Climate and COVID: The Combined Impacts of Multiple Stressors

Advancing Urban Heat Resilience

Panel Session

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.

Presenters

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

Student Poster

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.

Presenters

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

Panel Session

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.

Presenters

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)

Student Poster

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.

Presenters

Kailee Atkinson, Student, Lehigh University

Dork Sahagian, Ph.D., Professor of Earth & Environmental Science, Lehigh University

COVID-19 in Indian Country: Challenges and Innovations

Panel Session

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.

Presenters

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

Flash Talk

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.

Presenters

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

Flash Talk

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.

Presenters

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

Flash Talk

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

Presenters

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?

Student Poster

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- https://arcg.is/jfazD.

Presenters

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

Flash Talk

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.

Presenters

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

Flash Talk

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.

Presenters

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

Poster

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.

Presenters

Ida Sami, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Arizona

Research and Practice Connecting Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Planning

Panel Session

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.

Presenters

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

Poster

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.

Presenters

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

Panel Session

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.

Presenters

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

Student Poster

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.

Presenters

Jacqueline Weber, Student, Sir Sandford Fleming College

Hilary Wright, Student, Sir Sandford Fleming College