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Advancing Coastal Risk Reduction with Ecosystems and Equity

Globally, extreme weather, sea-level rise, and ecosystem degradation are placing people and infrastructure at greater risk of damages from coastal hazards.  Flooding and erosion may be reduced by intact reefs and vegetation when these habitats fringe vulnerable communities.  Yet the magnitude and nature of these effects are highly context dependent, making it difficult to know under what conditions ecosystems are likely to be effective for saving lives and protecting property.  Adapting to, planning for, and reducing risks from coastal hazards , especially in the face of global environmental change, is the kind of multi-scale, complex societal challenge that requires rigorous interdisciplinary research and new ways of bridging traditional boundaries between society and academia.  I approach my work with a strong background in empirical and theoretical ecology and extensive experience in linking social, ecological, and physical science, developing quantitative models, and studying participatory processes.  I will present research innovations in quantifying the contribution of ecosystems to coastal risk reduction and sustainable development in the US and Caribbean.  I will also share ideas for future work exploring issues of equity in risk reduction and climate adaptation.

Speaker: Katie Arkema, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Wednesday, 03/07/18


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Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2)

Stanford University
Room 111
Stanford, CA 94305

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