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.
|Presenter||Elizabeth Alexander*, Royal Holloway, University of London, Last Census of Newtok: A Climate Induced Evacuation in Slow-Motion||15||9:35 AM|
|Presenter||Nathan Kettle*, University of Alaska Fairbanks, John Walsh, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Lindsey Heaney, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Richard Thoman, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kyle Redilla, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Lynneva Carroll, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Integrating archival analysis, observational data, and climate projections to assess extreme event impacts in Alaska||15||9:50 AM|
|Presenter||Maria Rusca*, , Gabriele Messori, Uppsala University, Giuliano Di Baldassarre , Uppsala University, Methodological experimentation in political ecology: building scenarios of societal responses to future hydrological extremes||15||10:05 AM|
|Presenter||Han Li*, University of Miami, Richard Grant, University of Miami, Treading Water: Climate Gentrification in Miami Dade County||15||10:20 AM|
|Presenter||Stacy-ann Robinson*, Colby College, Climate change adaptation in SIDS: A systematic review of the literature pre and post the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report||15||10:35 AM|
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