Program — 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference
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September 17–19, 2018 | Columbia, SC

Program

Conversations in the hall are often the best part of a conference. Presentations at the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference are designed around alternative formats to allow for more discussion and interaction among all participants. The descriptions below share a bit of information about the different presentation formats. Please consider how these approaches can make helpful connections.

Topics

Topics for discussion in sessions may include, but are not limited to, the following subjects

Climate Science, Research, and Information in the Carolinas

  • Climate trends, variability and teleconnections in the Carolinas
  • Available climate resources for decision makers and resource managers – identifying and using data and information resources
  • Climate change research and modeling
  • Sea level rise projections and tools
  • Climate and hydrology
  • Climate impacts on water resources, natural resources, urban areas, and communities

Planning for Resilience

  • Conducting vulnerability assessments
  • Making decisions in the face of uncertainty
  • Identifying and assessing the economic consequences of climate
  • Integrating climate change into sustainability planning
  • Mainstreaming climate into ongoing activities or plans
  • Using climate adaptation tools: moving from planning to practice
  • Encouraging equitable climate adaptation
  • Fostering community engagement

Coping with Climate

  • Case studies of local and regional efforts underway
  • Drought response and management
  • Planning for weather extremes and hazards: precipitation (flooding), temperature (heat)
  • Tropical storms, coastal flooding and storm surge
  • Resources, tools, trainings to help decision makers and managers address climate threats
  • Increasing resilience through disaster recovery

Sector-Specific Projects and Activities

  • Agriculture
  • Built environment and infrastructure
  • Coastal communities and resources
  • Hazards and emergency management
  • Natural resources
  • Public health
  • Tourism
  • Water management
  • Climate adaptation in the private sector

Climate Communications and Outreach

  • Addressing local impacts and concerns
  • Communicating uncertainty
  • Developing effective communication strategies and messages
  • Engaging partners and stakeholders
  • Working with elected officials and the public
 
Special 2018 Track: Accelerating Climate Action through Innovation and Technology

Organized in collaboration with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) and The Collider, the 2018 CCRC program will include an exciting new track: "Accelerating Climate Action through Innovation and Technology." We are soliciting presentations for this track which highlight cutting-edge, transformative technologies, policies, and/or financing opportunities, particularly those happening in the Carolinas or with applications in the Carolinas.

One of our goals is to craft sessions which attract diverse participants from multiple sectors, for example: bringing together innovative producers with end users, and connecting resources with needs of underrepresented communities. This track compliments climate adaptation field-wide efforts to accelerate the pace and effectiveness of technological, policy, and finance innovation, scaling, transfer, and use, in order to inspire adaptation action that moves beyond the current status quo.

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Presentation Formats

Sharing Lessons Learned — Case Studies from the Field

These presentations are designed to share how your actions to address climate variability and change have succeeded (or not) and provide recommendations for others engaging in similar efforts, including what went well and how you might do things differently next time. Submissions for this format may also consider joint presentations between an information producer (e.g., researcher, tool developer) and information user to demonstrate real world examples of how climate information and tools are incorporated in decision-making.

Connecting the Dots (or "Ask the Audience")

These presentations are intended to promote audience participation and provide presenters feedback that can help inform their work. Presenters should give a brief (5 to 10 minute) presentation to introduce their project and spend the bulk of their time eliciting feedback and answering questions from participants. Alternatively, presenters can incorporate questions or requests for feedback throughout the presentation. Possible formats include general brainstorming, Q&A, polling software such as PollEverywhere or small-group discussion.

What's Going On?

Want to let others know what your organization or community has been doing to increase climate resilience in the Carolinas? These presentations are designed to share information about ongoing research, efforts, and partnerships in the Carolinas that address climate variability and change so that participants can learn more about the many great projects and initiatives occurring in the region.

Illustrated Presentations

For those who prefer posters over presentations, we will host a poster session during the Monday evening reception. All posters will be displayed in the General Sessions area where plenaries, lunches, breaks, and the Monday evening networking reception will be held in order to give attendees ample viewing time.

Climate Adaptation Tools in Action

These presentations are intended to demonstrate the nuts and bolts of adaptation implementation in the Carolinas through real-world applications. Developers will give a brief introduction to their resource or tool at the beginning of the presentation. Then, presenters will share a case study of how the tool or resource has been utilized in a community. We encourage presenters to invite users from their case study communities or groups to participate in the presentation so that they might share their experiences with other interested participants.

"Ask the Climatologist"

In order to allow opportunities for attendees to interact with climatologists and other climate experts, several sessions will be organized to share information on current climate in the Carolinas, climate variability, and anticipated changes in regional climate. These sessions will include presentations from state and regional climatologists with plenty of time for questions and discussions throughout. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions prior to the conference so that speakers can prepare materials and information in advance to address specific climate-related concerns.

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