Applied Climate Science for Infrastructure Professionals

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An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Online Course

The Applied Science for Infrastructure Professionals online course will focus on building competency and skills to access climate data and climate services, and to apply climate information in the context of engineering, infrastructure and design to support climate change adaptation and resilience.

The Climate Risk Institute is excited to announce that our suite of courses that make up the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credential is moving to a new platform in collaboration with Royal Roads University. Our courses will now be hosted on the Moodle Platform where you will be able to find all course material and engage in discussions and knowledge sharing with other participants and instructors. The courses are a blend of synchronous sessions (where you will join live Zoom meetings once per week) and asynchronous content where instructors have recorded lecture content and readings that you can complete on your own schedule.

How to register:

You need to register for an account with Royal Roads University.

  1. If you have an account already, click HERE TO REGISTER (coming soon).
  2. If you do not yet have an account with Royal Roads, create an account:
  3. Login to your account and visit the page: coming soon
  4. Complete the registration and payment
  5. You will receive an email outlining how to access the course when it opens

Course Fee:

$795 plus applicable taxes

Fees cover online course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be provided access to course materials one week prior to the beginning of the Course. This training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration

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Course Description

This course will focus on building competency and skills to access climate data and climate services, and to apply climate information in the context of engineering, infrastructure and design to support climate change adaptation and resilience.  It will provide clear, concise and up-to-date information for engineers and other practitioners interested in enhancing the climate resilience of existing and new infrastructure systems. The course does not seek to train Climate Scientists, but rather, to raise awareness about climate change and illustrates practical considerations for integrating climate change into real-world projects. The course is intended to prepare practitioners to form collaborative interdisciplinary teams to analyze principal challenges and opportunities for climate change integration in the conventional project cycle.    

In this course, the fundamental principles that underpin climate change science will be reviewed, including the application of climate scenarios, and the role of global and regional climate models in predicting the behaviour of the climate system in response to different forcing scenarios. Participants will develop an understanding of how we can translate climate model outputs in support of multi-scale impacts assessment of various engineering systems including infrastructure systems. The course will discuss the challenges of applying climate data in design and provide strategies to overcome common barriers to the use of climate data in adaptation.  

By providing participants with insight into respective languages, approaches and needs, the course will help bring together the worlds of infrastructure design and climate science in support of climate resilience.   

The course is structured to encourage engagement and allow for course participants to directly apply course content to their professional experience. Each module will include an exercise and facilitated discussion where participants will learn from instructors and one another.

All IRP courses are of interest to engineers and other professionals who are involved in the planning, procurement, design, operation, maintenance, management and regulation of infrastructure and who need to consider the changing climate in carrying out these activities.  

Course Instructors

Dr. Elvis Asong, Principal Climate scientist, Climalogik Inc.

Dr. Asong has over 15 years of experience in providing targeted climate service analyses for critical planning efforts, such as for infrastructure design, energy, water management, oil and gas, forestry, and agricultural and recreational industry strategic planning. He is at his best setting the practical climate science vision and strategy while helping agencies ranging in scale from rural community organizations, engineering, and environmental firms, up to provincial and territorial governments to navigate climate impacts, vulnerability and risk assessment problems in practice through science-led integration. He is a strong proponent of structured climate risk assessments, and thoughtful application of technical climate data towards practical stakeholder needs. He is excellent at developing innovative methods and tools for integrating climate projections in adaptation planning through downscaling ensembles of climate projections, assessing their validity and representativeness and interpreting them to guide climate risk and vulnerability assessment projects.

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Katherine Pingree-Shippee, Climate Scientist, Stantec

As a climate scientist, Katherine conducts climate change assessments to inform communities and governments on potential risks and vulnerabilities in the built environment and the overall community. She also helps determine adaptation and mitigation strategies for the identified climate risks and vulnerabilities. 

Katherine’s work includes contributing to various climate risk and vulnerability assessments, including projects with government agencies, hydro clients, housing authorities, airports and communities. Katherine has also contributed to the First Nations Infrastructure Resilience Toolkit: a guidance tool to help First Nations communities identify and manage critical infrastructure at risk due to climate change. Additionally, Katherine contributed to the Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) Rainfall Intensity-Duration-Frequency Guide (CSA PLUS 4013:19) to include climate change considerations. 

Norman Shippee, Ph.D., Stantec 

Norman Shippee, Ph.D., is the Canadian Technical Lead for Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Senior Climate Scientist at Stantec Consulting, based in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a Climatologist with extensive research and climate risk assessment experience. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Victoria and was a postdoctoral research associate at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. Norm has over 10 years of experience in the climate and meteorology field, through teaching, research, climate analytics and projections, risk and resiliency assessments (using Engineers Canada’s PIEVC Protocol and other methodologies that conform to international ISO standards), adaptation planning, facilitating stakeholder engagement, and workshop delivery. Additional areas of expertise include radar and satellite meteorology, forecasting, climate modelling, and assessing the impacts of extreme weather through climate forensics. 

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