On Tuesday the 24th of May Dutch Climate Alliance, Utrecht University and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences organise the webinar 'Battling unprecedented heat'. During this webinar we discuss the lessons learned from the 2021 extreme heatwave in Portland with two experts of this city. These lessons are more than interesting as the Netherlands and the rest of Northern Europe have  a similar climate. What can we learn from this unprecedented heat event in Portland? How and with whom can local heat plans and crisis management be developed, organised and improved? What are the conditions that made some people more vulnerable than others? And what does this mean for longer term urban climate adaptation? Many question to be answered, insights to be shared. Subscribe and join our webinar!

Why this webinar?

Portland’s climate is similar to Northern Europe. The city used to be well prepared for heatwaves. Then in June 2021 meteorologists expected a heat record of 42°. It turned out to become 46,5°. Cooling centres were opened and transportation to the cooling centres was arranged, thousands of volunteers helped to bring water to homeless people and elderly,  thousands of vulnerable people received phone calls, media outreach was massive. Still, after three extremely hot days in June 2021, more than sixty people were found dead in the city. Often elderly people, living by themselves. Watch the following short videos for an impression:

How must we (re)act on heat waves in the future?

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19:00
Opening and introduction by host Madeleen Helmer

Presentation by Jonna Papaefthimiou, Chief Resilience officer, City of Portland
Jonna will explain on how the city of Portland prepared itself for heatwaves in May 2021 and then had to respond to  the unexpected high temperatures in the last week of June. She will also show how the city coordinated the mobilisation of professional and voluntary organisations to support the most vulnerable people, what actions were taken and what lessons were already applied for the second (less severe) heatwave in August 2021. How they prepare for the upcoming summer.

Questions and reflections from co-referents:

  • Heleen Mees (Assistant Professor, Local Sustainability Governance, Utrecht University-Copernicus Institute of Sustainable  Development).
  • Jeroen Kluck (Professor Water in and around the City, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences).
  • Lisette Klok (Researcher Water In and Around the City, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences).

Presentation by Vivek Shandas, Professor Climate Adaptation, Portland State University
Vivek will look back on the urban adaptation programmes that existed for Portland before the heatwave of June 2021, on where did the heatwave hit hardest. He'll also share new insights brought by the experience of the heatwave and how the city Portland is adapting its adaptation programme. 

Questions and reflections from co-referents:

  • Heleen Mees (Assistant Professor, Local Sustainability Governance, Utrecht University-Copernicus Institute of Sustainable  Development).
  • Jeroen Kluck (Professor Water in and around the City, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences).
  • Lisette Klok (Professor Water in and around the City, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences).

Questions form the audience.

20.10 
Break and end of public part

20.20 
Further questions and discussion (please apply if you want to join)

Two break-out groups (max. 15 participants per group) for futher conversations.

  1. Disaster management during a heatwave crisis
    With  Jonna Papaefthimiou and Heleen Mees

    A heatwave affects everybody and many people are required to protect the most vulnerable. How can municipality mobilise local community  organisations and society as a whole to be more resilient and better prepared for extreme heatwaves?
  1. Under the canopy- Heat adaptation for habitat, housing and health
    With Vivek Shandas and Jeroen Kluck

    In The Netherlands we work with an integrated approach to reduce heatwave risks, addressing public and private space -habitat-, housing and health to reduce the risks. Portland too addresses heat risks in an integrated way. What can we learn from each other and can we prepare in the design for such extreme events?

20.50
Return to plenary with brief reflections form the break out groups.

21.00 
End of webinar.

The webinar will be recorded. For more information contact: madeleen.helmer@klimaatverbond.nl

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