April 18, 2018

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Paul Tschirky to Present on Coastal Resiliency at the ABA 47th Spring Conference

Paul Tschirky, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.CE, (Louisiana) will present "Coastal and Climate Change Risk" at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Law 47th Spring Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 19, 2018.

Paul is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Louisiana with more than 20 years of experience in coastal resiliency, restoration, and water management. He has provided planning, design, analysis, modeling, construction documents, and project management for a wide variety coastal and riverine projects for public and private sector clients. Paul's experience includes numerical and physical modeling of coastal and riverine processes as well as field data collection and laboratory investigations. For assessment and development of engineering solutions to hydraulic and hydrodynamic problems, he has applied analytical and statistical techniques, numerical models, and advanced field measurement methods. Paul's projects have ranged in size from small beach nourishments to state-wide coastal planning studies.

Geosyntec is an annual sponsor of the ABA SEER Spring Conference. Attendees to the Spring Conference from Geosyntec include Nandra Weeks (Florida), Jill Johnson (Florida), Paul Brookner (Minnesota), Jen Wilkie (Illinois), and Chris Herin (Florida).

Conference attendees will gain practical knowledge from the United States' leading practitioners, top government officials, in-house counsel, and academics on key topics including: an update on President Trump's first year, current Supreme Court jurisprudence, Superfund reform, environmental permitting, microgrids, interstate water disputes, citizen science, and tribal consultation. The conference is a forum for dialogue among environmental, energy and resources lawyers.

SEER's mission is to be the premier forum for lawyers working in areas related to the environment, natural resources, and energy. The Section is committed to providing members with opportunities to enhance professional skills, stay on top of developments and to participate in dialogue in these areas. It represents more than 10,000 members with a wide range of professional interests. The Section keeps its members abreast of development trends, current court decisions, legislative initiatives, and statutes concerning environmental, natural resources, and energy law.

The American Bar Association is one of the world's largest voluntary professional organizations, with over 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. It is committed to serving its members by improving the legal profession, eliminating bias, enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world.


In recent years, the changing risks associated with extreme weather events and rising sea levels along coastal environments have resulted in changes to planning and design thinking toward resiliency. Questions surrounding implications of climate change are surfacing. What is considered extreme? What is meant by resiliency? What are the implications to both private and public infrastructure and the duty to keep the public safe and protect investments? In the aftermath of recent head-line grabbing hurricanes, valuable lessons have been learned regarding coastal and climate change, and the impact resiliency planning can have on minimizing risks.

This presentation will discuss the technical challenges of resilient and adaptive design, as well as potential social, economic, and legal implications. As sea levels rise and the intensity and pattern of rainfall events change, there will be increasing risks to manage. For example, these risks will influence insurance rates and municipal bond ratings. Private and public entities may face legal burdens and liability if they chose to do nothing or too little to address the risks of climate change. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of potential risks inherent with coastal and climate change, as well as strategies to improve resiliency and adaptation.

More Information

Learn more about the conference: ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' 47th Spring Conference.
Learn more about the presentation: Coastal Resiliency (2MB PDF).
For consultation regarding coastal resiliency, contact Paul Tschirky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Learn more about Paul at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-tschirky-phd-p-eng-95383113b/
Learn more about Nandra at: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/nandra-weeks