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Climate Change and Community Resilience in the Americas
ResilientAmerica Roundtable and U.S. Department of State
May 17, 2016
On May 17, 2016, the ResilientAmerica Roundtable partnered with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State to host the workshop, "Climate Change and Community Resilience in the Americas," which highlighted work done by Fulbright NEXUS scholars and Jefferson Science Fellows.
Roundtable member, Dr. Erin Walsh, from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), presented on the panel, "Toward a More Safe and Sustainable Future.” The panel was moderated by Roundtable staff, Dr. Danielle Nagele.
Dr. Christopher Castro, University of Arizona, presented on downscaling global climate models to create higher spatial and temporal resolution information. His team used a regional climate model approach in El Salvador to generate community-based regional climate model information.
Dr. Michael Hamburger, Indiana University, addressed the Americas’ exposure and vulnerability to large-scale natural disasters, discussed the role of urbanization and human activity in creating disasters and exacerbating their impacts, and explored approaches to effective mitigation.
Dr. Erin Walsh, DHS S&T, discussed the U.S. National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Research and Development Plan and DHS S&T's effort to develop decision support tools that build community resilience. Their work currently focuses on developing decision support tools that enable communities to make better informed decisions regarding resilience to all-hazards.
Dr. Katie Meehan, University of Oregon, spoke about ways that local experts, knowledge, and technology are scaled-up in environmental planning and transdisciplinary research initiatives.
Pictured (from left to right): Christopher Castro, Katie Meehan, Michael Hamburger, Erin Walsh, and Danielle Nagele