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Climate Adaptation Research Symposium | "Measuring and Addressing Societal Impacts"

Climate Adaptation Research Symposium | "Measuring and Addressing Societal Impacts"

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Virtual via Zoom
Wade Crowfoot, Secretary for Natural Resources, California Natural Resources Agency
Bryn Lindblad, Deputy Director, Climate Resolve
Robert E. O'Connor, Program Director of the Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Program, National Science Foundation
Walter Gillis Peacock, Program Director of the Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment Program, National Science Foundation
Jalonne L. White-Newsome, Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation


As global temperatures rise, climate change is causing far-reaching impacts. Communities continue to experience extreme heat waves, destructive wildfires, and devastating floods and storms. Vulnerable and low-income populations feel these impacts the most.

Climate change presents an unprecedented threat—however, researchers are making progress to estimate the impacts of climate change on many aspects of society—health, safety, and wellbeing; migration; economic outputs and productivity—and to offer potential solutions. This arena of research offers a path forward to creating resilient communities and a society that can respond to rapidly changing environmental conditions.

This full-day symposium will highlight recent research measuring the impacts of climate change, particularly on vulnerable populations and communities. The event will also include a parallel focus on strategies to address these impacts. It will foster cross-disciplinary dialogue between researchers and ultimately serve to improve our collective understanding of the climate adaptation research landscape; existing gaps; and how researchers can assist in informing adaptation and resiliency policies that are urgently needed.

The Fielding School's UCLA Center for Healthy Climate Solutions is an event partner for the symposium.