The very success of our species has led to a situation in which this planet's finite resources must be considered in all future planning. This conference is dedicated to the study and exposition of the status and prospects of engineering in support of a bright future for humanity in the midst of a rapidly changing and uncertain environment, both physical and sociological due to climate change.
Mona E. Brøther, Norwegian Ambassador
Professor Marius Paraschivoiu, CCTC2013 Chair
EIC president Jean Zu (in blue) and award recipients
CONFERENCE TOPIC CATEGORIES
The Mitigation track seeks papers on measures that will urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Measures can include developing less emission-intensive goods and services, boosting efficiency of power generation, transportation, water-use and industry and dwellings while rapidly accelerating the use of low-carbon fuels and technologies. Another way to mitigate the impacts of climate change is by enhancing “sinks” – both artificial and natural-- reservoirs that absorb CO2.
Prospective authors are invited to include in their proposals an estimate of the dollar cost to reduce a tonne of CO2e and the time scale over which the idea presented might be implemented. Authors are invited to examine, for example, the methodology of technology ranking worked out in a climate change transportation model used for the 2010 winter Olympics at www.ghgenius.ca
This topic covers projects, programs and recommendations for engineering design, planning, processes and tools which will increase and improve our capability to cope with Climate Change.
For the Third Climate Change Technology Conference papers are being sought from any discipline that can promote success working within the climate change scenario. Aspects of this track will include:
1) Innovation for sustainability and changing engineer designs, entailing, for example, higher costs for infrastructure
2) Guidance into curriculum decisions for schools, colleges and universities
3) Communication of information at all levels in the educational system, to the general public, policy makers, decision makers, fellow engineering practitioners, climate scientists and other professionals, governments and non-governmental organizations.
4) Establishment of collaborative and synergistic relationships between journalists and engineering and scientific climate change experts to optimize the use of the media (including the social media) and improve the climate change message so as to garner broad support for mitigation and adaptation initiatives.
- Hazard assessment and risk management in developing natural resources (water resources, mining, forestry)
- Impact of climate change on standards and design criteria for critical infrastructure projects;
- Climate change and design life for man-made structures
- Long term vulnerability of current infrastructure (dams, highways, flood protection structures, power grids, bridges, etc)
- Risk-based decision analysis and ALARP principles – how do they change (or do they)?
protection of health and safety of the public;
protection of the environment;
efficiencies of practices, reliability of equipment, materials and processes;
and adherence to acceptable engineering practices.
The effect of climatic change has the potential to require major changes in engineering practices and procedures and related codes and standards.
Abstracts are invited for paper presentations on the many subjects related to codes and standards.
In response to these new and evolving conditions, models are of increasing utility in the design of safe and reliable systems. Although physical models and prototypes continue to be indispensable in many areas of application, computational modeling and simulation are now essential tools in most design projects.
• How some technical solutions have not been successful and why
• Technical solutions might be applicable in one area depending upon local conditions and not another
• Technical solutions that require another complimentary technology
• Poor understanding of technology dooms some good solutions
• Poor understanding of total cost leads to waste
• There are no silver bullets
• Political ideas may not be sustainable.
- green energy systems
- green energy sources and energy carriers
- efficient energy conversion and management
- emission reduction, control and abatement
- environmental monitoring and cleaning up
The CCTC2013 “Lessons Learned From Operating Experience” track invites those with valuable lessons learned to share their experience and hard earned lessons with their peers in the science.
The world does not have the time and or resources to have each of us learn all the lessons first hand; we must learn from others.
Proposals and recommendations to increase and improve our capability to predict the location, timing and severity of such events, to provide advance warnings and to enhance our capability to respond to and cope with the disastrous consequences of such events will have real value to the communities at risk. This includes but is not limited to:
- Practices in providing advanced warning.
- Planning for handling disasters.
- Recent experience in handling disasters.
- Impact of the environment on existing infrastructure.