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Modern, Data-driven Science for Sustainability and Resilience
Perspectives from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Robert Horton, P.E., V.P. of Environmental Affairs, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
Caleb Philips, Ph.D., National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Sherry Stout, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the premier US Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) international airport is the third busiest airport in the world by aircraft operations and the tenth busiest by passenger traffic. In this talk, Dr. Caleb Phillips (NREL), Robert Horton (DFW), and Sherry Stout (NREL) will discuss current and ongoing data-driven projects related to sustainability and resiliency for critical infrastructure, highlighting the importance of using coupled social and ecological systems (previously studied independently) to assess the operational resilience. The speakers will discuss specific points of impact at DFW airport, including explaining how Digital Twins help the airport expose and explain complex interactions and dynamics in the social-ecological domain. Furthermore, the stressors induced by externalities like extreme weather (e.g., Texas winter freeze) and new technologies (e.g., TNCs, AVs, eVTOL) can expose and compound the ecosystem vulnerabilities. These approaches have shown to allow a better understanding of risks, consequences, and opportunities at an ecosystem level and improved decision-making for operational and infrastructure planning under deep uncertainty, as we are learning through the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 5, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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