HDGC-HRD Symposium: Socio-ecological Justice in Hazards Adaptation: Extreme Event Projections & Societal Response

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: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (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 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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