From Sept. 12-14, Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) researchers and students in CRC education projects presented at the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, a biennial meeting convened to provide an opportunity for practitioners and academics to share information about climate-related tools, resources, experiences and activities in North and South Carolina.
- Ashton Rohmer, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) and a CRC fellow, presented on “Buy-In for Buyouts: Buyout Best Practices and Their Implications for Hazard Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation.” The work was related to a trip taken by students to Kinston, N.C., which saw major damage from Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
- Sierra Woodruff, a PhD candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill, was a student in a CRC education program at UNC, a graduate certificate in natural hazards resilience, and was a Department of Homeland Security Office of University Programs Graduate Student Climate Preparedness Intern in the summer of 2014. Her research focuses on how planning can help communities preserve ecosystem services and reduce the impacts of climate change, and was the theme of her presentation. She also presented on integrating climate adaptation and hazard mitigation in the Eno-Haw region in North Carolina.
- Dr. Michelle Covi, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University (ODU), is a researcher on the CRC project “A Tool to Measure Community Stress to Support Disaster Resilience Planning and Stakeholder/End User Engagement”. Her presentation, “What Is a “Whole of Community” Approach to Planning for Adaptation?,” was one of three presentations focusing on sea-level rise and resilience in the Hampton Roads, Va., region. The final report for this project can be found on the ODU website.
To see all presentations, visit www.cisa.sc.edu/ccrc/speakers.html.