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September 12–14, 2016 | Charlotte, NC

Speakers for the 2016 Conference


Plenary Speakers

Deke Arndt
Climate in the Carolinas, Monday
Deke Arndt is the Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina. The Branch analyzes and reports the status of the Earth’s climate system and puts today's climate and weather events into historical perspective. These events range from large global phenomena like global temperature (“global warming”) to regional events like drought. Deke was a lead editor for the last seven editions of The State of the Climate, an annual supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This series features input and analysis from roughly 450 authors and editors in more than 60 countries. He serves on the World Meteorological Organization's Expert Team for the Training of Meteorologists in Climate Services. Prior to NCEI, he spent 15 years at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, as the Associate State Climatologist and the program manager for its public safety outreach program. Deke holds a B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Presentation

Edward Bruce, P.E.
Diverse Perspectives on Water Resources & Climate Resilience, Tuesday
Ed Bruce has worked at Duke Energy for his entire career, spanning 36 years. He worked in Nuclear Civil/Structural design the first five years, 2 years in Fossil Structural design, and 2 years in Hydroelectric Civil Design working on one of Duke Energy's pumped storage projects. Since 1988, he has been in the Hydro Licensing and Water Resources area, focusing on Duke Energy reservoirs in the Carolinas. Ed is currently responsible for water resource planning for Duke Energy in the Carolinas, including implementing the basin-wide drought management protocols developed for the Catawba-Wateree Project and the Keowee-Toxaway Project, and other water resource issues related to Duke’s operations in the Carolinas.
    Ed graduated from Clemson University in 1980 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in North and South Carolina. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Presentation

Greg Fishel
Climate Communications in the Carolinas, Wednesday
Greg Fishel received his BS in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1979. He began his television career at WMDT in Salisbury, MD in 1980 then moved to WRAL, Raleigh in June 1981. He is currently the Chief Meteorologist for Capitol Broadcasting, Co. and conducts 3 television weathercasts daily on WRAL-TV and 5 radio weathercasts daily on MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM. Greg is an active member of the American Meteorological Society and Chair of the Advisory Board for the State Climate Office of North Carolina. He is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in broadcast meteorology including the 2016 Radio Television Digital News Association Regional Murrow Award for Best News Documentary for “Exploring Climate Change.”

Jim Gandy
Climate Communications in the Carolinas, Wednesday
Jim Gandy has been a professional meteorologist for over 40 years and has been a major force in South Carolina weather forecasting for 32 years. In 1974, Jim graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Meteorology and did postgraduate work in Atmospheric Science at the University of South Carolina from 1992 to 1997. His current position is that of Chief Meteorologist at WLTX-TV in Columbia, SC which is owned by Tegna. Jim partnered with the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and Climate Central in 2009 to develop a program called Climate Matters which is in its sixth year. He received the 2013 Award for Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist for Climate Matters from the American Meteorological Society. He writes a blog entitled Weather & Climate Matter and has recently expanded Climate Matters to Facebook & Twitter under Jim Gandy WLTX.

Susan Joy Hassol
Climate Communications in the Carolinas, Wednesday
Susan Joy Hassol is a climate change communicator, analyst, and author known for her ability to translate science into English, making complex issues accessible to policymakers and the public for 25 years. Susan is the Director of Climate Communication, a non-profit project that helps scientists communicate more effectively and provides information to journalists, policymakers, teachers, and others. She has written and edited numerous high-level reports, testified before Congress, written an HBO documentary, addressed many influential groups, and appeared on national media. Susan was the Senior Science Writer and communication strategist on all three U.S. National Climate Assessments. She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012 for her exceptional contributions to the communication of climate change science to policymakers and the public.

Bob Inglis
Keynote Address, Monday
Bob Inglis was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. He represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 1993-1998, unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings in 1998, and then returned to the practice of commercial real estate law in Greenville, S.C. In 2004, he was re-elected to Congress and served until losing re-election in the South Carolina Republican primary of 2010.
    In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012. E&EI supports an online community of energy optimists and climate realists at You can say you’re “En” on free enterprise solutions to climate change at
    For his work on climate change Inglis was given the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Eric McClam
Diverse Perspectives on Water Resources & Climate Resilience, Tuesday
Eric McClam first pursued a career as an architect before coming home to Columbia to start City Roots urban farm.  City Roots, located in Columbia, is South Carolina’s first urban farm and is USDA Certified Organic.  Through its unique location, City Roots has produced a highly diverse farming model that includes the production of over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables, bee keeping, composting, chickens, aquaponics, culinary mushrooms, microgreen production, renewable energy, education and agritourism.  The farm has blossomed into a community hub that hosts on farm Harvest Dinners, cultural festivals, and private events. City Roots has won numerous national awards for its environmental stewardship and educational programs. Presentation

Sydney Miller
Diverse Perspectives on Water Resources & Climate Resilience, Tuesday
Sydney Paul Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University in 1988 and a Master of Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina in 1997. In between his studies at the two universities, he served in the 101st Airborne Division in the Persian Gulf War and destroyed chemical weapons on Johnston Atoll. He worked at the NC Division of Water Resources when it was small, but left to manage the water resources program at the Triangle J Council of Governments in 2001. He was then lured to the Town of Cary in 2010 where he worked as the Town’s first water resources engineer. Sydney began managing water resources planning for the City of Durham’s Department of Water Management in April of 2016. Sydney has lived in Old West Durham since 2000 with his wife, joined 7 years ago by their daughter. Presentation

Dr. David Salvesen
Climate Communications in the Carolinas, Wednesday
Dr. David Salvesen is currently the Deputy Director of the Center for Sustainable Community Design at the University of North Carolina’s Institute for the Environment.  His research focuses on land use policies, issues and trends and their impact on the environment and the quality and character of communities.  David teaches courses on sustainability and directs the Sustainable Triangle Field Site at UNC.  He has over 15 years of experience in land use planning and analysis, with a particular interest in exploring how communities can grow in ways that are sustainable and grounded in processes that are inclusive, equitable, and collaborative.  He received his BS in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University, an MS in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Maria Whitehead
Diverse Perspectives on Water Resources & Climate Resilience, Tuesday
Maria Whitehead obtained her Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Clemson University in 2003, and her Masters of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Management from the University of Georgia in 1999. She now serves as the Project Director for one of The Nature Conservancy’s landscape-conservation projects within the Winyah Bay and Pee Dee River Basin. She has worked closely with the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and other partners to complete critical land protection, address monitoring and research needs within the landscape, engage in conservation and climate adaptation planning and promote sound stewardship of protected lands. She also engages in TNC’s efforts statewide to safeguard South Carolina’s oceans and coasts, restore native forests, and secure freshwater. Presentation



Addu, Donald. Citizen Direct Congressional Lobbying for Climate Solutions. Abstract Presentation

Aldridge, Heather. Best Practices for Accessing and Interpreting Climate Projections at Local Scales. Abstract Poster

Aldridge, Heather. Building, Evaluating, and Sharing Climate-Based Decision Support for Professional Foresters. Abstract Presentation

Aldridge, Heather. Tool Demonstration: Climate Voyager: A Web-Based Visualization System for Future Climate Projections. Abstract

Andeck, Greg. Hopeful Solutions for NC's Birds in the Face of Climate Change. Abstract Presentation

Avenarius, Christine. Constraints to Implementing Sea Level Rise Mitigation Strategies in Rural Eastern NC. Abstract Presentation

Baca, Aurelia. Towards Integrating Agricultural Land Adaptation and Conservation Planning. Abstract Presentation

Boby, Leslie. Building Resilience in Agriculture and Forestry: A Regional Extension Perspective. Abstract Presentation

Brinn, Daniel and Jess Whitehead. Changing Expectations: Using Film to Help Hyde County Residents Prepare for Floods. Abstract Jess Whitehead recorded presentation Hyde County, NC Video

Brinn, Daniel. Community Flood Resilience Planning in Hyde County, NC. Abstract Presentation

Burger, Dan, Rick DeVoe, Liz Fly, and Mark Wilbert. Catalyzing Events Leading to the Organization of the Charleston Resilience Network. Abstract Presentation

Callahan-Lussier, Bridget. Averting Disaster: Strategies to Avoid, Respond, and Plan for Major Floods in Coastal South Carolina. Abstract Poster

Carbone, Greg. How Extreme Was the October 2015 Precipitation Event in South Carolina. Abstract Presentation

Carbone, Greg. Putting Climate in Context through Local Videos. Abstract Presentation CISA Water and Climate Videos

Carroll, Paul. The Effect of the Inclusion of Sea Level Rise on the Evolution of Roadway Design Modeling. Abstract Presentation

Champion, Sarah and Laura Stevens. NOAA's State Climate Summaries for the National Climate Assessment. Abstract Presentation

Characklis, Greg. The Potential for Water Hedging to Increase Resilience. Abstract Presentation

Cherry, Kristine. Enhancing Resilience and Long-term Recovery Planning through Multi-state Regional Partnership. Abstract Presentation

Clemmer, Steve. Lights Out? Climate Impacts, Blackouts, and How Clean Energy Can Help. Abstract Presentation

Connolly, Katie. Are Water and Wastewater Utilities Ready for Climate Change? Abstract Presentation

Conrads, Paul. Hydrologic Record Extension of Salinity Data to Evaluate Long-Term Coastal Drought Conditions. Abstract Presentation

Considine, Carol. Hampton Roads Infrastructure Planning Challenges. Abstract Presentation

Covi, Michelle. What Is a "Whole of Community" Approach to Planning for Adaptation? Abstract Presentation

Coz, Joseph. A Coastal Flood Climatology for the Lowcountry. Abstract Poster

Cutter, Susan. Tool Demonstration: Data and Tools for Integrating Climate Adaptation Assessments and Hazard Mitigation Plans. Abstract

Davis, Corey. Gridded Fire Danger Estimates for Spatially Continuous Fire Risk Monitoring. Abstract Poster

Davis, Corey. Sharing Statewide Climate Expertise through North Carolina's Climate Blog. Abstract Presentation

DeVoe, Rick. The South Carolina Stormwater Ponds Research and Management Collaborative. Abstract Presentation

Dissen, Jenny. Key Findings from Engagement with the Utility Sector. Abstract Presentation

Dobson, Greg. Using 3D GIS Visualization to Communicate Flood Risk and Climate Change Information in Coastal Communities. Abstract Poster

Doran, Elizabeth. Urban Heat Island and Urban Form in Durham, North Carolina and Levers for Change. Abstract Presentation

Eddy, Lora. Tool Demonstration: North Carolina Coastal Resilience Tool: Applications for Identifying Nature-based Solutions. Abstract

Edwards, Jenny . Jobs, Forests, & Rivers — Accomplishing Climate Change Resiliency in Rural NC through Model Forest Policy Tools. Abstract Presentation

Faeth, Paul. Demonstration of the Texas Energy Water Simulator. Abstract

Fauver, Stephanie. The Climate Communication Challenge. Abstract Presentation

Fauver, Stephanie. Tool Demonstration: Using Maps to Build Coastal Resilience. Abstract

Feaster, Toby. The Flood of October 2015 and Other Major Floods in South Carolina. Abstract Presentation

Flatt, Victor. Climate Risk, Insurance, and Reinsurance. Abstract

Flatt, Victor and Heather Payne. Resilience From Environmental and Energy Markets. Abstract Presentation

Fly, Liz. Community Leadership in Planning for Sea Level Rise. Abstract Presentation

Giovannettone, Jason. Using Climate Variability to Predict Precipitation at Various Time Scales throughout the Carolinas. Abstract Poster

Gray, Geneva. Climate Uncertainty for Coastal and Estuarine Environments. Abstract Presentation

Hall, Nina Flagler and Carolina Dougherty. The Emperor’s New Clothes: Redressing the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. Abstract Presentation

Hanks, Armon. A Public Health Risk Assessment of Vulnerable Water Infrastructure in Coastal Cities. Abstract Presentation

Hartje, Liz. Tool Demonstration: MyCoast: South Carolina — Enhancing Awareness of Coastal Hazards Through Citizen Engagement. Abstract

Hartung, Kerri. Disaster Resilience Scorecard — A Tool to Support Community Preparedness and Resiliency. Abstract Presentation

Hicks, Jeff. Tool Demonstration: Tools for Building Community Climate Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships. Abstract

Hoagland, Roy and Emily Steinhilber. Legal Lessons from an Intergovernmental Approach. Abstract Presentation

Hollingshead, Annette. Tool Demonstration: The Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) Demonstration — An Enterprise Approach to Strengthen Climate Resiliency and Capacity. Abstract

Hubbard, Bill. Building a Climate Smart Mobile Application for Foresters: The Service Forester's Mobile Application Toolkit Version 2. Abstract Presentation

Hutchins, Matt. The Application of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and Its “Five Steps to Resilience” to Support Municipal Planning. Abstract Presentation

Johnson, Ian. Developing a Coastal Resiliency Assessment for North Carolina's Cape Fear River Basin. Abstract Poster

Jurjonas, Matthew. Rural Coastal Communities: Adapting to Sea Level Rise with a Changing Economy. Abstract Poster

Jurjonas, Matthew. Rural Coastal Community Resilience: Adapting to Rising Seas and Salinization on the Albemarle Pamlico Peninsula. Abstract Presentation

Keppler, Blaik. Evaluating Living Shorelines in South Carolina. Abstract Presentation

Kozak, Ginnie. Maintaining Military Missions:  Coordinated Approach to Sea Level Rise Infrastructure Impacts. Abstract Presentation

Lamm, Maria. October 2015 Flood: Response & Recovery. Abstract Presentation

Lansdell, Terry. Making the Invisible Visible Using Tools, Science, and Art. Abstract Presentation

LaRocco, Michelle. The Science of Science Denial and How to Debunk Climate Myths. Abstract Presentation

Lee, John. Southeast Agriculture Adaptation Workbook: A Hands-On Tool for Extension Agents, Land Managers, and Growers. Abstract Presentation

Leeper, Ronald. Analysis of Soil Moisture Metrics to Assess Societal Risks to Hydrological Extremes. Abstract Poster

Lindner, Lee. Communicating the Risk of Tropical Storm Surge to the Public in Charleston, SC. Abstract Presentation

Lu, Junyu. Spatial Visualization of Historical Drought Impacts on Agriculture in North and South Carolina. Abstract Poster

Mack, Chris. Effective Strategies for Communicating Risk. Abstract Presentation

Magi, Brian. Engaging University Students as Stakeholders in Climate Change. Abstract Presentation

Mahan, Simon. Wind Power: Keeping the Lights On. Abstract Presentation

McMahon, James. Accelerating Climate Services for Utilities. Abstract

McLellan, Kelsey and Treadaway, David. Perspective Matters: Three-Dimensionally Visualizing Projected Sea Level Rise for Charleston, SC. Abstract Presentation

Mehaffey, Megan. Tool Demonstration: EnviroAtlas: A Spatially Explicit Tool Combining Climate Change Scenarios and Ecosystem Services Indicators. Abstract

Mizzell, Hope. Online Interactive Journal Outlines 2015 South Carolina Historic Rain and Flooding. Abstract Journal Link

Moore Myers, Jennifer. What, When, Where, and What Now: Changing Climate Email Alerts. Abstract Presentation

Morris, Hilary. Tool Demonstration: Explore the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint. Abstract

Morris, Hilary. The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint: From Planning to Action. Abstract Presentation

Morris, Priscilla. Business Owner Perceptions of Economic, Social and Environmental Vulnerability: The Case for Ecosystem Services in Coastal Communities. Abstract Poster

Nowlin, Matthew. Public Support for Climate Change Adaptation Among SC's Coastal Residents. Abstract Presentation

Olinksky Paul, Todd. How Solar + Energy Storage Builds Resilience. Abstract Presentation

Osborne, Robert. Development of a Groundbreaking Sea Level Strategy Plan for the City for Charleston. Abstract Presentation

Patel, Aashka. Developing Information for Integration of Climate Change in Long-term Water Supply Planning. Abstract Presentation

Plunket, Jennifer. The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats. Abstract Presentation

Polonkey, Alba. A Controlled Burn Approach to Stimulate Change. Abstract Presentation

Prat, Olivier. Long-term Quantification of Extreme Precipitation in Relation with Tropical and Extra-tropical Cyclonic Activity over the Carolinas. Abstract Poster

Prete, Phil. Community Resilience: Understanding Infrastructure Vulnerability. Abstract Presentation

Rennie, Jared. Shaken or Stirred: How Do You Want Your Climate Data? Abstract Presentation

Reynier, Whitney. The State of Climate-Informed Water Resources Action in the Southeast and Caribbean. Abstract Poster

Rimer, Linda. Overview: Working Together for Climate Resilience: Linking Local Planning Efforts. Abstract

Rohmer, Ashton. Buy-In for Buyouts: Buyout Best Practices and Their Implications for Hazard Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation. Abstract Presentation

Russell, Madeleine. Building Resilience through the Community Rating System: Using Sea Grant Resources to Assist Local Communities. Abstract Presentation

Rycerz, Amanda and Annette Hollingshead. Success Stories on User-Engagement with NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Data. Abstract Presentation

Salvesen, David. Communicating Climate in the Carolinas through the Power of Film. Abstract Climate Stories NC Link

Sassard, Andrea. Tool Demonstration: Coastal South Carolina Water Monitoring Locations: A Visualization and Access Portal. Abstract

Selm, Kathryn. Climate Change Risk Perceptions and Household-level Adaptive Capacity of Citizens in a Landlocked City in North Carolina. Abstract Poster

Shelley, David. Lessons from Lessons: Making Climate Impact Videos with 9th Grade World Geography Students. Abstract Presentation

Smith, Sara and Kelly Squires Tool Demonstration: Mapping the Health Impact. Abstract

Starkman, Kendall. Financing Stormwater Resilience: How Energy Efficiency Can Inform Decision Making for GSI. Abstract Poster

Steinhilber, Emily. The Hampton Roads Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project: An Overview. Abstract Presentation

Stevens, Scott. Impact of Precipitation on Motor Vehicle Fatalities in the Carolinas. Abstract Poster

Stiles, Skip. Helping Local Governments Take the Lead on Sea Level Rise Adaptation. Abstract Presentation

Thompson, Terry. Utility Adaptation Case Study for the Carolinas Region. Abstract Presentation

Tormey, Blair. Coastal Vulnerability Assessments for National Park Service Infrastructure: Examples in the Carolinas. Abstract Presentation

Valdez, Rene. From Conversation to Action: Motivating Adolescents towards Climate Change Mitigation Behaviors. Abstract

Ward, Ashley. The Heat Health Vulnerability Tool. Abstract Presentation

Ward, Bethney. Tool Demonstration: Incorporating Climate Change into Conservation Planning – An Approach and Tools You Can Use. Abstract

Ward, Rebecca. Tool Demonstration: The NC State Climate Office Integrated Water Portal. Abstract

Ward, Rebecca. Measuring Drought. Abstract Presentation

Ward, Rebecca. Obtaining Drought Information. Abstract Presentation

Wenzel, Laura. Advocating for Preparation and Prevention of Climate Change Health Impacts. Abstract Presentation

Werth, David. Climate Change Resilience Planning at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. Abstract Presentation

White, Holly. Adaptation Planning in the Outer Banks: Overcoming Barriers in a Multiple Decision-Maker Environment. Abstract Presentation

White, Holly. Next Steps in Climate Adaptation in Nags Head, NC. Abstract Presentation

Williams, Carolee. Deadline Data Determination: Sea Level Rise and Resilience. Abstract Presentation

Woodruff, Sierra. Leveraging University Resources to Integrate Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation in the Eno-Haw Region. Abstract Presentation

Woodruff, Sierra. Planning for an Unknowable Future: Uncertainty in Climate Change Adaptation Planning. Abstract Presentation

Xuan, Yi. Modeling and Optimizing Multi-reservoir System for Catawba River Basin under Changing Climates. Abstract Presentation