ACECH February GMM Guest Speaker

We are excited to announce our next General Membership Meeting guest speaker is Rachael Han from SSFM, International!

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Location: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) (5th Floor)

Presentation Title: 
A Study of Shoreline Regulations and Managed Retreat for Hawai’i: A Cost Analysis for Paumalu, O’ahu

To contribute to an understanding of sea level rise (SLR) response for Hawaiʻi, we review Hawaiʻi’s shoreline regulations and identify SLR adaptation options and mechanisms to implement managed retreat of coastal development in the context of residential areas adjacent to sandy beaches. Using a case study from the North Shore of Oʻahu, this report assesses the costs and tradeoffs of three types of retreat (all-at-once, threshold-based, and reactive) through the year 2100.

Rachael Han, EIT is currently a Civil Design Engineer at SSFM, International, where she has worked at since July 2023. Previously, Rachael was a Climate Impacts Research Specialist at the Institute of Sustainability and Resilience at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM), where she identified and detailed managed retreat and sea level rise adaptation options and costs in Hawai’i. Her interests include climate resilient infrastructure and community engagement, which Rachael studied during her MS in Civil Engineering (2022) as a research assistant at the Coastal Hydraulics Engineering Resilience Lab at UHM.