On June 23rd, 2015, from 12:00pm ET – 1:00pm ET, the National Academy of Sciences will host an event titled “Building Resilience Through Science: An Armchair Discussion in the Resilient America Roundtable Series” at their headquarters (2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC). A free webcast will be available.
Trends over the last several decades show that weather-related disasters and other extreme events are happening more frequently and resulting in greater losses, costs, and damages. Environmental Intelligence creates opportunities for communities to look ahead and become more societally, economically and ecologically resilient. But what does “resilience” mean to communities, and what kinds of information, tools, and data do communities need to make decisions that will increase their resilience and minimize their risks?
Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Administrator, NOAA, The Honorable Samuel Adams, Former Mayor of Portland Oregon and current Director of the US Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute, and Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences, will start to answer these questions when they sit down for an armchair discussion about building resilience through science. Mr. Joseph Witte, Climate Communicator at NASA Goddard, will moderate this conversation.
This Resilience Armchair Discussion is co-hosted by the National Academy of Sciences’ Resilient America Roundtable and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. During the one hour conversation, our esteemed speakers will discuss:
- What does resilience mean to communities and what are the issues that are driving resilience at local, regional and national levels? How can we increase collaboration at all levels of government?
- What types of data and information are needed by communities, businesses, and governments to make long-term resilience decisions? What is the state-of-the-science in terms of measuring and predicting impacts to our environment, society, and economy?
- How does climate change affect resilience in the future? What is the appropriate planning horizon to hedge the biggest risks yet to come? How do officials incorporate best available data and factor in uncertainty into short-term and long-term decision-making?