs covered by taxes, parking requirements, and traffic or stormwater runoff generated. This continuous feedback loop allows stakeholders to adjust their models and visions according to their values and preferences, understanding the broader effects each step of the way. Justine is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation where she earned her M. Arch degree ('14) and previously studied at Harvard where she earned her B.A. in History and Literature. ('08)