Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Moving Forward: Learning, Planning, Networking and Adapting to Climate Change in the Carolinas

During the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference last week, it was evident that climate change is already impacting the region. Approximately 200 scientists, academics, local government planners, state officials, business representatives, and non-profit organizations came together to discuss ways to make the region more resilient. The conference was organized by the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) with the goal of providing a platform to share experiences and knowledge of opportunities, tools, resources, local initiatives, and expertise.

The Carolinas are extremely vulnerable to rising seas, increased temperatures, and decreased water availability. The regional report, Climate of the Southeast United States: Variability, Change, Impacts, and Vulnerability – part of the just released Third National Climate Assessment, estimates that the region will see temperature increases, increasing sea levels between 1-4 feet by 2100, and declining regional water availability and quality, largely due to increasing population growth and land-use changes.

The conference highlighted local actions and solutions, moving away from political debates on the causes and/or existence of climate change. Examples on ways the region is starting to prepare for change and becoming more resilient include:
  • Incorporating sea level rise preparedness into comprehensive plans
  • Working with communities to help them assess and identify risk, hazards, and vulnerability to climate change
  • Integrating climate change into sustainability planning
  • Managing runoff with low impact development and stormwater controls
  • Merging public space with green infrastructure
  • Developing climate-resilient crops
  • Adapting to drought through water conservation technology
  • Promoting public participation in state fisheries management
  • Building resilient communities through public engagement

-- Alex Score 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Earth Day Lecture and Award Ceremony

EcoAdapt spent Earth Day with the Women’s Environmental Leadership Program (WE LEAD) at Unity College in Maine. Lara gave the Lapping Lecture, talked to their student Fish Bowl and received their Women’s Environmental Award. A great honor to spend Earth Day with the school. Extra bonus! Lara met the 48th President of the United States

Friday, March 21, 2014

EcoAdapt's Dr. Hansen on Montana Public Radio for a St. Patrick's Day interview!

Lara talked to Montana Public Radio for St. Patrick's Day about climate change and the need to starting doing things differently today to get better outcomes in the future. If you have ten minutes, give it a listen: http://mtpr.net/post/land- managers-gather-talk-about- adapting-climate-change.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada

EcoAdapt is pleased to announce the release of the reports from the Climate Adaptation Project for the Sierra Nevada. Final reports and products include A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada, which describes the vulnerability assessment methods used and summarizes the findings for twenty-three ecosystems and species of the region, and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada, which details adaptation strategies and actions for a smaller subset of focal resources. Two additional vulnerability assessment products, vulnerability briefings and vulnerability technical syntheses, have also been released. Vulnerability briefings highlight key vulnerabilities for a given resource while vulnerability syntheses provide a more comprehensive understanding of the process and findings.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Announcing the 2nd National Adaptation Forum!

Date: May 12-14, 2015
Location: St. Louis, MO
Brought to you by EcoAdapt, the National Adaptation Forum Steering Committee, and our generous sponsors, we announce the Second National Adaptation Forum. The Forum is a biennial gathering created by a group of professionals from the private and public sectors concerned about the need to respond to and prepare for the effects of climate change. The event represents a collective effort to enhance the resilience of the Nation's communities, resources, and economy in the face of a changing climate. 

The Inaugural National Adaptation Forum was beyond successful with more than 500 attendees, representing 44 states, all levels of government, non-government organizations, community groups, academia, and private industry. Participants experienced professional development, and information sharing through an innovative and comprehensive program featuring plenary sessions, symposia, working groups, training sessions, exhibit booths, poster session, and networking events. 

The next Forum will take place May 12-14, 2015, in St. Louis, MO, and is poised to be an even greater success, representing more aspects of the far-reaching adaptation community. While there, participants learn how to make their work climate informed, share what they have learned with others, and develop a stronger network of like-minded peers. This community is energizing and considers the National Adaptation Forum as the place to build momentum, while simultaneously keeping abreast of new science and engaging new stakeholders. Participants leave ready to take Action Today for a Better Tomorrow.

Learn more about what our participants thought about the Inaugural National Adaptation Forum in this compelling video!

Be a part of the solution and get in on the ground floor as a sponsor for the National Adaptation Forum in 2015. Learn more about the opportunities to participate in the Second National Adaptation Forum by reviewing the prospectus today. Stay tuned for more information as the Forum takes shape by visiting nationaladaptationforum.org