Seeing the Dangers Ahead, Part I - Beyond the IPCC: Understanding and Harnessing the Latest Climate Physical Risk Data and Tools

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  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022–Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • Online Event

The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter, Wood­well Cli­mate Research Cen­ter, and the Mass­a­chu­setts Office of the Attor­ney Gen­er­al host­ed a three-part vir­tu­al event series that pro­vid­ed essen­tial infor­ma­tion and tools to help reg­u­la­tors and advo­cates under­stand the lat­est avail­able pub­lic and pri­vate data about phys­i­cal, finan­cial, and tran­si­tion cli­mate risks, how reg­u­la­tors might address key data gaps, and how to har­ness cli­mate risk data for gov­ern­ment deci­sion-mak­ing. See Part II here, and Part III here. 

Experts explored the lat­est cli­mate phys­i­cal risk data and visu­al­iza­tion tools, and explained how a deep­er under­stand­ing of the data can bet­ter equip us to pre­pare for and mit­i­gate cli­mate risks.


Bethany Davis Noll

Bethany Davis Noll

Exec­u­tive Director

Bethany Davis Noll is an expert in admin­is­tra­tive and envi­ron­men­tal law and an expe­ri­enced lit­i­ga­tor. She is the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal impact Cen­ter. She is also an adjunct pro­fes­sor at NYU Law and co-chair of the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Com­mit­tee of the New York City Bar Association.

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Keynote Speak­er

Maura Healey

Mau­ra Healey

Mass­a­chu­setts Attor­ney General

Mau­ra Healey was sworn in as Attor­ney Gen­er­al on Jan­u­ary 21, 2015. In office, she orga­nized the Ener­gy and Envi­ron­ment Bureau to bring togeth­er ener­gy and envi­ron­men­tal exper­tise and to com­bat cli­mate change and pro­mote envi­ron­men­tal and ener­gy jus­tice. AG Healey grad­u­at­ed from Har­vard Col­lege and North­east­ern Uni­ver­si­ty School of Law. Before join­ing pub­lic ser­vice, AG Healey was a junior part­ner at Wilmer Hale. She also served as a Spe­cial Assis­tant Dis­trict Attor­ney in Mid­dle­sex Coun­ty and clerked for Judge David Maz­zone in the Unit­ed States Dis­trict Court in Massachusetts.

Pan­el Discussion

Matthew Eby

Matthew Eby

Founder & Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, First Street Foundation

Matthew Eby is the Founder and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of First Street Foun­da­tion, a research and tech­nol­o­gy non­prof­it work­ing to define America’s grow­ing flood risk. Matthew is rec­og­nized busi­ness leader with glob­al expe­ri­ence. Pre­vi­ous­ly, Matthew found­ed and served as CEO of Anthro, a dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing agency serv­ing social good and non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, worked as the Senior Vice Pres­i­dent of Con­sumer and Brand Mar­ket­ing for The Weath­er Com­pa­ny, and was the Direc­tor of Brand Mar­ket­ing for BlackBerry’s Europe Mid­dle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Matthew holds an MBA from McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty as well as an Hon­ors Bach­e­lor of Com­merce degree.

Juliette Finzi Hart

Juli­ette Finzi Hart

Pro­gram Man­ag­er, Inte­grat­ed Cli­mate Adap­ta­tion and Resilience Pro­gram, Cal­i­for­nia Office of Plan­ning and Research

Juli­ette Finzi Hart is the Inte­grat­ed Cli­mate Adap­ta­tion and Resilience Program’s Cli­mate Ser­vices Pro­gram Man­ag­er at the Cal­i­for­nia Governor’s Office. Pri­or to join­ing OPR (Office of Plan­ning and Research), Juli­ette was an Oceanog­ra­ph­er and Direc­tor of Out­reach at the USGS Pacif­ic Coastal and Marine Sci­ence Cen­ter. Ear­li­er in her career, Juli­ette was a Research Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the Marine Envi­ron­men­tal Biol­o­gy pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where she also served as the Marine and Cli­mate Sci­ence Spe­cial­ist at USC Sea Grant. Juli­ette has a Ph.D. in Ocean Sci­ences from USC and a BA from Colum­bia University.

Christopher R. Schwalm

Christo­pher R. Schwalm

Risk Pro­gram Direc­tor, Wood­well Cli­mate Research Center

Christo­pher R. Schwalm is an inter­na­tion­al­ly-rec­og­nized glob­al change ecol­o­gist and Earth sys­tem mod­el­er, and leads Wood­well Climate’s Risk Pro­gram. His research focus­es on cli­mate extremes, with empha­sis on drought impacts, as well as under­stand­ing how car­bon, water, and plant nutri­ents move through land ecosys­tems. Dr. Schwalm leads Wood­well Cli­mate Research Center’s work with Welling­ton Man­age­ment, con­nect­ing cli­mate risk to cap­i­tal mar­kets. He also directs our ini­tia­tive with McK­in­sey & Com­pa­ny. Dr. Schwalm holds a B.A. from Cleve­land State Uni­ver­si­ty, a Master’s from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mon­tana, and a Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Minnesota.

Dr. Mekala Krishnan

Dr. Mekala Krishnan

Part­ner, McK­in­sey Glob­al Institute

Dr. Mekala Krish­nan is a part­ner at the McK­in­sey Glob­al Insti­tute, McKinsey’s busi­ness and eco­nom­ics research arm. Her research focus­es on var­i­ous top­ics relat­ed to inclu­sive growth and eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment, includ­ing cli­mate risk, glob­al­iza­tion, pro­duc­tiv­i­ty growth in advanced economies, and women’s role in labor mar­kets. Mekala is a mem­ber of a task force at the Hutchins Cen­ter on Fis­cal and Mon­e­tary Pol­i­cy at Brook­ings focused on improv­ing pro­duc­tiv­i­ty mea­sure­ment. She also serves on an advi­so­ry board for the Sib­ley School of Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty and is a board mem­ber of the Glob­al Fund for Women. Mekala received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty in 2011. Pri­or to Cor­nell, she received a Bach­e­lor of Tech­nol­o­gy degree in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing in 2006 from the Indi­an Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy Delhi.


Eric Roston

Eric Ros­ton

Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Edi­tor, Bloomberg

Eric Ros­ton is Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Edi­tor at Bloomberg News. Pri­or to Bloomberg he was a senior ana­lyst for a White House inves­tiga­tive com­mis­sion, the Nation­al Com­mis­sion on the BP Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon Oil Spill and Off­shore Drilling. He also worked as a senior asso­ciate at Duke University’s Nicholas Insti­tute for Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­i­cy Solu­tions and at Resources for the Future, and has con­sult­ed with the Depart­ment of State as a cli­mate change expert.