Hurricanes and Oil Will Mix: Managing Risk Now

This briefing will be held at two separate times and locations to accommodate House and Senate staff.

Wednesday, June 30

12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325

3:30 to 4:45 PM
Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 202

Seasonal forecasters predict that 2010 will produce between 14 and 23 named hurricanes -- the most active season since 2005, when Hurricane Katrina and 27 other named storms swept the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.  As economic challenges continue and oil spews from the damaged Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf, the growing impacts to the region's economic recovery and unique ecosystems are staggering.  What risks does an active hurricane season pose for other energy-related infrastructure, for inland areas as storm surges push oil beyond beaches and marshland, and for stakeholders dealing with flooding in coastal communities in the Gulf and along the East Coast?  Can recent advances in hurricane prediction help manage these risks? Might related climate change impacts exacerbate them in the future? What does an increasing scale of catastrophic loss associated with hurricane activity mean for critical services provided by the insurance sector? Please join our panelists as they address these questions and discuss research results, institutions, and processes in place to help manage potential catastrophic risk of this hurricane season. 


AGENDA
   
Opening remarks by Senator Mary Landrieu, Honorary Host (3:30pm briefing only)

Moderator:

  • Heidi Cullen
    CEO and Director of Communications, Climate Central


Panelists:

  • Greg Holland
    Director, NCAR Earth System Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Rick Luettich
    Professor & Director, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rowan Douglas
    CEO, Global Dynamics, Willis Re and Chairman, Willis Re Research Network

 

RSVP to Gloria Kelly at gloriak@ucar.edu or (303) 497-2102 by Monday, June 28

Sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Congressional Hazards Caucus Alliance, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and the Weather Coalition.

With appreciation to the House Committee on Science and Technology and the Senate Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.