Thursday, November 18, 2021

Jacob Odgaard

Jacob Odgaard

Professor Emeritus

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

4:00 pm
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Video of lecture

This talk is about: (1) efforts to engage students and faculty at a university in Chengdu in international activities like study-abroad programs, faculty exchanges, joint research and degree programs, and to create multidisciplinary linkages both on and off campus; and (2) research on green infrastructure (GI) technologies.

In China, research on GI technologies benefits from the government-sponsored Sponge City Initiative. Similar initiatives are ongoing in the U.S., where they are called Low-Impact-Developments (LID). In Europe, they are called Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and in Australia and New Zealand, Water-Sensitive Urban Designs (WSUD). Implementation is typically managed with sophisticated decision support systems (DSS).

Green infrastructure - UI Engineering Bldg

In the standard research approach, we use traditional (engineering) variables or metrics for water and air quality. At Chengdu, we include (architectural) metrics for aesthetics and heritage. The talk will include a discussion of the latest effort to develop a scenic beauty index (SBI). The talk will conclude by summarizing additional metrics that need to be included in our DSSs such as uncertainties and sensitivities to climate change.  Climate-change considerations are especially critical for management of China’s Belt-and-Road (‘Silk-Road’) infrastructure (high-speed train) projects.

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