Learn more – Resilient Cities
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University today released its final report on making cities more resilient as part of a United Nations program that focuses on reducing loss from disasters.
As part of the United Nations’ International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the “Making Cities Resilient” campaign, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency planned and financed an international exchange of knowledge for five practitioners from Gothenburg and five Swedish researchers as well as five practitioners from the City of New Orleans and five researchers from Louisiana State University.
Following a February 2015 meeting in Sweden and a May 2015 meeting in New Orleans, SDMI has compiled a report supporting the UN’s 10 essentials for resilient cities and published comprehensive information about the trip, including presentations, photos and biographies of participating researchers. To view the report and learn more about the project, visit SDMI’s project website, designed by Baton Rouge-based Covalent Logic and located online at http://www.sdmi-resilient-cities.com.
Brant Mitchell, SDMI’s Director of Research and Operations, said, “The New Orleans-Gothenburg City-to-City exchange proved to be a tremendously valuable experience for all parties involved. The City of Gothenburg has some of the most advanced city planning that I have had an opportunity to observe. As a coastal port city, they are very concerned about the predicted rate of sea level rise and are incorporating planning measures now to ensure their city is prepared. To help prepare for the anticipated impacts they have develop advanced models and also utilize advanced visualizing techniques to communicate anticipated changes to the public. Spending a week in Gothenburg was very helpful in seeing how the communicate risk and I hope to include some of their techniques on research SDMI is currently conducting to benefit the Port of New Orleans and coastal cities along the Gulf of Mexico.”
The researchers said that spending time with the Swedish officials in the field helped them see how a city with a progressive approach to mitigation and resiliency approaches the same problems that affect communities along the Gulf Coast.… Read the rest