Contextualizing Variability: Enviro-Climatic Perception and the Potential for Adaptation

Type: Paper
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon D1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Amelia Eisenhart, Kelley Crews
Chairs: Kelley Crews


When and how people can or will adapt to climate change is a widely debated topic. Research into environmental perceptions and experiences indicates that adaptation is undertaken after change crosses a certain threshold. These thresholds may differ by region, residence time, culture group, or livelihood portfolio and further may differ across spatial and temporal scales of change in ways that impart meaning and survival to local peoples. This session explores how individual, household, and/or community perceptions of variability and extremes in environmental change influence the potential capacity for adaptation and resilience in human-environment systems given issues of access that may vary across or within culture groups. Papers that would contribute well to this session include discussions of temporal and spatial variability in environmental change, evaluation of potentially altered livelihood practices and under what conditions those change, how extreme events or environments are perceived in the context of climate change and adaptation, and ultimately how resilience within these systems is dependent on people’s perception of their environment. This session seeks a diversity of geographic locations in order to evaluate results across the globe with the goal of jointly contributing to the identification, realization, and reaction to thresholds of perceived environmental change and human response.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Christopher Bacon*, Santa Clara University, William Sundstrom , Santa Clara University , Iris Stewart-Frey, Santa Clara University , Ed Maurer, Santa Clara University , Lisa Kelley, Santa Clara University , Vulnerability and Response of Small Farmers to Environmental Hazards: A longitudinal analysis of agricultural livelihoods and access to food and water 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Brianna Castro*, Harvard University, Resisting Migration: Vulnerability and Resilience during Slow-Onset Environmental Crisis 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Rebecca Page*, University of Colorado Boulder, Lisa Dilling, University of Colorado Boulder, How does experience of extremes influence adaptation? Insights from Colorado water systems 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Johannes Herbeck*, University of Bremen, From Migration to Mobility: Mobile Policies of Adapting to Rapid Coastal Change and Sea Level Rise 20 11:00 AM
Presenter Kelley Crews*, University of Texas - Austin, Repeat defenders: when cumulative flooding cycles help or hinder socio-ecological resilience 20 11:20 AM

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