ANS Savannah River Section


Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:00 pm

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Date/Time: Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00 PM Registration/Social Time (cash bar)
6:40 PM Buffet Dinner
7:15 PM Announcements
7:30 PM Presentation

​Location: Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry Street, Aiken SC 29801

Speaker: Dr David Werth, Principal Scientist, Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL)at the Savannah River Site (SRS)

Dr. Werth joined the Atmospheric Technologies Group (ATG) of the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) as a Senior Scientist in 2006. Previously, he had been studying the effects of tropical deforestation on the local and global climate using a global climate model, noting how a surface change in the tropics could affect locations throughout the world. In the time since his arrival, he has published a quality check of the Global Forecast System, a study of the nocturnal boundary layer and low level jet over Oklahoma, and a study of evolutionary programming methods to improve mesoscale models. He has also been involved in carbon monitoring at the Savannah River Site and the statistical downscaling of global climate model data as applied to maintain site operations. He has written code for a project to develop a software tool for homeowners to estimate the threat to their homes from wildfire, and become involved in the use of analog forecasting to predict available solar energy. Dr. Werth received a BS (Physics) from SUNY – Buffalo, a MS (Physics), and a Ph.D. (Atmospheric Sciences) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Presentation: “Evaluation and Mitigation of the Risk Due to Climate Change at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site”

SRNL is developing a site sustainability plan for the Department of Energy’s SRS in South Carolina in accordance with Executive Order 13693, which charges each DOE agency with “identifying and addressing projected impacts of climate change” and “calculating the potential cost and risk to mission associated with agency operations”. The plan will comprise i) projections of climate change, ii) surveys of site managers to estimate the effects of climate change on site operations, and iii) a determination of adaptive actions.

Climate change projections for SRS are obtained from multiple sources, including an online repository of downscaled global climate model (GCM) simulations of future climate and downscaled GCM simulations produced at SRNL. Taken together, we have projected data for temperature, precipitation, humidity, and wind – all variables with a strong influence on site operations. The projections were subjected to a statistical downscaling process, then ‘translated’ into numerical indices relevant to facility personnel at SRS, along with a vulnerability rating (based on conversations with site workers) to estimate the most endangered ‘assets’.

The results of our vulnerability assessment include the effects of climate change on the energy requirements for mission critical infrastructure, the health, safety and productivity of the outdoor workforce, the danger of fire in the SRS forest, and the levels of surface water impoundments. (The latter of which must be maintained to avoid the release of radioactive contaminants sequestered beneath them). Results of this study will aid in driving future management decisions and promoting sustainable practices at SRS.

​Cost: $28.00/person, $25/retiree or $20/student/educator which is payable at the registration table (cash, check, or credit card)

​Menu: Grilled chicken with sautéed onion and peppers with chutney bbq glaze ​. Includes dinner rolls and butter, mixed green salad with house made dressing, fresh seasonal vegetable, herbed orzo pasta with fresh spinach, dessert, iced tea and coffee. Cash bar available (your cost)

​Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, Nov 14th by 3:00 PM

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Cost: $28.00/person, $25/retiree or $20/student/educator

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Newberry Hall
117 Newberry Street
29801 Aiken, South Carolina
United States