In-person event

Part II: Resilience of Navy Waterfront Facilities

Workshop Background

Coastal communities, including Navy installations and joint bases (e.g., Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, JBPHH) are increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather events due to climate change. These extreme events have caused tremendous loss of life, property damage, and decrease on mission readiness for military operations, as evidenced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and Hurricane Michael in 2018 (e.g., $4.7 billion loss on Tyndall Air Force Base). Thus, it is critical to integrate resilience planning and climate adaptation into installation master planning at the initial stage. In addition, installation resilience planning must consider local or regional effects of climate change that have not been addressed in detail by the current DoD resilience planning guidance and Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC).

To inform recommendations for a performance-based, climate-sensitive resilience planning guidance and UFCs, the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC), in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (ASCE COPRI) will conduct a two-day workshop Part II at ASCE Headquarters in Reston, VA on 23-24 April 2024. This is a follow-on workshop after successfully conducting the workshop, Part I: Extreme Wind Speeds, Sea Level Rise, and Flood Loading on Waterfront Facilities at the U.S. Naval Academy on 19-20 September 2023. The outcomes of this workshop (Parts I and II) will be incorporated into DoD resilience planning guidance, UFCs for design of waterfront facilities, and other national and international codes and standards.

Workshop Objectives

This workshop Part II will gather over one hundred leaders and professionals from government agencies, industry, and academia with expertise in coastal resilience planning, climate adaptation, design code development, as well as assessment and management of structures and infrastructure systems subjected to climate change and extreme weather events. The objectives of the workshop Part II are threefold: 1) review the findings from the workshop Part I in terms of extreme design loads for waterfront facilities (e.g., dry docks, piers and wharves) design and assessment; 2) collect available datasets and tools for resilience planning and climate adaptation; and 3) identify best practices through case studies.

Project Team

  • Ming Liu, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
    Principal Investigator
  • Omar Jaradat, Ph.D., P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE
    Co-Principal Investigator
  • Yue Li, Ph.D., M.ASCE
  • Bruce R. Ellingwood, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE
  • Dan M. Frangopol, Sc.D, P.E., F.EMI, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE
  • Mark G. Stewart, Ph.D., FTSE, FIEAust, FIAPS, FRSN
  • Nathan Lemme, P.E., M.ASCE
  • Jennifer Jacyna, M.ASCE