IRIS’s interdisciplinary research relationships are thriving, thanks in part to a Presidential Seed Grant given to the Institute to help encourage partnerships across disciplines.
This past year, IRIS joined the Network for Engineering with Nature, alongside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in an initiative to advance the use of natural infrastructure around the world. The partnership includes experts ranging from engineers to ecologists to social scientists.
As Marshall Shepherd, a Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and IRIS affiliate, put it in the article, “The seed grant with colleagues like Brian Bledsoe has served as an accelerant for impactful collaborations and new research. It is already bearing fruit with the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems and our new collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers, N-EWN. One of the most ‘out of the box’ journal articles that I have ever written came from these efforts.”
We’re excited by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s announcement that natural infrastructure is recognized as a key solution for building resilience and raising the grade across all infrastructure sectors in the ASCE Report Card for America’s Infrastructure!
This historic addition will encourage planners and designers to consider natural infrastructure as an essential tool as they work to make their communities safer and more resilient. The ASCE Report Card also highlights natural infrastructure as an integral part of strengthening America’s stormwater infrastructure.
“The inclusion of natural infrastructure in the ASCE Report Card is a sign that it’s becoming recognized as a powerful tool for strengthening our overall infrastructure system and increasing the resilience of our country,” said Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS) Director, Dr. Brian Bledsoe.
Every four years, the ASCE releases a report card evaluating the state of infrastructure in the United States. The report card assesses its current and future condition, maintenance needs, safety, and contribution to community resilience, among other factors. It also provides recommendations for how states and cities can improve their grade in the future.
Natural infrastructure can work together with conventional infrastructure to protect people, their livelihoods and their communities from severe weather impacts and climate change.
On March 9th, Scott Pippin and Shana Jones will be presenting a new paper, Stabilizing the Edge: Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic Shorescapes Facing Sea-Level Rise, at Columbia Law School’s annual Climate Change Symposium.
An article also will appear in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law in the spring. In the article, the researchers analyze ocean-facing and estuarine protection laws in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states to identify how governance mechanisms could better integrate nature-based infrastructure such as living shorelines into coastal management practices and decision-making.
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