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Data and Technology Innovation for Climate Solutions and Sustainability

Decision Tools for Systems-of-Systems Approaches to Environmental Security

Panel Session

Policy- and decision-makers need to identify solutions that ensure population health and security to climate risks. This session will discuss tools for examining how climate effects impact the performance of critical infrastructure and services and identifying solutions to improve their resilience.


Jenn Richkus, Environmental Science Researcher and Strategist, MITRE

Ken Harrison, Ph.D., Operations Research Analyst, NIST Community Resilience Group

Session Organized by Victoria Gammino, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Global Health, MITRE; and Alex Schlichting, Ph.D, Energy & Environment Research Engineer, MITRE

Alex Schlichting, Ph.D, Energy & Environment Research Engineer, MITRE

Session Moderated by Mike Gremillion, Col USAF Ret, Director of the Center for Global Water Security at The University of Alabama

FlashTalkPlus: Re-Energize Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (DR3) Data Processes

Flash Talk

The effective implementation of the SDGs and equitable DR3 involves complex data processes and stakeholder engagement across governance levels. This session focuses on innovative interdisciplinary approaches for data processes, stakeholder engagement and machine learning tools for the US and UK.


Catalina Spataru, Ph.D., Professor, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London, UK

Ranger Ruffins, M.S. Student, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Session moderated by Felix Dodds, Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow (Global Research Institute), The Water Institute, UNC Chapel Hill

Elizabeth Christenson-Diver, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Water Institute, UNC Chapel Hill

Priscilla Carvalho, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London, UK

Session organized by Elizabeth Christenson-Diver, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Water Institute, UNC Chapel Hill

Managing With Logic: A Bayesian Causal Network Assessment of Forest Management in the Monarch Reserve Using the Critical List

Student Poster

The aim of this study is to evaluate and contrast four sites that represent (relatively) efficient sustainable common pool forest management. The research design focuses on the systematic analysis of these variables to see how they are in fact relevant to the forest cover change over time.


Miramanni Mishkin, Graduate Student, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico UNAM Centro de Investigaciones en Geografia Ambiental CIGA

Mapping Bull Kelp Forests of Puget Sound With Consumer-Level UAV Image Platforms

Student Poster

This project seeks to evaluate the efficacy of using consumer-level UAV (or drone) image platforms to survey floating bull kelp forests in Puget Sound. To achieve this, aerial surveys were conducted in collaboration with the Washington Department of Natural Resources during the 2020 summer season.


Tyler Cowdrey, Masters Student, The Evergreen State College

Smart Systems, People, and the Transition to Decarbonize Energy

Panel Session

Session examines the application of design thinking to address risk mitigation in the interface among smart systems, tools, and users to meaningfully accelerate decarbonization at scale while enhancing value in supply chains.


Cheryl Heller, Ph.D., Director of Design Integration and Professor of Practice in Innovation Design, Arizona State University

Andrew Maynard, Ph.D., Director of the Risk Innovation Lab, Arizona State University

Session Organized and Moderated by Edward Saltzberg, Ph.D., Executive Director, Security and Sustainability Forum

Todd Taylor, M.S., Lecturer and Digital Technology Researcher, Thunderbird School at Arizona State University

William Brandt, MBA, Director of Strategic Integration, LightWorks� an Arizona State University initiative

The Digital Divide: A Lesser Known Symptom Impacting Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Student Poster

Rural areas are disproportionately affected by internet requirements during COVID-19. Our poster will examine the feasibility of Broadband Over Powerline infrastructure as a solution to providing reliable internet to rural areas in an ecologically sound and cost-effective way, enhancing opportunities for economic contributions from rural areas.


Sydney Shepherd, Student, Sir Sandford Fleming College

Morgan Lane, Student, Sir Sandford Fleming College

Danielle Douglas, Student, Sir Sandford Fleming College

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