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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

 BECS Seminar
Communities in Harm's Way: Addressing Environmental Change and Extreme Weather Events
    
 March 1, 2018

The Board on Environmental Change and Society of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine In collaboration with Inter-Agency Forum on Climate Risks, Impacts & Adaptation hosted this seminar to explore policy and community response mechanisms to prepare for and address threats to the built environment and local communities as a result of environmental change and extreme weather events. Although rural Alaska communities and the threats from erosion, flooding and permafrost degradation were highlighted, this discussion served to explore a larger question. Are there ways the federal government could better incorporate the science around environmental change and extreme weather events in order to strengthen how communities prepare for, respond to and mitigate the likely damage to the built environment and consequent impact to the quality of life for those in harm’s way? In addition to Alaska, other regions may be included in the discussion, such as Puerto Rico and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and Houston and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.


Speakers included:

Joel Neimeyer, Federal Co-Chair, Denali Commission
Alfredo Gomez, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, GAO
F. Stuart Chapin, III, PhD, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Bilal M. Ayyub, PhD, PE, Dist.M.ASCE, University of Maryland, College Park
Richard Moss, BECS Chair
 

Workshop Resources


Seminar Agenda
 


 

Staff

Toby Warden, PhD
Board Director
mwarden@nas.edu
202-334-3453

    
 

Archived Webcast
      
 
Welcome by Chair of BECS:
Richard Moss, University of Maryland
      
 
Welcome by Board Director: Toby Warden
 
Introductions by BECS Chair Richard Moss
 
 
Framing of the Seminar by Higuchi, NASA
      
 
Framing of the seminar by BECS chair Richard Moss
 
Joel Neimeyer, Federal Co-Chair, Denali Commission
 
Alfredo Gomez, Natural Resources and Environment, GAO
      
 
Bilal Ayyub, University of Maryland, College Park
 
Richard Moss, Joint Global Change Program,
University of Maryland
 
F. Stuart Chapin,
Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
      
 
Seminar on Communities in Harm's Way:
Discussion Session
    




 


 



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