In this presentation, climate change science, observed climate changes, and predicted future climate changes with their associated impacts will be presented first. Next, climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation strategies will be described. Thereafter, resiliency and resilient engineering strategies to adapt to climate change impacts will be explained, while emphasizing that resilient options will be limited and challenging if climate change persists. In the long-run, engineered systems should be sustainable (to achieve both climate change mitigation and adaptation). Sustainability is a much broader holistic goal of addressing broader environmental impacts (including GHG emissions mitigation) along with economic and social impacts, during the project life cycle. Life-cycle triple bottom line quantitative framework and an example will be presented that may be useful for sustainable engineering design. Finally, challenges and opportunities for the resilient and sustainable engineering will be highlighted.
Dr. Krishna Reddy is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Director of Sustainable Engineering Research Laboratory, and also the Director of the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Reddy’s expertise is civil and environmental engineering, focusing on environmental site remediation, waste management & landfills, structural foundations, earth structures, and sustainable engineering. His research is funded by NSF, USEPA, state agencies and industry. He has published three books (including well-known Geoenvironmental Engineering textbook), 185 journal papers, and 162 full conference papers (with h-index of 42 and citations over 6100). Dr. Reddy has given over 150 invited presentations and short courses in the USA and 15 other countries. Dr. Reddy is an Editor or Editorial Board Member of over 10 different journals. He has been an active member of various professional societies, including ASCE and ISSMGE. Dr. Reddy has received several awards for excellence in research and teaching, including ASTM Hogentogler Award, University of Illinois Scholar Award, UIC Distinguished Researcher Award, and UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE), a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), and a Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering (DGE). He is also a registered Professional Civil Engineer (PE) and an EnvisionTM Sustainability Professional (ENV SP).
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