Climate and COVID: The Combined Impacts of Multiple Stressors
Advancing Urban Heat Resilience
This session will explore the current state and innovations in planning, design, and governance for urban heat, including a survey of U.S. planners and review of municipal plans. Attendees will gain insight into challenges and opportunities in research and practice to advance urban heat resilience.
Ladd Keith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Planning and Sustainable Built Environments, University of Arizona
Sara Meerow, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University
Session Organized by Ladd Keith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Planning and Sustainable Built Environments, University of Arizona
V. Kelly Turner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
Session Moderated by Hunter Jones, Master of Env. Management, Climate and Health Project Manager, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Building a Call to Action for Science and Solutions in New Virtual Communities
Students play a valuable role in assisting informal education efforts involving technology, such as compiling podcast listening lists and questions for virtual discussions. The continued teaching of environmental topics left community members online wanting to be involved in environmental advocacy.
Dallas Barber, Former NCSE Student Podcaster/Undergraduate Research Ambassador, Pennsylvania State University
Karen Theveny, Assistant Teaching Professor of Communications, Pennsylvania State University
Laura Guertin, Professor of Earth Science, Pennsylvania State University
Business Disruption, COVID-19, and Climate: Impacts of Disasters on Resilience
This session highlights research across NIST and NOAA’s RISA programs exploring the complexity of climate resilience for small and medium enterprises in the COVID-19 context. We will discuss the importance of longitudinal research that takes into account regional and social differences and the challenges of research in shifting conditions.
Tamara Wall, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute
Michelle Meyer, Ph.D., Director of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A & M
Claudia Nierenberg, Division Chief, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Eleanor Davis, Doctoral Candidate, University of South Carolina
Jennifer Helgeson, Ph.D., Economist, National Institute of Standard and Technology
Kristin Vandermolen, Ph.D, Assistant Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
Session Moderated and Organized by Ariela Zycherman, Ph.D., Social Scientist/ Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
COVID, Climate, and the Politics of Gender (I)
At the state level in the U.S., populations who elect female governors are also more likely to understand or respect scientific results, and thus respond behaviorally with precautions to avoid COVID-19.
Kailee Atkinson, Student, Lehigh University
Dork Sahagian, Ph.D., Professor of Earth & Environmental Science, Lehigh University
COVID-19 in Indian Country: Challenges and Innovations
This session will illustrate the concurrent impacts of COVID-19 and climate change on Native and Indigenous communities and highlight resilience resulting from weaving native wisdom and western science to produce a shared understanding of the integral relationships of humans, climate and nature.
James Rattling Leaf, Ph.D., Climate Partnership Coordinator, Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
Vicki Hebb, Extension Agent, Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Kyle Bocinsky, Ph.D., Director, Research Institute, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Session Moderated and Organized by Maureen McCarthy, Ph.D., Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
FlashTalkPlus: Planning for Evacuation & Sheltering During Compound Hurricane Pandemic Threat
Fears related to COVID exposure drive sheltering and evacuation behaviors. Planners need to effectuate evacuation and sheltering of medically fragile and vulnerable populations, but also balance this with risk from exposure due to increased social interaction during sheltering and evacuation.
Jim Redick, Ph.D., Senior Emergency Manager, City of Norfolk
Wie Yusuf, Ph.D., Professor, Old Dominion University
Session organized by Joshua Behr, Ph.D., Research Professor, Old Dominion University
Joshua Behr, Ph.D., Research Professor, Old Dominion University
Session moderated by Rafael Diaz, Ph.D., Research Professor, Old Dominion University
FlashTalkPlus: The Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Social-Ecological systems
This session will examine the impact of coronavirus on people’s dependence on and interactions with the environment and the prospect of human-environment interactions in a post-COVID world.
Rebecca Miller, Ph.D. Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University
Caroline Ferguson, Ph.D. Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University
Session organized by Rebecca Miller, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University
Josheena Naggea, Ph.D. Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University
Ranjitha Shivaram, Ph.D. Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: Importance of Building Program Externalization
Buildings are increasingly designed as sealed boxes, requiring more conditioning. This creates spaces where people are disconnected from others, and live within boxes both physically and socially. How can externalization reimagine the architectural boundary to be more connective and dynamic
Christina Brown, EcoDistrict AP, Master of Science in Sustainable Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Has Transportation Behavior Changed After COVID-19? Is This a Permanent Change?
This exploratory research is relevant: it will determine if our personal transportation behavior after COVID-19 affected carbon emissions. We will better understand which of these changes of behavior will remain after the COVID-19 crisis is over. Learn more-
Paula Gallegos, Student, Dallas College- Cedar Valley Campus
Susan Dallas, Student, Dallas College- Cedar Valley Campus
Thea Loza, Student, Dallas College- Cedar Valley Campus
Tiffany Vuong, Student, Dallas College- Cedar Valley Campus
Donna Duong, Student, Dallas College- Cedar Valley Campus
Heat Vulnerability and Resilience Among Mobile Home Owners
Mobile home residents are 8 times more likely to die from heat-related illness. We uncover stark inequalities in adaptive capacity under housing insecurity and extreme heat in Arizona, to highlight risks facing 20 million Americans living in manufactured housing in an era of rising temperatures.
Patricia Solis, Ph.D., Executive Director, Knowledge Exchange for Resilience; Associate Research Professor, Arizona State University
Elisha Charley, Ph.D. Graduate Student, Arizona State University
Lora Phillips, Ph.D., PostDoctoral Research Scholar, Arizona State University
Katsiaryna Varfalameyeva, M.A., Geospatial Analyst, Arizona State University
Improving Resiliency to Extreme Weather Events in EJ Communities
The resiliency of Environmental Justice (EJ) communities to extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and floods, could be improved with some land use changes in these neighborhoods. EJ areas are extremely vulnerable to storms because they have such limited green space.
Garth Connor, M.S. in Environmental Science, Environmental Scientist/Multi-media Inspector, EPA - Phila Region 3
Pedestriant Thermal Comfort Evaluation of Multi-Modal Corridors in Tucson, Arizona
Extreme heat is increasing the heat stress of pedestrians, especially in low-income communities. This research aims to document ambient and radiant temperatures to understand heat stress's effect on individuals' heat vulnerability and thermal comfort level.
Ida Sami, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Arizona
Research and Practice Connecting Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Planning
Communities conducting hazard mitigation addressing climate risks have issues accessing clear information and tools. We will explore ways that Federal agencies are co-developing resources to address this issue, reduce hazard risk, and share examples of how information produced advance local action.
Rebecca Lunde, Ph.D., West Coast Regional Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Justin Kates, Director of Emergency Management, The City of Nashua, New Hampshire
Juliette Finzi Hart, Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP) Program Manager, CA Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Shubha Shrivastava, MUP, Mitigation Planner, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Christopher Clavin, M.S., Research Environmental Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Session Moderated by Reid Sherman, Ph.D., Climate Adaptation Lead, U.S. Global Change Research Program
Session Organized by Christopher Clavin, M.S., Research Environmental Engineer, Community Resilience Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The COVID-19 & Climate Change Syndemic: Recognize Global Threats & Opportunities
Using simulation strategies, we deployed a workshop to educate medical students about the unprecedented public health threats of the syndemic of climate change and COVID-19. They developed plans for future prevention and mitigation to advocate for their patients and planetary health.
Holly Rosencranz, M.D., Clinical associate professor of medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Leslie Herzog, M.D. (Retired)
Japhia Ramkumar, M.D., Clinical associate professor of medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine
The Costs and Losses of Wildfires – Investment Solutions vs. Reactive Management
Intensifying wildfire seasons pose a growing strain on resources and the well-being of Californians. The panel will discuss our recent report on what we know and what we must learn to make informed decisions about the balance of investment solutions and reactive management of wildfire in California.
Genevieve Biggs, Ph.D., Special Projects Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Samuel Evans, Ph.D., Professor, Mills College
Teresa Feo, Ph.D., Senior Science Officer, California Council on Science and Technology
Session Moderated and Organized by Brie Lindsey, Ph.D., Director of Science Services, California Council on Science and Technology
Turning Over a New Leaf: Increasing Accessibility to Urban Parks Through Creative Land Use and Infrastructure Solutions
During the COVID-19 pandemic, urban parks have provided one of the few safe venues for recreation and social interaction in cities. We propose that under-used lands in cities can be developed into urban parks, and access to existing parks can be enhanced through creative infrastructure solutions.
Jacqueline Weber, Student, Sir Sandford Fleming College
Hilary Wright, Student, Sir Sandford Fleming College