October 26–28, 2020 | Durham, NC


Conversations in the hall are often the best part of a conference. Presentations at the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference are designed around alternative formats to allow for more discussion and interaction among all participants. The descriptions below share a bit of information about the different presentation formats. Please consider how these approaches can make helpful connections.


Topics for discussion in sessions may include, but are not limited to, the following subjects

Climate Science, Research, and Information in the Carolinas

  • Climate trends, variability and teleconnections in the Carolinas
  • Available climate resources for decision makers and resource managers – identifying and using data and information resources
  • Climate change research and modeling
  • Sea level rise projections and tools
  • Climate and hydrology
  • Climate impacts on water resources, natural resources, urban areas, and communities

Planning for Resilience

  • Conducting vulnerability assessments
  • Making decisions in the face of uncertainty
  • Identifying and assessing the economic consequences of climate
  • Integrating climate change into sustainability planning
  • Mainstreaming climate into ongoing activities or plans
  • Using climate adaptation tools: moving from planning to practice
  • Encouraging equitable climate adaptation
  • Fostering community engagement

Coping with Climate

  • Case studies of local and regional efforts underway
  • Drought response and management
  • Planning for weather extremes and hazards: precipitation (flooding), temperature (heat)
  • Tropical storms, coastal flooding and storm surge
  • Resources, tools, trainings to help decision makers and managers address climate threats
  • Increasing resilience through disaster recovery

Sector-Specific Projects and Activities

  • Agriculture
  • Built environment and infrastructure
  • Coastal communities and resources
  • Hazards and emergency management
  • Natural resources
  • Public health
  • Tourism
  • Water management
  • Climate adaptation in the private sector

Climate Communications and Outreach

  • Addressing local impacts and concerns
  • Communicating uncertainty
  • Developing effective communication strategies and messages
  • Engaging partners and stakeholders
  • Working with elected officials and the public