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September 12–14, 2016 | Charlotte, NC

Preliminary Agenda for the 2016 Conference

Presentation formats at the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference are designed to allow for more discussion and audience interaction. Sessions include presentations in various formats. The symbol by each presentation title indicates the presentation format, corresponding to the key below. More information about the different formats can be found on the Program page. A PDF version of the conference agenda can be found here.

Presentation Types

poster   Illustrated Presentations
tool   Tool Demonstration
What's Going On   What's Going On?

Sharing Lessons   Sharing Lessons Learned
Connections   Connecting the Dots
Ask a Climatologist   Ask a Climatologist
 

 

Monday, September 12, 2016

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM    Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop A

Inclusive Climate Adaptation and Resilience Building
  • Jacqui Patterson — NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
  • Ronny Bell — Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest
  • Reverend Leo Woodberry — Woodberry & Associates, Pastor at Kingdom Living Temple, Florence, SC

Workshop B

Climate Communications in the Carolinas

12:00 Noon – 7:00 PM
Exhibits Open

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Welcome — Kirstin Dow, CISA
Opening Remarks — Rob Phocas, City of Charlotte Energy and Sustainability Manager
Opening Remarks — Linda Rimer, EPA Region IV Liaison for Climate Resilience
Climate in the Carolinas — Deke Arndt, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Keynote Address —Former US Representative Bob Inglis, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM    Break

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Session A

Ask a Climatologist, Part I
  • 2:45–3:15 Ryan Boyles – State Climate Office of North Carolina   What's Going On? session
  • 3:15–3:45 Greg Carbone – University of South Carolina, CISA   What's Going On? session

Session B

Working Together for Climate Resilience: Linking Local Planning Efforts, Part I
  • 2:45–3:15 Session Overview – Linda Rimer   What's Going On? session
  • 3:15–3:45 A Controlled Burn Approach to Stimulate Change – Alba Polonkey   What's Going On? session

Session C

Teaching Effective Climate Communication Strategies, Part I
  • 2:45–3:15 Effective Strategies for Communicating Risk – Chris Mack   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 3:15–3:45 The Climate Communication Challenge – Stephanie Fauver   Sharing Lessons Learned talk

Session D

Integrating Climate into Conservation & Natural Resources Management, Part I
  • 2:45–3:15 Coastal Vulnerability Assessments for National Park Service Infrastructure: Examples in the Carolinas – Blair Tormey   What's Going On? session
  • 3:15–3:45 The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats – Jennifer Plunkett   What's Going On? session

Session E

Sea Level Rise Solutions for Communities in the Carolinas, Part I
  • 2:45–3:15 Community Leadership in Planning for Sea Level Rise – Liz Fly  Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 3:15–3:45 Deadline Data Determination: Sea Level Rise and Resilience in Charleston, SC – Carolee Williams   Sharing Lessons Learned talk

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM    Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Session A

Ask a Climatologist, Part II
  • 4:00–4:30 Chip Konrad – Southeast Regional Climate Center, CISA   What's Going On? session
  • 4:30–5:00 Hope Mizzell – SC State Climatology Office   What's Going On? session

Session B

Working Together for Climate Resilience: Linking Local Planning Efforts, Part II
  • 4:00–4:30 Leveraging University Resources to Integrate Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation in the Eno-Haw Region – Sierra Woodruff   What's Going On? session
  • 4:30–5:00 Maintaining Military Missions: Coordinated Approach to Sea Level Rise Infrastructure Impacts – Ginnie Kozak   What's Going On? session

Session C

Teaching Effective Climate Communication Strategies, Part II
  • 4:00–4:30 The Science of Science Denial and How to Debunk Climate Myths – Michelle LaRocco   What's Going On? session
  • 4:30–5:00 Building Resilience in Agriculture and Forestry: A Regional Extension Perspective – Leslie Boby   Sharing Lessons Learned talk

Session D

Integrating Climate into Conservation & Natural Resources Management, Part II
  • 4:00–4:30 The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint: From Planning to Action – Hilary Morris   What's Going On? session
  • 4:30–5:00 Hopeful Solutions for North Carolina's Birds in the Face of Climate Change – Greg Andeck   What's Going On? session

Session E

Sea Level Rise Solutions for Communities in the Carolinas, Part II
  • 4:00–4:30 Community Resilience: Understanding Infrastructure Vulnerability– Phil Prete   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 4:30–5:00 Next Steps in Climate Adaptation in Nags Head, NC – Holly White   Sharing Lessons Learned talk

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM
Evening Reception

 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Exhibits Open

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Welcome — Kirstin Dow, CISA
Morning Plenary: Water Resources and Climate Resilience
Edward D. Bruce, P.E. — Lead Engineer, Duke Energy
Sydney Miller — Water Resources Planning Manager, Department of Water Management, City of Durham, NC
Eric McClam — Co-Owner, Farm Manager; City Roots
Maria Whitehead — Director of Landscape Conservation Projects, SC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM    Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

Session A

Tool Demonstrations: Community Resilience
  • The Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) Demonstration: An Enterprise Approach to Strengthen Climate Resiliency and Capacity  – Annette Hollingshead   Tool Demonstration session
  • Tools for Building Community Climate Resilience Through Public-Private Partnerships  – Jeff Hicks   Tool Demonstration session
  • Mapping the Health Impact  – Sara Smith, Kelly Squires  Tool Demonstration session
  • Data and Tools for Integrating Climate Adaptation Assessments and Hazard Mitigation Plans  – Susan Cutter   Tool Demonstration session
  • EnviroAtlas: A Spatially Explicit Tool Combining Climate Change Scenarios and Ecosystem Services Indicators  – Megan Mehaffey   Tool Demonstration session

Session B

Climate Change and Public Health Impacts
  • 10:30–11:00 The Public Health Impacts of Climate Change – Laura Wenzel   What's Going On? session
  • 11:00–11:30 A Public Health Risk Assessment of Vulnerable Water Infrastructure in Coastal Cities – Armon Hanks   What's Going On? session
  • 11:30–12:00 The Heat Health Vulnerability Tool – Ashley Ward   What's Going On? session

Session C

Incorporating Climate into Water Supply Planning
  • 10:30–11:00 Modeling and Optimizing Multi-Reservoir System for Savannah River Basin under Changing Climates – Yi Xuan   What's Going On? session
  • 11:00–11:30 Developing Information for Integration of Climate Change in Long-Term Water Supply Planning – Aashka Patel   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 11:30–12:00 Are Water and Wastewater Utilities Ready for Climate Change? – Katie Connolly   Connecting the Dots session

Session D

Working Land Management Tools for Use in a Changing Climate
  • 10:30–10:50 What, When, Where and What Now: Changing Climate Email Alerts – Jennifer Moore Myers   Connecting the Dots session
  • 10:50–11:10 Towards Integrating Agricultural Land Adaptation and Conservation Planning – Aurelia Baca  What's Going On? session
  • 11:10–11:30 Building a Climate Smart Mobile Application for Foresters: The Service Forester's Mobile Application Toolkit Version 2 – Bill Hubbard   What's Going On? session
  • 11:30–11:50 Southeast Agriculture Adaptation Workbook: A Hands-On Tool for Extension Agents, Land Managers and Growers – John Lee   What's Going On? session
  • 11:50–12:00 Discussion / Q&A  Discussion and Q&A

Session E

Panel Discussion: Mobilizing the Charleston Resilience Network
  • Dan Burger – SC DHEC Office of Coastal Resources Management   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • Rick Devoe – SC Sea Grant   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • Mark Wilbert – City of Charleston   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • Liz Fly – SC Sea Grant   Sharing Lessons Learned talk

12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Session A

Tool Demonstrations: Coastal Climate
  • MyCoast: South Carolina - Enhancing Awareness of Coastal Hazards Through Citizen Engagement  – Liz Hartje   Tool Demonstration session
  • Using Maps to Build Coastal Resilience  – Stephanie Fauver   Tool Demonstration session
  • North Carolina Coastal Resilience Tool: Applications for Identifying Nature-Based Solutions  – Lora Eddy   Tool Demonstration session
  • Coastal South Carolina Water Monitoring Locations: A Visualization and Access Portal  – Andrea Sassard   Tool Demonstration session

Session B

Climate Communications through Film
  • 1:30–2:00 Changing Expectations: Using Film to Help Hyde County Residents Prepare for Floods  – Daniel Brinn  Sharing Lessons
  • 2:00–2:30 Putting Climate in Context through Local Videos  – Greg Carbone  Sharing Lessons
  • 2:30–3:00 Communicating Climate in the Carolinas through the Power of Film: a Mini-Film Festival  – David Salvesen  Sharing Lessons

Session C

Tailoring Climate Data and Information for the End User
  • 1:30–2:00 Success Stories on User-Engagement with NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Data – Amanda Rycerz   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 2:00–2:30 Climate Uncertainty for Coastal and Estuarine Environments – Geneva Gray   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 2:30–3:00 Building, Evaluating, and Sharing Climate-Based Decision Support for Professional Foresters – Heather Aldridge   Sharing Lessons Learned talk

Session D

Fostering Resilience through Stakeholder Collaboration
  • 1:30–2:00 Development of a Groundbreaking Sea Level Strategy Plan for the City of Charleston – Robert Osborne   What's Going On? session
  • 2:00–2:30 Jobs, Forests, & Rivers - Accomplishing Climate Change Resiliency in Rural NC Through Model Forest Policy Tools – Jenny Edwards   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 2:30–3:00 Climate Change Resilience Planning at the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site – David Werth   What's Going On? session

Session E

Strategies for Protecting Coastal Communities
  • 1:30–2:00 Evaluating Living Shorelines in South Carolina – Blaik Keppler   What's Going On? session
  • 2:00–2:30 The South Carolina Stormwater Ponds Research and Management Collaborative – Rick DeVoe   What's Going On? session
  • 2:30–3:00 Building Resilience through the Community Rating System: Using Sea Grant Resources to Assist Local Communities – Madeleine Russell   What's Going On? session

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM    Break

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Session A

Tool Demonstrations: Natural Resources Management
  • NC State Climate Office Integrated Water Portal  – Rebecca Ward   Tool Demonstration session
  • Climate Voyager: A Web-Based Visualization System for Future Climate Projections  – Heather Aldridge   Tool Demonstration session
  • Explore the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint  – Hilary Morris   Tool Demonstration session
  • Incorporating Climate Change into Conservation Planning: An Approach and Tools You Can Use  – Bethney Ward   Tool Demonstration session

Session B

Overcoming Climate Skepticism
  • 3:30–4:00 Citizen Direct Congressional Lobbying for Climate Solutions – Donald Addu   What's Going On? session
  • 4:00–4:30 Public Support for Climate Change Adaptation Among SC's Coastal Residents – Matthew Nowlin   What's Going On? session
  • 4:30–5:00 Constraints to Implementing Sea Level Rise Mitigation Strategies in Rural Eastern NC – Christine Avenarius   What's Going On? session

Session C

Ask the Audience: What are Your Climate Data & Information Needs
  • 3:30–4:00 NOAA's State Climate Summaries for the National Climate Assessment – Laura Stevens  What's Going On? session
  • 4:00–4:30 Shaken or Stirred: How Do You Want Your Climate Data? – Jared Rennie   Connecting the Dots session
  • 4:30–5:00 Sharing Statewide Climate Expertise Through North Carolina's Climate Blog – Corey Davis   Connecting the Dots session

Session D

Climate Adaptation Case Studies for Local Governments
  • 3:30–4:00 The Application of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and its “Five Steps to Resilience” to Support Municipal Planning – Matt Hutchins   What's Going On? session
  • 4:00–4:30 Helping Local Governments Take the Lead on Sea Level Rise Adaptation – Skip Stiles   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 4:30–5:00 Planning for an Unknowable Future: Uncertainty in Climate Change Adaptation Planning – Sierra Woodruff   What's Going On? session

Session E

The Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise & Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project
  • 3:30–3:50 Session Overview – Emily Steinhilber   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 3:50–4:10 Legal Lessons from an Intergovernmental Approach – Emily Steinhilber  Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 4:10–4:30 Hampton Roads Infrastructure Planning Challenges – Carol Considine   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 4:30–4:50 What is a "Whole of Community" approach to Planning for Adaptation? – Michelle Covi   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 4:50–5:00 Discussion / Q&A Discussion / Q&A

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Exhibits Open

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Session A

Illustrated Presentations (Decision Support, Coastal Resilience Tools)
  • Best Practices for Accessing and Interpreting Climate Projections at Local Scales – Heather Aldridge   Poster talk
  • The State of Climate-Informed Water Resources Action in the Southeast and Caribbean – Whitney Reynier   Poster talk
  • Gridded Fire Danger Estimates for Spatially Continuous Fire Risk Monitoring – Corey Davis   Poster talk
  • Spatial Visualization of Historical Drought Impact on Agriculture in North and South Carolina – Junyu Lu   Poster talk
  • Developing a Coastal Resiliency Assessment for North Carolina's Cape Fear River Basin – Greg Dobson, Ian Johnson, & Kim Rhodes   Poster talk
  • Using 3D GIS Visualization to Communicate Flood Risk and Climate Change Information in Coastal Communities – Greg Dobson   Poster talk
  • A Coastal Flood Climatology for the Lowcountry – Joseph Coz   Poster talk
  • Averting Disaster: Strategies to Avoid, Respond, and Plan for Major Floods in Coastal South Carolina – Bridget Callahan-Lussier   Poster talk

Session B

Climate Education for the Next Generation
  • 8:30–9:00 From Conversation to Action: Motivating Adolescents Towards Climate Change Mitigation Behaviors – Rene Valdez   What's Going On? session
  • 9:00–9:30 Engaging University Students as Stakeholders in Climate Change – Brian Magi   What's Going On? session
  • 9:30–10:00 Lessons from Lessons: Making Climate Impact Videos with Ninth Grade World Geography Students – David Shelley   Sharing Lessons Learned talk

Session C

The October 2015 Flood: New Information to Understand the Historic Event
  • 8:30–8:50 The Flood of October 2015 and Other Major Floods in South Carolina – Toby Feaster   What's Going On? session
  • 8:50–9:10 How Extreme was the October 2015 Precipitation Event in South Carolina – Greg Carbone   What's Going On? session
  • 9:10–9:30 Online Interactive Journal Outlines 2015 South Carolina Historic Rain and Flooding – Hope Mizzell   What's Going On? session
  • 9:30–9:50 October 2015 Flood: Response & Recovery – Maria Lamm  What's Going On? session
  • 9:50–10:00 Discussion / Q&A Discussion / Q&A

Session D

Insurance, Hedges, Markets, and Adapting to Climate Change
  • 8:30–9:00 Climate Risk, Insurance, and Reinsurance – Victor Flatt   What's Going On? session
  • 9:00–9:30 The Potential for Water Hedging to Increase Resilience – Greg Characklis   What's Going On? session
  • 9:30–10:00 Resilience From Environmental and Energy Markets – Victor Flatt, Heather Payne   What's Going On? session

Session E

Vulnerability at the "Edge of the Earth"
  • 8:30–9:00 Community Flood Resilience Planning in Hyde County, NC – Daniel Brinn  Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 9:00–9:30 Rural Coastal Community Resilience: Adapting to Rising Seas and Salinization on the Albemarle Pamlico Peninsula – Matthew Jurjonas   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 9:30–10:00 Adaptation Planning in the Outer Banks: Overcoming Barriers in a Multiple Decision-Maker Environment – Holly White  Sharing Lessons Learned talk

Session F

Building Resilience and Climate Adaptation with Clean Energy
  • 8:30–9:00 Lights Out? Climate Impacts, Blackouts, and How Clean Energy Can Help – Steve Clemmer   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 9:00–9:30 Wind Power: Keeping the Lights On – Simon Mahan   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 9:30–10:00 How Solar + Energy Storage Builds Resilience – Todd Olinsky-Paul  Sharing Lessons Learned talk

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM    Break

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Session A

Illustrated Presentations (Climate Perceptions & Resilience Strategies, Hydrological Extremes & Impacts)
  • Climate Change Risk Perceptions and Household-Level Adaptive Capacity of Citizens in a Landlocked City in North Carolina  – Katheryn Selm   Poster talk
  • Rural Coastal Communities: Adapting to Sea Level Rise with a Changing Economy – Matthew Jurjonas   Poster talk
  • Business Owner Perceptions of Economic, Social and Environmental Vulnerability: The Case for Ecosystem Services in Coastal Communities – Priscilla Morris   Poster talk
  • Financing Stormwater Resilience: How Energy Efficiency Can Inform Decision Making for GSI – Kendall Starkman   Poster talk
  • Using Climate Variability to Predict Precipitation at Various Time Scales throughout the Carolinas – Jason Giovannettone   Poster talk
  • Long-Term Quantification of Extreme Precipitation in Relation with Tropical and Extra-Tropical Cyclonic Activity over the Carolinas – Olivier Prat   Poster talk
  • Impact of Precipitation on Motor Vehicle Fatalities in the Carolinas – Scott Stevens   Poster talk
  • Analysis of Soil Moisture Metrics to Assess Societal Risks to Hydrological Extremes – Ronald Leeper   Poster talk

Session B

Visualizing Climate Impacts on the Web
  • 10:15–10:45 The Emperor’s New Clothes: Redressing the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit – Nina Flagler Hall, Carolina Dougherty  Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 10:45–11:15 Communicating the Risk of Tropical Storm Surge to the Public in Charleston, SC – Lee Lindner   What's Going On? session
  • 11:15–11:45 Making the Invisible Visible Using Tools, Science, and Art – Terry Lansdell   What's Going On? session

Session C

Drought Impacts Monitoring in the Carolinas
  • 10:15–10:45 Measuring Drought – Rebecca Ward, Mike Moneypenny  Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 10:45–11:15 Hydrologic Record Extension of Salinity Data to Evaluate Long-Term Coastal Drought Conditions – Paul Conrads   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 11:15–11:45 Obtaining Drought Information – Rebecca Ward, Corey Davis, Mike Moneypenny  Connecting the Dots session

Session D

Increasing Resilience through Disaster Recovery
  • 10:15–10:45 Buy-In for Buyouts: Buyout Best Practices and Their Implications for Hazard Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation – Ashton Rohmer   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 10:45–11:15 Disaster Resilience Scorecard: A Tool to Support Community Preparedness and Resiliency – Kerri Hartung   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 11:15–11:45 Enhancing Resilience and Long-Term Recovery Planning through Multi-State Regional Partnerships – Kristine Cherry   What's Going On? session

Session E

Designing Infrastructure for an Uncertain Climate Future
  • 10:15–10:45 The Effect of Inclusion of Sea Level Rise on the Evolution of Roadway Design Modeling – Paul Carroll   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 10:45–11:15 Urban Heat Island and Urban Form in Durham, North Carolina and Levers for Change – Elizabeth Doran   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 11:15–11:45 Perspective Matters: Three-Dimensionally Visualizing Projected Sea Level Rise for Charleston, SC  – David Treadaway & Kelsey McLellan   Tool Demonstration session

Session F

Adaptation Support for Energy Utilities: Needs, Data, and Case Studies
  • 10:15–10:35 Key Findings from Engagement with the Utility Sector – Jenny Dissen   What's Going On? session
  • 10:35–10:55 Utility Adaptation Case Study for the Carolinas Region – Terry Thompson   What's Going On? session
  • 10:55–11:15 Demonstration of the Texas Water Simulator – Paul Faeth   What's Going On? session
  • 11:15–11:35 Accelerating Climate Services for Utilities – James McMahon   Sharing Lessons Learned talk
  • 11:35–11:45 Discussion / Q&A Discussion / Q&A

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Lunch Break

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch/Closing Plenary: Climate Communications in the Carolinas
Susan Joy Hassol — Climate Communication
Greg Fishel — Chief Meteorologist, WRAL Raleigh
Jim Gandy — Chief Meteorologist, WLTX Columbia
David Salvesen — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute for the Environment

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