Traversing the Science Policy Interface in the Context of a Changing Climate

Climate Change Indicators for Agriculture: Understanding Risks and Impacts

Panel Session

This session will focus on data sets for tracking, understanding, and managing the effects of changing temperatures and water availability on agriculture in the United States and describe results from a new USDA technical report on climate indicators for agriculture.

Presenters

Lawrence Buja, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Initiatives, University of Nevada, Reno

Peter Backlund, M.A., Associate Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University

Arthur Degaetano, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University

Session Moderated by Margaret Walsh, Ph.D., Senior Ecologist, Office of Energy and Environmental Policy, USDA

Session Organized by Peter Backlund, M.A., Associate Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University

Colorado River Sustainability: Epicenter of Science, Environment, and Policy

Panel Session

After enduring a crippling 20-year drought in the Colorado River basin, stakeholders, including states, U.S. and Mexican governments, Native American tribes, and non-governmental organizations, are finding new and innovative ways to sustain the River. This panel will address those efforts.

Presenters

Brad Udall, J.D., Senior Water & Climate Scientist/Scholar, Colorado Water Center, Colorado State University

T. Daryl Vigil, Jicarilla Apache, Jemez Pueblo, Zia Peublo, Co-Director Water & Tribes in the Colorado River Basin

Ted Kowalski, J.D., Colorado River Initiate Lead and Senior Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation

Session Moderated and Organized by Jennifer Gimbel, J.D., Senior Water Policy Scholar, Colorado Water Center; Colorado State University

Communicating in Crisis: Sharing Research Related to COVID-19

Panel Session

What have we learned about science communication from the COVID-19 pandemic? The panelists will discuss efforts to share research and expertise related to the pandemic and what they teach us about how to communicate science to decision makers and the public in a time of crisis.

Presenters

Diana Brazzell, Co-founder & Executive Editor, Footnote

Elyse Aurbach, Ph.D., Public Engagement Lead at the Center for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan

Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Ph.D., Director of Communications and Science Outreach, Ciencia Puerto Rico

Session Moderated and Organized by Diana Brazzell, Co-founder & Executive Editor, Footnote

Session Moderated and Organized by Diana Brazzell, Co-founder & Executive Editor, Footnote

RISAs, Climate Hubs & CASCs: Federal Coordination Across Regional Networks

Panel Session

Climate science-to-action networks at USDA, NOAA and DOI share a goal of supporting communities, landscapes, and sectors across the nation in becoming resilient to climate change. This panel will discuss how these three networks coordinate and collaborate at the federal level.

Presenters

Rachel Steele, Ph.D., National Program Leader, USDA Climate Hubs, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Chelsea Combest-Friedman, Director, Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Janet Cushings, Deputy Chief, National Climate Adaptation Science Centers, U.S. Geological Survey

Session Moderated and Organized by Ariela Zycherman, Ph.D., Social Scientist and Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Expanding the Scope of Drawdown

Flash Talk

Climate change is humankind's greatest challenge. It’s time to buckle down on strategies that can work at the scale needed –not just to reduce emissions, but to restore the earth’s energy balance. Find out what we need to accomplish before 2030, and why, in order to begin stabilizing our climate.

Presenters

Linda Brown, Senior Vice President, SCS Global Services

Frequently Asked Questions in NCA5: Input From the NCSE Community

Flash Talk

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) evaluates the state of the science of global change and analyzes effects within the United States. We invite feedback from the NCSE community to continue improving the efficacy of NCA Frequently Asked Questions to enhance public understanding of global change.

Presenters

Samantha Basile, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist, National Climate Assessment, U.S. Global Change Research Program

Michael Kuperberg, Ph.D., Executive Director, U.S. Global Change Research Program, Office of Science and Technology Policy, U.S. Global Change Research Program

Christopher Avery, Ph.D., Chief of Staff, National Climate Assessment, U.S. Global Change Research Program

Visioning a Cooler City: Participatory Planning for Extreme Heat Resilience (C)

Flash Talk

Extreme heat is the deadliest weather-related disaster in the U.S. yet strategies to address this risk remain limited. We developed an extreme heat digital teaching game, polling users about preferred resilience strategies. This process helps acceptance of difficult political decisions on climate.

Presenters

Jonathan Crisman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

Urban Areas at Great Risk From Flood Damage

Student Poster

While floods cost billions annually, outdated/incomplete regulatory maps put homeowners at risk. We harnessed big data and machine learning to estimate flood susceptibility throughout the U.S. Our results suggest that regulatory maps largely bypass flood risk experienced in urban areas.

Presenters

Elyssa Collins, Ph.D. Student, North Carolina State University, Center for Geospatial Analytics

Human dimensions of growing bioenergy trees among farmers in North Carolina

Student Poster

Science has proven the benefits of growing bioenergy trees in the ecosystem. However, the social factors influencing its adoption among farmers are still unknown. To bring research to action, this poster addresses factors that influence the human dimensions of growing bioenergy trees among farmers.

Presenters

Omoyemeh Ile, Ph.d. Student and Graduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University

Considering Hazardous Ecosystems in Early Care and Education Programs and Policy

Poster

Chronic toxicity increases health risk for children. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's CSPECE program, in collaboration with key partners, supports health departments in protecting children from potential exposures in and around early care and learning environments.

Presenters

Adelaide Appiah, MPH, Senior Program Analyst, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Tobie Bernstein, M.S., Director, Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Program, Environtmental Law Institute (ELI)

Hester Paul, M.S., National Director, Eco-Healthy Child Care®, Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN)

Jennifer Freed, MPH, REHS/RS, Environmental Health Scientist, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Samantha Ritter, MPH, Director, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Energy Justice through Solar: The Social Construction of Low-Income Households

Student Poster

Little research yet investigates how solar policies have characterized and engaged with the target populations. Applying the social construction framework (SCF), this study examines how low-income households are socially constructed in policy provisions and how their social construction has been reinforced or changed through public participation.

Presenters

Yutong Si, Ph.D. Student, Northeastern University

The Role That Values Play in the Interactions of Social and Ecological Systems

Student Poster

The work of science is to obtain well justified reliable information about the world. Given that all people have to consider how their actions will impact others, the work of scientists should be no exception. This work emphasizes the role of values to help illuminate which values shape different disciplines. My aim is to bring some of this literature to light in order to outline some of the ways in which the values of various disciplines can achieve synergistic outcomes and sustainability.

Presenters

Nico Clarke, Student, University of Dayton

Innovative Behavior: Increasing Litter Collection on Public Lands and Waters

Student Poster

Through collaborative engagement, this project has led to the development of a sustainable behavior change innovation that can decrease litter and evolve with an aging generation: a mobile application that motivates users with prize incentives provided by local businesses.

Presenters

Maria Gilbert, Graduate Student, North Carolina State University

The CST: A Study of Tourism Certification and Sustainability in Costa Rica

Student Poster

Tourism is the largest industry in the world. Yet, it faces significant challenges for developing sustainably. This research addressed how Costa Rica’s novel certification policy helps balance economic growth with sustainable development and environmental values in the face of climate change.

Presenters

Caylea Barone, Undergraduate Research Fellow, the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs, Colgate University