Practitioners, researchers, and staff from local, state, and federal agencies came together April 28-29, 2014 to share information about climate-related tools, resources, experiences, and activities in the Carolinas. The conference was designed with a very interactive format geared towards networking and exchange among stakeholders and decision makers throughout the region. Many thanks to everyone who attended and presented their work at the event!
More information including evaluation survey results can be found in the Final Report.
View presentations on the Speakers page.
Read the conference article published in The Charlotte Observer.
The impacts of current climate variability and the evidence of climate change are continuing to grow and with it our understanding of the challenges we face in adapting to those changes. Building resilience – the ability to adjust easily to or recover from a stress or change – is an important step in preparing to successfully address the current and future pressures. The Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference worked to assist by providing a platform to share experience and knowledge of opportunities, tools, resources, local initiatives, and expertise.
Interactive presentations and audience discussion, such as an “Ask the Climatologist” session, were intended to improve understanding of our regional climate as well as information, services, and tools available to stakeholders and decision makers in the region. Check out the Program page to see a full list of the different types of sessions held.
North Carolina Sea Grant
North Carolina Sea Grant’s research, education and outreach projects focus on current issues affecting North Carolina ecosystems and economies. Since 1970, the program has been a valued resource for scientists, educators, local officials, government agencies, coastal businesses and the public to find unbiased, scientifically sound information across a broad portfolio. Our initiatives result in tangible impacts over a range of topics, including fisheries, seafood science and technology, water quality, aquaculture, community development, law and policy, and marine education. North Carolina Sea Grant takes a multidisciplinary approach to issues such as adaptation to changing climate and coastal hazards. Headquartered at North Carolina State University, the inter-institutional program within the University of North Carolina system also has offices in Manteo, Morehead City and Wilmington.
S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, a university-based state agency, develops and supports integrated research, education, and outreach programs that provide future economic opportunities, improve social well-being of citizens, and ensure wise use of coastal and ocean natural resources. The Consortium is a member of the nationwide network of 33 Sea Grant Programs which are part of the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP), U.S. Department of Commerce. The Consortium was the first Sea Grant program to receive an award in 2006 from the NSGCP and the NOAA Climate Program Office to support coastal climate extension efforts, which continue today as a partnership with the NSGCP, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, and the NOAA-funded Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments program at the University of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.scseagrant.org.
North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute
WRRI supports statewide research and outreach efforts related to water resources. Housed at North Carolina State University, we conduct training workshops, forums, and seminars with government agencies, academic institutions, and other state and local organizations. Additionally, we fund an annual research proposal competition and sponsor an annual water research conference.
The Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA; pronounced “SEE-sah”) is one of eleven NOAA-funded Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) teams working to integrate climate science into decision-making processes. CISA researchers, collaborating investigators, and graduate students conduct applied climate research in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders across the Carolinas.
CISA's work includes several cross-cutting activities that seek to advance scientific understanding of climate and hydrological processes in the Carolinas, improve the assessment of climate-related vulnerabilities and impacts, and provide timely and relevant information and tools for decision makers.
Learn more about the CISA team and their work at www.cisa.sc.edu.
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