Carbon Solutions New England

About the Project

 

About the Project

Coastal communities are confronting the effects of rapid development and associated land use change, while also dealing with the serious impacts of a changing climate.  Both factors influence the frequency and magnitude of flood events.  As such, local decision-makers and regional planners are seeking improved scientific information regarding flood risk in the context of climate change to use as a basis for guiding development and planning infrastructure investments.  In New Hampshire, as in other coastal states, this information is not readily available at local scales.  To address this gap, this project will develop and refine a methodology for assessing flood risk associated with land use and climate change scenarios, implement the methodology for the Lamprey River watershed of Great Bay, NH, and demonstrate the use of associated products to support land use decision-making in coastal communities. The core analyses and outputs for this project will include maps at the watershed and municipality scale of the 100-year flood risk boundaries and river discharge at specific locations under selected scenarios.  As a result, decision-makers and the public within the watershed will have access to new information regarding local flood risk, and they will be educated about how past and potential future land use patterns and climate change will influence the frequency and spatial extent of flooding. 

Throughout the project, a multi-faceted collaborative process will reinforce two-way interactions between the project scientists and the end-users to ensure that the information produced satisfies local decision-making needs.  Collaboration with end-users will shape the research approach and results interpretation as well as product development, dissemination, and training.  The technical and collaborative methodologies employed for this project will provide a model that can be adapted for use by other National Estuarine Research Reserve sites.  Formative evaluation of the scientific approach, the products, and our collaborative efforts via focus groups, an advisory board, and workshops, will inform mid-course corrections.  A summative evaluation with data gathered using an electronic survey form and telephone interviews will form the central assessment of the entire project.

 

Project Update:
We were also recently funded by the National Sea Grant Law Center to investigate questions of legal authority, measures, and consequences of the new 100 year floodplain maps we are developing.  More information can be found here.

 

Project Team

Advisory Board

Progress Reports

 

 

If you have specific questions and would like more information, please e-mail Dr. Cameron Wake at cameron.wake@unh.edu

Project Team

Former Project Team Member

Cameron P. Wake is a Research Associate Professor at the University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and Department of Earth Sciences. Cameron directs an active research program investigating regional climate and environmental change through the analysis of ice cores, and instrumental and phonological records. Currently he is leading research programs to assess the impact of climate change in New England and to reconstruct climate change from ice cores recovered from glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau and in the Arctic. He is also an author on over 60 papers published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, including authorship on a series of papers and reports detailing the impact of climate change in the Northeast US. Cameron also directs Carbon Solutions New England, a public-private partnership promoting collective action to achieve a clean, secure energy future while sustaining our unique cultural and natural resources. Cameron's full website can be accessed here

Lisa Townson joined UNH Cooperative Extension in December, 1998 and currently serves as the Assistant Director for Programs.  She provides state-wide organizational leadership for program development and evaluation for Extension staff in all program areas, provides oversight for the organization's program leaders and volunteer development and management specialist and is responsible for submitting annual reports and plans of work to our federal partners.   She is an active member and currently the chair of the Extension Education Evaluation Topical Interest Group for the American Evaluation Association. Her full profile can be found here

 

 

 

Robert Roseen has been the Director of the UNH Stormwater Center since 2004 and has been involved in the development of the Center since its beginning in 2002. He is a licensed professional engineer, a Diplomate from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, and Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Dr Roseen's area of expertise is broadly in water resources engineering, stormwater management, and Low Impact Development design, and porous pavements. Additional expertise in water resource engineering includes hydrology and hydraulics evaluations, stream restoration and enhancement alternatives, dam removal assessment, groundwater investigations, nutrient and TMDL studies, remote sensing, and GIS applications. Dr.Roseen has taught classes on Stormwater Management and Design, Fluids Mechanics, and Hydrologic Monitoring. Current activities include participation in the ASCE Task Committee onGuidelines for Certification of Manufactured Stormwater BMPs of the Urban Water ResourcesResearch Council (UWRRC), ASCE EWRI Permeable Pavement Technical Committee, and the Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Water Quality Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He is on the Board of Directors for the Low Impact Development Center. Dr. Roseen consults both in review and design of development projects, specializing in porous pavements and LID stormwater treatment systems, and water resources investigations. Rob's faculty webpage can be accessed here.

 

Colin Lawson is a watershed ecologist who works for Ground Swell Environmental and is also a graduate research assistant. Colin's research in watershed dynamics focuses on the connection between community development and ecological preservation. Colin strives to work with the business community to help make informed environmental decisions based on sound ecological concepts and current scientific research. He views this collaboration between business and science as a vital link for long term stability of the natural environment. Colin's present research projects examine the interface between natural and developed systems through analyzing increasing stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces and climate change, and how it might ultimately compromise community infrastructure, such as roads, culverts, and public facilities. Colin is also working with community advocates to create the Winnicut River Watershed Coalition whereby protecting the long term integrity of this rapidly developing watershed. Colin's primary role for the Lamprey study will be to assess current landcover attributes, associated with specific town zoning districts, to accurately determine CN values for modeling present and future stormwater runoff volumes. Colin has a M.S., Resource Management & Conservation, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

Fay Rubin serves as Director of the GRANIT System, the NH statewide geographic information system.    In that capacity, she oversees a variety of data development, system implementation, and application projects addressing planning and resource management issues at the state, regional and local levels.  Her primary responsibility is maintenance of the GRANIT GIS Clearinghouse, developing and serving data and analyses to the geospatial user community in the state and the region.  Other current projects include managing the FEMA Cooperating Technical Partnership (CTP) activities at UNH, co-managing flood map modernization activities for the state of New Hampshire, coordinating the acquisition of LiDAR data for the state of New Hampshire, and directing the New Hampshire Broadband Mapping Project.  In addition to project work, Fay sits on a number of geospatial committees in the state, including the NH GIS Advisory Committee, the NH Public Health Improvement Action Plan Committee, and the NH GIS Conservation Collaborative.  She also represents the NH GIS community on several regional/national committees, including serving as a board member for the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, NE Chapter, as a member of the NASA/NSGIC liaison committee, and as the NH affiliate to the Institute for Applied Geospatial Technologies.  Fay has a BA and MA in Economics from the University of New Hampshire.

Michael Simpson has been actively working and teaching in the watershed management and wetlands research fields for over twenty-five years. At Antioch New England University, he serves as the Chair of the Environmental Studies Dept. where he teaches graduate level courses in wetlands ecology, wetlands delineation & evaluation, watershed management and environmental site assessment. He is a certified wetlands scientist within the State of New Hampshire. He has conducted numerous delineations, wetland assessments, employing a variety of assessment approaches and data collection procedures, as well as designing wetlands for treatment of NPS run-off and wastewater. Currently, his primary research focuses upon impact to riparian corridors and estuaries, from changes in land-use combined with increases in storm intensity and frequency due to projected climate change. Related research focuses upon communication strategies to prepare communities for climate change.

 

Steve Miller is the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the GBNERR, where he provides science-based training and resources to municipal decision makers. Prior to this he was the Program Director at the Seacoast Science Center. He earned a Master of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry, and a Bachelor of Science from the Ohio State University. Before moving to NH, Steve had a career as the Scientific Diving Officer for the Smithsonian in Panama, USC in California, Shoals Marine Lab in Maine, and International Field Studies in the Bahamas. Steve is a Climate Project presenter having trained with Al Gore in 2007, a volunteer with the Advocates for the North Mill Pond, and the Chair of the Portsmouth Conservation Commission.

 

 

Ann Scholz is a graduate research assistant for the UNH Stormwater Center (UNHSC), a
licensed professional engineer, and certified professional in stormwater quality. She is taking
a break from employment in private consulting to pursue a Master's in Water Resources at the
University of New Hampshire. Ann's professional experience is in site design, infrastructure,
hydrology and hydraulics. This includes numerous floodplain and floodway hydrologic and
hydraulic analysis for encroachments, mitigation and bridge construction. Her site design
techniques and best management practices for stormwater treatment included some of the low-
impact design methods being tested at the UNHSC.

Julia Peterson As an outreach specialist with NH Sea Grant Extension, Julia brings science-based information to various audiences through various venues to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices for water resource protection. She has special interest in project design, development and evaluation and cross-disciplinary approaches. Julia has an MST in Environmental Communications and Biology Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School and a BA in Child Development from Connecticut College.

 

 

Former Project Team Member

Kathy Mills was the research coordinator for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. She managed the Reserve's water quality monitoring program in Great Bay, and several current research projects focus on investigating factors that affect populations of rainbow smelt and assessing how climate change may impact natural ecosystems and human communities in the Great Bay watershed. Kathy earned her B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy at Duke University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources at Cornell University.

 

 

 

Advisory Board Members

An advisory board of community leaders and decision makers in the areas of environment and planning provides feedback for the project team. The board is made up of the following members:

Cliff Sinnott Rockingham Planning Commission
Cynthia Copeland Strafford Regional Planning Commission
David Preece Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission
David Cedarholm Durham Public Works
Jennifer Perry Exeter Public Works
Diane Hardy Newmarket Town Planner
Carl Spang Lamprey River Watershed Association
Eric Williams New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services-Watersheds Division
Joanne Cassulo New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning
Mike Goetz Federal Emergency Management Agency
Ron Poltak New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Agency
Becky Weidman New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Agency
Sharon Meeker Lamprey River Advisory Committee
Keith Robinson United States Geological Survey