Speaker: Peter M. Groffman, Ph.D., City University of New York, Advanced Science Research Center and Brooklyn College of Earth and Environmental Sciences
There is great current interest and creativity in the creation of green infrastructure to address a range of challenging and expensive environmental problems, from coastal resilience to control of combined sewer overflows. The appeal of green infrastructure is that it is often less expensive than traditional constructed “grey” infrastructure and it provides multiple benefits such as biodiversity, aesthetics, and carbon sequestration. However, while highly engineered grey infrastructure has detailed design specifications and reliability specifications, these are largely undeveloped for green infrastructure. In this talk, Dr. Groffman will review some of the potential applications of green infrastructure in modern environmental science and discuss how concerns about reliability need to be addressed to realize the potential of this new approach.
About the Speaker
Dr. Peter M. Groffman (he/him/his) is a professor at City University of New York, Advanced Science Research Center and Brooklyn College of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Cary Institute of Research Sciences.
His research focuses on climate effects on ecosystem biogeochemical processes related to carbon and nitrogen cycles. Groffman was a Convening Lead Author for the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment Chapter on Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, a lead author for the Second (Wetlands) and Third (North America) Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Program on Climate Change (IPCC), and is on the “Reuters Hot List” of the world’s top 1,000 climate scientists.