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