Jim Gandy. Closing Plenary: Climate Change Communications in the Carolinas
Jim Gandy brings over 38 years of experience as a professional meteorologist to News 19 and has been a major force in South Carolina weather forecasting for 29 years. In 1974, Jim graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Meteorology. He continued his education from 1992 to 1997 by doing postgraduate work in Atmospheric Science at the University of South Carolina. In June 1984, Jim joined WIS-TV in Columbia as Chief Meteorologist. Then in 1998 he joined Gannett Television, where he worked as a meteorological consultant with the weather staffs of the company’s 22-station broadcast group. He returned to Columbia in 1999 to become the Chief Meteorologist at WLTX-TV which is owned by Gannett. Jim recently partnered with the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and Climate Central to develop a program called Climate Matters. Gandy also received the 2013 Award for Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist for Climate Matters. He also writes a blog entitled Weather & Climate Matter.
Allison Hardin. Opening Plenary: Local Actions to Enhance Climate Resilience in the Carolinas.
Getting Your Community on the Climate Train
Allison Hardin, CFM works for the City of Myrtle Beach as a city planner. Her 22-year career includes experience with regional and urban planning, GIS mapping and coordination, floodplain management, hazard mitigation planning, business continuity and emergency services. She has been a longstanding partner in and supporter of NOAA's Digital Coast project; served as chair of both the SC Association for Hazard Mitigation and state Arc GIS group; and recently completed six years as a co-chair for the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM) Coastal Issues subcommittee. In 2012, Hardin was part of the stakeholder meetings for mitigation framework of Presidential Policy Directive #8, a declaration by the White House to find ways to help make all citizens better prepared for, and resilient after, disasters. Later that year she received the Award for Planning Awareness by the SC chapter of the American Planning Association for her work to promote resilient community practices. She recently partnered with the University of Hawaii's National Disaster Preparedness Training Center to instruct local government officials in Coastal Community Resilience awareness and Coastal Flood Risk Reduction.
Kathy Jacobs. Tuesday Keynote Address.
Third National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States
Katharine Jacobs is the Director of the new Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) at the University of Arizona, where she is also a faculty member. CCASS supports climate change adaptation and assessment activities at regional, national and international scales. For the last four years, Jacobs worked in the White House as Director of the National Climate Assessment, leading a team of 300 authors and thousands of contributors. She also was the lead advisor on water science and policy, and climate adaptation. Prior to her work in DC, Jacobs was the Executive Director of the Arizona Water Institute. She has more than twenty years of experience as a water manager for the State of Arizona. Ms. Jacobs earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Frank Knapp. Opening Plenary: Local Actions to Enhance Climate Resilience in the Carolinas
Frank Knapp, Jr., co-founded The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce in February of 2000. He serves as the president and CEO of the 5000+ member statewide advocacy organization that has taken a leadership role in making South Carolina more small-business friendly in areas such as taxation, regulation, worker training, energy/conservation and economic development. Under his leadership, the Small Business Chamber has long supported federal efforts to reduce carbon emissions and transition to a clean energy economy. He was tapped by the Environmental Defense Fund for a national TV ad on the latter issue. He led his chamber’s successful opposition to a new coal-fired plant and to be the first South Carolina business organization to hold small business conferences on climate change. Mr. Knapp’s opinion editorials in support of conservation and renewable energy have appeared in newspapers throughout the state. In 2013 the Small Business Chamber launched the South Carolina Businesses Acting on Rising Seas (SCBARS.org) project to educate small business owners and tourists about the dangers of sea level rise. Mr. Knapp also serves as co-chair of the American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund. He is also president of his advertising/public relations company, The Knapp Agency, and hosts a daily talk-radio show in Columbia. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Phil Prete. Opening Plenary: Local Actions to Enhance Climate Resilience in the Carolinas.
Community Resilience in an Uncertain Future
Philip Prete is the City of Wilmington’s Senior Environmental Planner in charge of Environmental and Geospatial Planning. Before beginning as Wilmington’s first Environmental Planner in 2003, he was the Environmental Planner for the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina. Prior to his work in local government, he worked in environmental program enforcement for state agencies in North Carolina and Texas and as an environmental consultant to public and private sector clients. Phil has an M.S. in Biology (Ecology) from North Texas State University and an M.S.P.H. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has over 30 years experience in the environmental field and was first certified as a Registered Environmental Professional (R.E.P.) in 1992 by the National Registry of Environmental Professionals.
David Shelley. Closing Plenary: Climate Change Communications in the Carolinas
The Climate Change Song
Dr. David C. Shelley is the Education Coordinator at the Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center at Congaree National Park. David is a proud product of the Greenville, SC public school system and holds several advanced degrees in geology including a B.S. in Geology from Furman University, an M.S. in geology from New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. His dissertation focused on the geology and geomorphology of the Congaree River Valley. Throughout his academic education David has always maintained an interest in science outreach, and as education coordinator he has focused heavily on science communication and interpretation, climate change, K12 frameworks and standards, floodplain system science, and environmental history.
Kelly Spratt. Closing Plenary: Climate Change Communications in the Carolinas
Putting Knowledge into Action
Kelly Spratt serves as the Local Government Outreach Coordinator for Georgia Sea Grant and the UGA Marine Extension Service. Her primary role is to assist coastal governments in planning for hazards, community resiliency, and sustainable development tool implementation. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from UGA and a Master’s degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University. Kelly has served as a local elected official on the Georgia coast since 2006. She has helped to implement development standards, conservation zoning codes and professional government. Kelly also serves on the Coastal Regional Commission, the Coastal Advisory Council, the McIntosh County Board of Health, the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia’s Legislative Advisory Committee on Environmental Policy and Natural Resources, and was appointed to the State E-911 Board by Governor Purdue. She lives in Darien, GA with her family.
Skip Stiles. Opening Plenary: Local Actions to Enhance Climate Resilience in the Carolinas
Local Actions to Enhance Climate Resilience - Advocacy Needs
William A. (Skip) Stiles, Jr. is executive director of Wetlands Watch, a statewide nonprofit environmental group based in Norfolk, VA. In this position he has been involved in sea level rise adaptation work at the community level for over 7 years. Prior to his present position, Mr. Stiles worked as a private consultant and served 22 years in Congress in a variety of senior staff positions. He served on the Virginia Climate Change Commission, is vice-president of the Virginia Conservation Network (a statewide coalition of 120+ environmental groups), and teaches a graduate class in public policy at Old Dominion University. He lives in Norfolk, VA, and is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.
Tim Watkins. Closing Plenary: Climate Change Communications in the Carolinas
Climate Change and National Parks
Tim Watkins is the Science and Education Coordinator for the National Park Service’s Climate Change Response Program. His principal interests and activities over the course of his career have focused on improving public STEM literacy. His mission is to apply institutional resources to engage diverse public audiences, particularly under-represented ones, in science activities. In his current position, he has helped lead the NPS’s work in climate change communication by producing short-format videos that explicitly address the science of climate change in national parks, coordinating a phenology citizen science program along the Appalachian Trail, and collaborating with partners to engage local communities in climate change communication and adaptation. He lives and works in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Jessica Whitehead. Closing Plenary: Climate Change Communications in the Carolinas
What gives you hope?
Jessica Whitehead (Ph.D., Geography, Penn State University) is the coastal communities hazards adaptation specialist for NC Sea Grant. Whitehead has developed coastal climate outreach programs along both the North and South Carolina coasts. Her efforts include conducting needs assessments and providing stakeholders, government agencies, and the public with tailored, relevant information about the impacts of climate variability and long-term climate change on coastal areas. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Vulnerability and Consequences Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS) process in the Carolinas, working closely with small communities to identify long-term adaptation solutions.
Boby, Leslie, William Hubbard, Mark Megalos, and Heather Dinon Aldridge. Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation and Adaptation Project (PINEMAP) — An Interdisciplinary Project Tackling Forestry Challenges from Climate Change. Abstract. Presentation.
Boyles, Ryan. What Drives Climate in the Carolinas? Abstract.
Brosius Ashley, and Michael Craghan. "Being Prepared for Climate Change" Adaptation Workbook. Tool Demonstration Abstract.
Brown, Frank. LID Concepts Used in Existing Developments, Stream Banks, Storms Drains, Cisterns. Poster Abstract.
Carbone, Greg. 2014 El Nino Forecast. Presentation.
Cook, Kacy, Jeff Marcus, and Brooke Massa. North Carolina's Green Growth Toolbox: Wildlife & Natural Resource Stewardship in Land Use Planning. Tool Demonstration Abstract.
Cumbie, Rebecca, John McGuire, Aaron Sims, Ashley Hiatt, Ryan Boyles, John Nielson-Gammon, and Brent McRoberts. Identifying Drought Conditions in Your Backyard. Tool Demonstration Abstract.
Dinon Aldridge, Heather, Leslie Boby, Ryan Boyles, Corey Davis, William Hubbard, Mark Megalos, and Eric Taylor. PINEMAP Decision Support System: What Is It and What Can It Do for You? Tool Demonstration Abstract.
Emrich, Chris. Identifying Long-Term Recovery Trends for Hurricane Impact Zones: Spatial Perspectives on Rebuilding in Coastal Areas. Abstract.
Emrich, Chris. Utilizing Social Vulnerability to Contextualize Potential Climate Impacts. Tool Demonstration Abstract.
Gandy, Jim, Edward Maibach, Xiaoquan Zhao, Joe Witte, Heidi Cullen, Barry Klinger, Katherine Rowan, James Witte, and Andrew Pyle. Climate Change Education through TV Weathercasts: Results of a Field Experiment. Abstract. Presentation.
Gullet, Barry, Kevin Mosteller, Mary Knosby, Jeff Lineberger, Jimmy Bagley, Kevin Greer, and Mike Bailes. Defining and Enhancing the Safe Yield of Multi-Use, Multi-Reservoir Systems. Abstract. Presentation.
Konrad, Chip. Climate Perspectives: A Web-Based Tool for Assessing the State of the Climate Across the Southeast U.S. Presentation.
Mallard, Megan, Chris Nolte, Russell Bullock, Tanya Spero, Jerry Herwehe, and Kiran Alapaty. Developing Model Techniques Applicable for Simulating Future Climate Conditions in the Carolinas. Abstract. Presentation.
Mizzell, Hope. 2013 Rains that Washed the Drought Away. Presentation.
Prat, Olivier, Ronald Leeper, Brian Blanton. Comparison of Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model-Simulated Tropical Cyclones and Multi-Sensor Precipitation Estimates over the Carolinas. Abstract. Poster.
Score, Alex, Rachel Gregg, Jessica Hitt, and Whitney Reynier. The State of Adaptation: Assessing Climate Adaptation Activities Through a Sustained Research Initiative. Poster Abstract.
Silva, Raquel, Jason West, Yuqiang Zhang, Susan Anenberg, Jean-Francois Lamarque, and Drew Shindell. Impact of Climate Change on Global Premature Mortality from Outdoor Air Pollution. Abstract. Presentation.
Spero, Tanya, Christopher Nolte, Kiran Alapaty, O. Russell Bullock, Megan Mallard, Jerold Herwehe, and Jared Bowden. Downscaled Regional Climate Information for the Southeastern US. Abstract. Presentation.
Treasure, Emrys, Steve McNulty, Lisa Jennings, Jennifer Moore Myers, and Mary Morrison. The Climate Is Changing: TACCIMO Is Changing Our Approach to Forest Management. Tool Demonstration Abstract.
West Jason, Steven Smith, Raquel Silva, Vaishali Naik, Yuqiang Zhang, Zachariah Adelman, Meredith Fry, Susan Anenberg, Larry Horowitz, and Jean-Francois Lamarque. Co-Benefits of Mitigating Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Future Air Quality and Human Health. Abstract. Presentation.
Woodruff, Sierra, and Phil Berke. An Evaluation of Local Planning for Sea Level Rise. Poster Abstract.
Wootten, Adrienne, Kara Smith, Ryan Boyles, Adam Terando, Lydia Stefanova, Vasu Misra, Tom Smith, David Blodgett, and Frederick Semazzi. The Ins and Outs of Downscaled Climate Projections in the Carolinas. Abstract. Poster.