May 10–12, 2021 | Durham, NC

Agenda for 2021

List of Speakers/Presenters

Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop 1
Monday, May 3
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Conference Kick-Off
CISA Research and Resources to Support Climate Resilience in the Carolinas

Kirstin Dow, UofSC and CISA
Greg Carbone, UofSC and CISA
Amanda Farris, UofSC and CISA
Jory Fleming, UofSC and CISA
Chip Konrad, UNC Chapel Hill, Southeast Regional Climate Center, and CISA
Kirsten Lackstrom, UofSC and CISA
Sarah Watson, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and CISA

Workshop 2
Tuesday, May 4
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Principles of Quality Climate Adaptation and Resilience Practice

Rachel Jacobson, American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)
Jim Fox, NEMAC+FernLeaf
Sushma Masemore, NC Department of Environmental Quality
Sharai Lewis-Gruss, First Street Foundation

Workshop 3
Wednesday, May 5
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Workshop 4
Thursday, May 6
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Creating Regional Extreme Heat Resilience Plans

Tara Mei Smith, Extra Terrestrial Projects
Max Cawley, NC Museum of Life and Science
Tobin Freid, Durham County, NC
Ladd Keith, University of Arizona
Daphne Lundi, NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
Melissa Scott, Duke University, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity



Monday, May 10, 2021

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Opening Plenary: Climate Challenges We Face and Our Inspiration to Act
Susannah Tuttle (Moderator), North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light
Kaylah Braithwaite, Zero Hour
Reverend Dawn Baldwin Gibson, Peletah Ministries
Susanne Moser, Susanne Moser Research and Consulting

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM    Break

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Session 1A

Poster Presentations
  • The Fifth National Climate Assessment: Updates and Opportunities for Participation by the CCRC Community
    Joshua Hernandez, US Global Change Research Program
  • Landslide Vulnerability and Risk Assessment to Support Resilience Planning in Western North Carolina
    Matthew Hutchins, NEMAC+Fernleaf
  • Near-real Time Drought Monitoring Using Satellite and In-situ Precipitation Datasets and Application to the Carolinas
    Olivier Prat, NC Institute for Climate Studies
  • #ShowYourStripes — Making Global Climate Data Local in the Carolinas — Jared Rennie, NC Institute for Climate Studies
  • SC Safe Home Adopts FEMA "Daug Haus" Construction Demo and Encourages Improved Mitigation Techniques and Methodologies for the Home Construction & Retrofit Industry
    Ann Roberson, SC Department of Insurance
  • The Economic Impact of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit: A Case Study Approach
    Karin Rogers, UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)

Session 1B

Planning for a More Resilient Future
  • Macro to Micro – Designing in Harmony with Poetry, Science, and Place
    Matt Barnett, LS3P Associates
  • Living with Water
    Terry DeMeo, USS North Carolina Battleship
  • Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan
    Michael Flynn, North Carolina Coastal Federation
  • Training Design for Sustainable and Resilient Organizations: A Local Government Example in a Coastal Community
    Maeve Snyder, North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR

Session 1C

Practical Policies for Flood Prevention
  • Recommendations for Improving Buyouts at the Federal, State, and Local Levels
    Matt Fuchs, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Pump Station Vulnerability Study
    Lindsey Hallock, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
  • Before the Flood: Funding Resilience at the Local Government Level
    Mary Tchamkina, Raftelis
  • A Multi-Sectoral Network for Shoreline Management and Wetlands Protection in Virginia: Understanding the Roles of Actors from Multiple Sectors
    Wie Yusuf, Old Dominion University

Session 1D

Carolinas Climate Extremes
  • The Precipitation Roller Coaster: From Floods to Drought and Back Again
    Melissa Griffin, South Carolina State Climatology Office
  • Extreme Rainfall Trends in South Carolina
    Hope Mizzell, South Carolina State Climatology Office
  • Using NASA Earth Observations to Quantify the Impact of Urban Tree Canopy Cover on Urban Heat and Identify Community Vulnerability in Asheville, North Carolina
    Andrew Shannon, NASA DEVELOP National Program
  • Heat Stress at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site
    David Werth, Savannah River National Laboratory

Session 1E

Coastal Community Health and Resilience
  • Complex Hazards and Community Resilience: Small Businesses, Hurricanes, & COVID-19
    Eleanor Davis Pierel, University of South Carolina and CISA
  • Communication Preferences after a Hurricane in Eastern North Carolina
    Suzanne Lea, East Carolina University
  • Opportunities for Collaborative Climate Adaptation: Preliminary Findings on the Impacts of Compounded Crises on Remote, Tourism-Dependent Coastal Communities
    Virginia Patterson, NC State University
  • Coastal Community Health Resilience: Expanding Perspectives and Capacity in Sea Grant
    Susan White, NC Sea Grant

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM    Break

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Session 2A

Student Poster Presentations
  • Regionalized Coastal Management — A Case Study on Two Regionalized Beach Nourishment Projects on the North Carolina Coast
    Sarah Henshaw, UNC Chapel Hill Environmental Finance Center
  • Discounted Cash Flow and Capital Budgeting of FloodWise, a Pilot Water Farming Program in Eastern North Carolina
    Meredith Hovis, NC State University
  • Flood Memorialization and Community Resilience
    Jason Kops, East Carolina University
  • Understanding South Carolina Coastal Government Influences in Policymaking in Relation to Changing Climates and Ecosystems
    Shelly McComb, College of Charleston
  • Lowering Building Emissions through Storytelling: Portraits of Asheville’s Energy Efficient Businesses
    Andrew Polich, Lenoir-Ryne University
  • Community Outreach During A Pandemic: Implementing A Largescale Shoreline Resilience Project with The Nature Conservancy
    Christopher Williams, The Nature Conservancy

Session 2B

Lightning Talks: Community Health and Resilience
  • North Carolina's Natural and Working Lands Action Plan
    Misty Buchanan, NC Natural Heritage Program
  • Stuck in the Middle: Barriers to Local Administration of Post-Hurricane Buyouts
    Leah Campbell, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Everyday Adaptation: How Coastal Residents Adapt to Climate Hazards
    Brianna Castro, Harvard University
  • The Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change on N.C. Commercial Fishing
    Christopher Dumas, UNC Wilmington
  • Climate Change Impacts on the NC Roadway System in 2050: A Systemic Perspective
    Huiying Fan, Georgia Institute of Technology

Session 2C

Lightning Talks: Flood Resilience
  • Avoiding Coastal Hazards through Subsidy Removal
    Jordan Branham, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Student Engineering Designs to Promote Resilience in the Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed
    Randall Etheridge, East Carolina University
  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Managing Floodplain Development in NC
    Miyuki Hino, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Stream Restoration and Riparian Asset Protection
    Tracey Marshall, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Mapping Coastal Protection and Blue Carbon for North Carolina
    Katie Warnell, Nicholas Inst for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

Session 2D

Lightning Talks: Climate in the Carolinas
  • The Development and Validation of a Web-Based Tool to Forecast Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature
    Jordan Clark, UNC Chapel Hill and CISA
  • Assessing Wildfire Risk in the Southeast U. S. Using a Fire Behavior Model
    Peng Gao, UNC Wilmington
  • Evaluating Trends in the Occurrence of Coastal Flooding in Charleston, SC
    Blair Holloway, National Weather Service
  • South Carolina Tornado Climatology (1950-2019) and Visualizations
    Alexander McGinnis, National Weather Service
  • Transforming NOAA to a Service Delivery
    Ellen Mecray, NOAA

Session 2E

Lightning Talks: Climate in Context
  • Equitable Governance and Climate Resilience in Rural, Inland Communities: A Case Study of Robeson County, NC
    Tira Beckham, NC State University
  • Low-Cost Air Quality Monitoring in North Carolina
    Brian Magi, UNC Charlotte
  • Climate through the Prism of COVID: Lessons on Structural Vulnerability and Resilience in the Food, Health, and Social Service Sectors
    Jessica McClellan, Appalachian State University
  • North Carolina's Historic & Cultural Properties at Risk
    Shaleen Miller, UNC Greensboro
  • Investigating Ecosystem Impacts of Climate Change in the Carolinas
    Andrew Robinson, UNC Charlotte

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM
Networking Reception

In-Person and Virtual Options



Tuesday, May 11, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast & Virtual Networking

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Opening Plenary: State and Local Risk Assessment and Resilience

Amanda Martin (Moderator), NC Office of Recovery and Resilience
Sushma Masemore, NC Department of Environmental Quality
Tom Mullikin, SC Floodwater Commission
Ray Funnye, Georgetown County, SC
Mayor Don Hardy, City of Kinston, NC

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM    Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon    SYMPOSIA

Session 3A

Building Capacity for Climate Resilience in Albemarle-Pamlico Region Tribal Communities

Stacey Feken, Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership
Elizabeth Andrews, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, William & Mary Law School
Ryan Emanuel, NC State University, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Jocelyn Painter, NC State University, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
Beth Roach, NC Commission of Indian Affairs, Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia

Session 3B

Understanding Extreme Heat Risk in a Lowcountry Oasis: Engaging a Coastal Healthcare System in Climate-readiness Solutions

Janice Barnes, Climate Adaptation Partners
Jen Runkle, NC State University
Christine von Kolnitz, Medical University of South Carolina

Session 3C

Climate Change Communications and Education

Rebecca Ward, State Climate Office of North Carolina
K.C. Busch, NC State University
Max Cawley, NC Museum of Life and Science
Lauren Daniel, NC Department of Environmental Quality
Tom Maycock, NC State University, NC Institute for Climate Studies

Session 3D

Wastewater Infrastructure Tipping Points: Climate Adaptation for Onsite (Septic) Systems

Jane Harrison, NC Sea Grant
Katie Hill, University of Georgia
Charles Humphrey, East Carolina University
Mike O’Driscoll, East Carolina University
Holly White, Town of Nags Head, NC

12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM
Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Session 4A

Creating Strategies for Equitable Adaptation
  • Developing a Multi-hazard Climate Risk Index for Adaptive Land and Resource Management in Complex Terrain
    Bjorn Brooks, NC Institute for Climate Studies
  • Hurricane Matthew and Subsequent Housing Instability
    Nora Louise Schwaller, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Identifying Populations Vulnerable to Hurricane Impacts in Coastal Carolina using Mappable Indicators
    Robert Truesdale, RTI International
  • Environmental Justice and Disaster Recovery: The Role of Leadership in Fostering Recognition of the Latinx Community in Wilmington, NC
    Olivia Vila, NC State University

Session 4B

Resilient Infrastructure and Design
  • Filling the Gaps: Weather and Climate Information for Small- and Medium-Size Water Utilities
    Tamara Houston, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
  • Cut Off: Changing Utility Duties in the Era of Climate Change Disasters
    Heather Payne, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Creating a Carolina Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Storm Resilience Plan
    Caitlin Rose, Triangle Clean Cities, Triangle J Council of Governments
  • Weathering the Storm: Resilient Wins on the North Carolina Coast
    Roy Wright, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

Session 4C

Nature-Based Solutions for Flood Resilience
  • North Coast Resilience in South Carolina – Using Nature Based Projects for Flood Mitigation
    Joy Brown, The Nature Conservancy
  • FloodWise: A Water Farming Program to Mitigate Future Floodwaters
    Fred Cubbage, NC State University
  • Using Green Stormwater Infrastructure to Sustainably Address Changing Storms
    Matthew Jones, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Implementation of the North Carolina’s Natural and Working Lands Initiative
    Rick Savage, Carolina Wetlands Association

Session 4D

Advancing Long-Term Climate Resilience in Beaufort County, SC

Sarah Watson, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and CISA
Rob Merchant, Beaufort County, SC
Kim Jones, Town of Bluffton, SC

Session 4E

Student Poster Presentations
  • Environmental Fate of Microplastics and Tire Wear Particles from Coastal Floodwater in Charleston, SC
    Bonnie Ertel, The Citadel
  • Simulated Extreme Precipitation Events Under a Future Warming Paradigm
    Geneva Gray, NC State University, EPA
  • Flood Hazards at the River-Coastal Interface of Carolina Watersheds
    Lauren Grimley, UNC Chapel Hill
  • An Assessment of Winter Weather in the State of South Carolina
    Finn Hagerty, UofSC and SC State Climatology Office
  • Geospatial Prioritization for Floodplain Buyouts
    Sarah Lipuma, Duke University
  • Reporting on Hurricanes in the Tarheel State: How News Media in Remote Coastal Communities Address Disaster Preparation and Recovery Policy
    Patricia McKee, NC State University

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM    Break

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM    SYMPOSIA

Session 5A

How Faith Communities are Key to Climate Resilience

Susannah Tuttle, NC Interfaith Power & Light
Dallas Conyers, Southeast Climate Action Faith Leaders
Avery Davis Lamb, Creation Justice Ministries, Duke University
Codi Norred, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light

Session 5B

North Carolina Resilient Communities Program – Enhancing Local and Regional Capacity for Resilience

Samantha Burdick, NC Division of Coastal Management
Amanda Martin, NC Office of Recovery and Resilience
Mackenzie Todd, NC Division of Coastal Management

Session 5C

Our Resilient Coasts: Mapping Resilient Lands, Flood Exposure, and Floodplain Values in the Coastal Carolinas

Liz Fly, The Nature Conservancy
Mark Anderson, The Nature Conservancy
Danica Schaffer-Smith, Arizona State University, The Nature Conservancy
Keil Schmid, Geoscience Consultants

Session 5D

Empowering Youth to Contribute to Climate Resilience Efforts in their Communities: Lessons from the Field

Dana Haine, UNC Chapel Hill, Institute for the Environment
Hannah Barg, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Merrie Koester, USC Center for Science Education

Session 5E

Compound Coastal Water Events: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Resilience

Scott Curtis, The Citadel
Kelley DePolt, East Carolina University
Jennifer Helgeson, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Anuradha Mukherji, East Carolina University
Joshua Robinson, Robinson Design Engineers
Philip Van Wagoner, East Carolina University
Nolan Willams, Robinson Design Engineers



Wednesday, May 12, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast and Virtual Networking

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM    SYMPOSIA

Session 6A

Living Resiliency: An Interactive Cultural Environmental Circle from the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee

Dan Rizza, Climate Central
Kate Cell, Union of Concerned Scientists
Kate Driscoll Derickson, University of Minnesota
Queen Quet, Gullah/Geechee Nation

Session 6B

Zoomtowns and Floodplains: Development Density Impact on Resilient Towns

Elaine Gallagher Adams, LS3P Associates
Justin Kearnan, LS3P Associates

Session 6C

Systematic Tracking of Recovery: A Longitudinal Community-Resilience Focused Investigation in Lumberton, NC Following Hurricanes Matthew and Florence

Jennifer Helgeson, Nat’l Inst of Standards & Technology
Shane Crawford, Nat'l Inst of Standards & Technology
Maria Dillard, Nat'l Inst of Standards & Technology
Sara Hamideh, Stony Brook University
Elaina Sutley, University of Kansas

Session 6D

Climatopia: A Children’s Game for Teaching Climate Disaster Resilience

Rachel Willis, UNC Chapel Hill
Karla Cordova Araujo, UNC Chapel Hill
Alex Pistiolis, UNC Chapel Hill
Sydney Thomas, UNC Chapel Hill

Session 6E

Policies and Systems to Effectively Implement Resilience

Peter Raabe, American Rivers
Chris Canfield, Conservation Trust of North Carolina
Grady McCallie, NC Conservation Network
Rob Moore, National Resources Defense Council, Inc.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM    Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM    SYMPOSIA

Session 7A

Grassroots Leadership Development for Resilience

Hannah Mico, River Network
Nicole Goddard, City of Raleigh, NC
Tatiana Height, Partners for Environmental Justice
Keshi Satterwhite, Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association

Session 7B

Technical Session on Oceans and Human Health and Climate Change Interactions

Ekaterina Altman, University of South Carolina
Dwayne Porter, University of South Carolina
Paul Sandifer, College of Charleston
Geoff Scott, University of South Carolina

Session 7C

Advancing Nature-based Stormwater Strategies in North Carolina

Kristiane Huber, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Todd Miller, The North Carolina Coastal Federation

Session 7D

Charleston Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Major Findings and Next Steps

Jim Fox, NEMAC+FernLeaf
Janice Barnes, Climate Adaptation Partners
Jeff Hicks, NEMAC+FernLeaf
Matt Hutchins, NEMAC+FernLeaf
Katie McKain, City of Charleston, SC
Aashka Patel, NEMAC+FernLeaf
Mark Wilbert, City of Charleston, SC

Session 7E

Leveraging University and Government Collaborations to Support Coastal Resilience

Cari Furiness, USGS Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
Ryan Boyles, USGS Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
Michael Allen, University of Florida
Karen McNeal, Auburn University
Lydia Olander, Duke University
Mary Watzin, NC State University

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Lunch Break

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Closing Plenary: Climate Communications through the Arts
Melody Hunter Pillion, Journalist & Historian
April Hiscox, University of South Carolina, Climatology & Fabric Arts
Mary Edna Fraser, Artist & Musician
Judy Twedt, Musician
Donovan Zimmerman, Paperhand Puppet Intervention