HDGC-HRD Symposium: Socio-ecological Justice in Hazards Adaptation: Perceptions & Stakeholder Engagement

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: HDGC & HRD Symposium: Socio-ecological Justice in Hazards Adaptation
Sponsor Groups: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 6
Organizers: Samuel Rufat, Nicole Hutton, Alana Rader, An-Min Wu
Chairs: Ronald Schumann


The confluence of disasters in 2020 underscores not only the urgency of human adaptation amid worsening hazards but also the necessity of integrating social and environmental justice into these plans. The impacts of human-induced climate change are becoming ever more noticeable, contributing to rising seas, sluggish tropical cyclones, more intense wildfires, and novel diseases. Human and ecological communities are at greater risk of harm. Consistent investments in unsustainable practices of economic development, urban growth, land use, natural resource use, and energy production are endangering entire ecosystems and magnifying inequalities in human systems. What is worse, in many cases, a combination of human action and inaction has exacerbated feedback loops between human and ecological systems that now perpetuate physical and social vulnerability.

Geographic research on equitable socio-ecological adaptation is increasingly valuable in the face of more frequent and intense hazards. Whether at an individual, community, or institutional scale, human responses to global environmental change that prioritize justice and sustainability can foster innovation, creativity, and increased resilience to extreme events.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Sandra Ricart*, University of Alicante, Interuniversity Institute of Geography, Antonio Manuel Rico Amoros, University of Alicante, Interuniversity Institute of Geography, From collapse to challenge of socio-ecological systems: Learning from stakeholders’ perception of a coastal wetland, El Hondo Natural Park (Spain) 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Hua Liu*, Old Dominion University, Yuhao Wu*, Troy University, Jason Lee, Old Dominion University, Evaluation of quality of life in Hampton Roads, Virginia by integrating urban environmental conditions and survey results 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Kathryn Davies*, University of Utah, Benjamin Davies, University of Utah, Paula Blackett, National Institute of Water and Atmosheric Research, Paula Holland, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Nicholas Cradock-Henry, Landcare Research, Adaptive and interactive futures: developing a ‘serious game’ for coastal community engagement and decision making 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Pam Rittelmeyer*, University of California - Santa Cruz, The role of knowledge in the efficacy of adaptation responses to water-induced disasters: a literature review 15 2:15 PM
Presenter Sarah E Walker*, Colorado State University, Brett L Bruyere , Human Dimensions of Natural Resources , Colorado State University , Apin Yasin , Samburu Youth Education Fund , Jill Zarestky, School of Education, Colorado State University, , Elizabeth Lenaiyasa , Samburu Youth Education Fund , Anna Lolemu , Samburu Youth Education Fund , Tomas Pickering , Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University, Education and adaptive capacity: The influence of formal education on climate change adaptation of pastoral women 15 2:30 PM

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