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Consulting

  • Translation of scientific information to make it more accessible and usable to a broad range of stakeholders
  • Climate adaptation planning and process development
  • Mapping and identification of critical habitats using GIS
  • Strategic planning and management plan development
  • Workshop and event planning

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Photo: Charlotte Stevenson

Research

  • What is the impact of increased coastal urbanization? What happens when 10 million people living along the coast?
  • How will climate change impact business supply chains?
  • How will climate change impact marine-based food supply?
  • What are  public and private sector needs in planning for climate change?
  • What are the best methods for helping businesses and communities adapt to our changing climate?

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Highlighted Research

The Long Arm of Climate Change: Exploring Climate Change Impacts via “Societal Teleconnections”

A Western Digital factory flooded by the 2011 Thailand floods. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/business/global/07iht-floods07.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)

A Western Digital factory flooded by the 2011 Thailand floods. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/business/global/07iht-floods07.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)

Social scientists have used the notion of "societal teleconnections" to help convey the idea that vulnerabilities to climate change as well as our capacities to prepare for and respond to them do not just originate and unfold locally but can also result from long-distance relationships. A recent example of a societal teleconnection is the occurrence of the massive 2011 Thailand floods (driven by the strongest monsoon in 50 years) which killed more than 800 people locally, disrupted local agriculture and physically affected some 10,000 factories that manufactured computer chips required in computer, camera and car production globally, disturbing a global supply chain with significant fiscal impacts on Silicon Valley business giants. Societal teleconnections focuses attention on the human-created linkages via people, structures, processes and institutions, which transcend local and national boundaries and have global impacts.

Read our soon-to-be released research piece in the Journal of Climatic Change.