2019 Program Archive: Part II - Adaptation Findings from the National Climate Assessment and Local Experiences

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Part II - Adaptation Findings from the National Climate Assessment and Local Experiences

Susan Herrod Julius
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 5
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This is the second of a two-part Symposium on Adaptation in the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) and Local Experiences. This second part focuses on local case studies and interactive group discussions of risk management approaches, cross-sectoral coordination, and social equity to understand better how to put these three themes into practice. The NCA4 (Volume 1) reports that changes in average climate conditions and climate extremes are happening and are expected to continue. Adaptation is key to instilling resilience into our cities, rural areas, regions, and nation. Volume 2 identifies climate-related risks facing society, and examines the state of adaptation science and practice across the country. Cities, states, businesses, and other stakeholders are looking for proactive and innovative measures to comprehensively address risks from unprecedented climate conditions and rates of change. Part I provided an overview of the state of science and practice of adaptation from the NCA4, showcasing the three themes above. An interactive learning session followed, with participants viewing and discussing posters with NCA4 authors on report findings related to the three themes. Participants shared pressing problems and solutions related to the themes. In the second session, a panel of local practitioners will present case studies and discuss the practical aspects of how to address these themes in adaptation efforts. At the end of this 2-part symposium, all panelists will reconvene for a large group discussion to synthesize ideas and lessons learned, and hear more from audience experiences and how these themes can be put into practice.

Cross-Cutting Themes: 
Jesse Keenan, Harvard University
Case study: Developing Oahu's Resilience Strategy
Zena Grecni, East-West Center
Case study: risk management, cross-sectoral adaptation, and social equity in the City of Alameda, CA
Eliza Berry, ERG
Case study: Fostering Adaptation in the National Park Service
Gregor Schuurman, National Park Service
Case study: Environmental and social justice in frontline communities in the Pacific Northwest
Michael Chang, Makah Tribe