Risk in Geotechnical Practice: Are Design Professionals Liable for Failing to Anticipate the Effects of Climate Change?…

by Alan S. Bishop, P.E., senior counsel for Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco, CA., abishop@hansonbridgett.com.

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2020, Vol. 24, Issue 1, Pg. 36-40, 42

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Climate change is the result of rising greenhouse gasses from a century and a half of development and industrialization around the world. The inability of the global community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has worldwide consequences like sea level rise and extreme weather. Geotechnical engineers and others who design the built environment are on the front lines of protecting the public in a changing, and, too often, ill-defined world. These professionals determine the future resiliency of homes, levees, water supplies, transportation networks, and more.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Geohazards | Architect/Engineers | Climate change | Emissions | Industries | Thermal pollution | Sea level


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