We were committed to making the CCRC accessible for everyone in the Carolinas resilience community despite the ongoing pandemic. We offered virtual session and presentation options for those who participated remotely. In-person participation was limited to 80 people to allow for social distancing onsite.
All sessions (excluding the virtual pre-conference workshops) were hosted in a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual speakers and attendees.
All conference sessions and presentations were recorded. Recorded content is available to registered attendees through the virtual conference platform until August 31, 2021.
These 1-hour sessions included 5-minute presentations from 5-6 speakers followed by 30 minutes of
Each presenter gave a brief 5-minute overview of their poster presentation, followed by 30 minutes of facilitated discussion. All posters were available through the virtual conference platform to view at any time throughout the conference. Congratulations to the winners of the competition!
- 1st Place
Bonnie Ertel, The Citadel - “Environmental Fate of Microplastics and Tire Wear Particles from Coastal Floodwater in Charleston, SC”
- Runners Up
Lauren Grimly, UNC Chapel Hill — “Flood Hazards at the River-Coastal Interface of Carolina Watersheds”
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Meredith Hovis, NC State University — “Discounted Cash Flow and Capital Budgeting of FloodWise, a Pilot Water Farming Program in Eastern North Carolina”
The major events of the year leading up to the 2021 CCRC, including the coronavirus pandemic, social justice movement, and extreme weather events, present the adaptation community with both challenges and opportunities as we look towards a more resilient future. Lessons learned and research about these issues and their connections to climate change in the Carolinas were included as session and presentation topics at the conference.
Understanding the data is one thing, applying it for real-world decision-making takes additional experience and expertise; examples of how adaptation in the Carolinas has been supported through applied climate science; methods for understanding, assessing, and/or evaluating the nature of climate risks and impacts in the Carolinas
From hurricanes and flooding to extreme heat and drought, lessons learned from past extreme events in the Carolinas; incorporating recent extremes and future climate considerations into planning and recovery strategies for a more resilient future
Holistic approaches to adaptation in the Carolinas, such as cross-sectoral collaboration, regional planning efforts, and public/private partnerships
Effectively communicating risk, opportunity, resilience, and adaptation in the face of climate change; creative messaging and visualization strategies through art, music, and cultural preservation to inspire action; virtual engagement strategies; strategies to effectively engage diverse perspectives
Finance, funding, and investment mechanisms to support your climate adaptation action items; understanding the cost of inaction
Development and implementation of equitable, community-driven solutions to climate impacts in the Carolinas; designing adaptation strategies that address vulnerabilities, multiple hazards, and compounding stressors
Strategies for adapting local and state regulations to support the implementation of adaptation strategies in the built and/or natural environment; eliciting support from and/or working with elected officials