Honolulu District hydraulic engineer named 2019 USACE Climate Champion Award winner
Jessica Podoski (second from left) and the American Samoa climate change working group pause for a photo with U.S. Congresswoman Aumua Amata (center) during the October 2019 workshop for the American Samoa Climate Related Vulnerability Assessment for Transportation Infrastructure Study. The study was conducted at the request of the American Samoa Department of Public Works with the intent to help the American Samoa Government identify what transportation assets are most vulnerable to climate changes, and to begin planning for adaptation of these assets by relocation, elevation or protection. Other Pacific Island countries could benefit from a similar assessment that would begin to identify their assets and site-specific vulnerabilities to climate change. Courtesy photo (taken during an engagement prior to enforcement of COVID-19 social distancing).